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Hispanic Heritage: Celebrate and Learn!

Cinco de Mayo is Saturday May 5, in this the year of 2018. Learn (aprender) about Hispanic history and culture—all year long—with articles and teaching activities from

A Pocketful of History

--Sherry L. Field and Linda D. Labbo
Read a biography. Then examine "pocket contents." In Lincoln's vest pocket? A draft for a speech, theater tickets, and a photograph of his family, among other items. "Artifacts" are suggested for the pockets of Benito Juarez (president of Mexico), Grandma Moses (artist), Mary McLeod Bethune (black educator), and others.

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Was the Constitution Pro-Slavery? The Changing View of Frederick Douglass

By Robert Cohen
Many have questioned whether the document on which our nation is based sanctioned slavery. But renowned abolitionist Frederick Douglass, who originally condemned the Constitution, came to view it in a much different light.

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Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women (American Masters/PBS)

Examine the literary double life of this celebrated author, who wrote scandalous works under a pseudonym. The Alcott family was a hub of antebellum reformist thought in Massachusetts. Led by her father, Amos Bronson Alcott, members of the family advocated radical ideas for the time: Abolition, vegetarianism, women's suffrage, and public education. Some of these ideas echoed in his daughter's narratives. (Elizabeth Marvel and Jane Alexander star in the film).
Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 9:00pm

Anniversary in the Schools (classroom webinar commemorating 9/11)

Registration is now open. The 9/11 Memorial Museum invites teachers and students to participate in "Anniversary in the Schools," a free webinar commemorating the 17th anniversary of 9/11. The webinar, broadcast from inside the 9/11 Memorial Museum, connects students and teachers from around the world with museum staff and guest speakers to learn about the attacks and the importance of commemoration.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 8:00am

Dolores (Independent Lens/PBS)

With intimate and unprecedented access, Peter Bratt’s documentary "Dolores" tells the story of Dolores Huerta (1930 - ), among the most important, yet least-known, activists in American history. Co-founder of the first farmworkers union with Cesar Chavez, she tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the 20th century.
See local listing for exact dates and times of broadcast.
For a limited time: "The FULL FILM (1:35:39) | IN DRAMATIC Available until 4/24/2018."
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 9:00pm
July 9, 2018 - 9:30am EDT to July 12, 2018 - 9:30am EDT
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) hosts a Summer Teacher Institute for educators of grades 6-12 who have at least two years of classroom experience. The Institute -- held Monday, July 9 through Thursday, July 12, 2018 -- is free of charge and includes housing, breakfast, and lunch. Attendees are responsible for the cost of their travel to and from Washington, DC. The institute will inform and support teachers’ practices in bringing accurate, appropriate, and more complete understandings about American Indians to their students.


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