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NEH funded website with lesson plans, videos and age-appropriate links.

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Phillis Wheatley Biography

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Phillis Wheatley was an African American poet and slave. She wrote Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, making her the first African American and first U.S. slave to publish a volume of poetry. Learn more at Biography.com.
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Abraham Galloway: From Cartridge Box to Ballot Box

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A black man in New Bern doesn’t want to be gifted the rights of freedom after the war. He wants to fight for them and win them. (Volume 2, Part 10)
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Galloway acts as the chief representative of the more than 10,000 freedmen who have found refuge at New Bern or three nearby camps — notably James City, a tent and shanty town on the south bank of the Trent River.

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Thomas Day: A Master Craftsman, With Complications : NPR

Thomas Day was a successful North Carolina furniture builder and woodworker in the decades before the Civil War. He was also of mixed-race heritage -- and he appears to have owned slaves. A new book and exhibition tell his story.
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Teaching American History in Maryland - Documents for the Classroom - Maryland State Archives

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Letters from a Slave Girl: The Story of Harriet Jacobs | Mary E. Lyons

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What Mrs. Fisher Knows About So. Cooking

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This is a wonderful collection of 160 authentic and tasty recipes of the Old South. Originally published in 1881, it was the first African-American cookbook.
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Robert Smalls :: A Traveling Exhibition

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On May 13, 1862, Smalls executed a very bold plan to craft freedom for himself, his crew and their families. He commandeered a Confederate transport ship, the CSS Planter, in Charleston harbor, and sailed it to freedom beyond the Federal blockade.

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Little Known Black History Fact: Abraham Galloway

Little Known Black History Fact: Abraham Galloway | Crafting Freedom | Scoop.it
NOTE: Thank you to Phyllis Cunningham of Baltimore, MD for this black history subject. Abraham Galloway was a mixed-race, 19th century slave and brick mason. Born in Smithville, North Carolina, his...
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Unseamed: Elizabeth Keckley and her Narrative

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The Object of History | Behind the Scenes with the Curators of the National Museum of American History

The Object of History takes you behind the scenes with the curators at the National Museum of American History...
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Smithsonian Press--Legacies--5From Artifacts to America--Gown made by Elizabeth Keckley for Mary Todd Lincoln, about 1864

Smithsonian Press--Legacies--5From Artifacts to America--Gown made by Elizabeth Keckley for Mary Todd Lincoln, about 1864 | Crafting Freedom | Scoop.it
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Elizabeth Keckley

Elizabeth Keckly was an African American dressmaker who, born in slavery, bought her own freedom, and became most famous for serving as the modiste for Mary Todd Lincoln and for writing a narrative about her life and time in the white house.
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Cream Apple Pie Recipe by a Black Slave, Cookbook printed in 1881 - everythingPIES.com

Cream Apple Pie Recipe by a Black Slave, Cookbook printed in 1881 - everythingPIES.com | Crafting Freedom | Scoop.it
It is surprising that this cream apple pie recipe was ever published at all since this cookbook was written (at dictation) by a black slave.
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WPA Slave Narratives Connected to Beaufort County Heritage Library Foundation

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By Dr. James R.Rose   During the later years of the 1930s the WPA Slave Narratives Project was produced by the Federal Writers’ Project of…...
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Burwell School Historic Site

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The Burwell School is a historic house museum located in Hillsborough, NC that preserves and interprets the history of its antebellum and Civil War era residents.
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