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New Approaches to the History of Slavery: The View from the Penn and Slavery Project

Seminar Leader:
Kathleen Brown


This seminar focused on developing new teaching and learn-ing strategies from two interrelated areas of research on the history of slavery: an insider’s view of the research being done by the Penn Slavery Project’s student researchers, and an introduction to recent historical scholarship. Beginning in the fall of 2017, a group of students under Professor Brown’s supervision looked at various connections between the University and slavery, including economic ties to the slave trade and early medical research that promoted bio-logical racism. The seminar challenged teachers to find meaningful ways to bring the research into the schools. Throughout the semester we brainstormed strategies for the K-12 classroom.

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Liberated Through Literacy: The African American Pursuit of Equity in Education

Charlette Walker
Keywords: anti-literacy laws, Black educators, Black history, courage, education, ELA, literacy, neo-slavery, Reading, resilience, Slavery, systemic racism

“Free To Be ME”

Charlene Jones
Keywords: abolitionist, bullying, by-stander, campaign, Middle School, Slavery, students, up-standers

Can the New Histories of Slavery Create Compassion In Youth

Donna Butler-Jones
Keywords: African American History, Black History month, Slavery

Welcome to America: Enslaved Diasporic and Indigenous People

Jeri Johnson, M.S. Ed., M.S. School Psychology
Keywords: Afircan American History, American History, indigenous people, Slavery

Slavery: A Tough Lesson to Learn

Margo Pinckney-Wilson
Keywords: diversity, poetry, Slavery

The Slavery Project: Why It All Matters

Nora Karasanyi
Keywords: “Negro Spirituals”, abolition, abolitionist, awakening, bondage, discrimination, emancipation, existence, freedom – spiritual, inequality, justice, kidnapping, memory book, monologue, oppression, physical, proclamation, racism, Reverse Underground Railroad, Slavery, subservient, suffrage, Underground Railroad

Forging A Connection: Releasing the Bondage of Internalized Oppression through Quality Social Studies Instruction

Sondra W. Gonzalez
Keywords: abolitionist, internalized racism. vacant esteem. ever-present anger. racial socialization, Slavery

The Dis-Connection of Our Roots

Stephanie M. Robinson
Keywords: African American History, roots, Slavery