Slavery & Freedom and Civil Rights Movement Online Lesson Units

Slavery and Freedom

This virtual journey explores the complexities of slavery and freedom in antebellum Savannah through the lens of the Owens-Thomas House and Slave Quarters. Students can learn about the connections between the institution of slavery and the global economy and discover how one city can teach us about society and culture before the Civil War. Key concepts are presented through interactive elements like primary source letters and images, navigable maps, videos, and a virtual walking tour. Launch Here is the User Guide, in pdf format.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore the hidden lives of domestic servants enslaved by the Owens and Richardson families.
  • Examine first-hand accounts of how enslaved people resisted efforts to dehumanize them and, in the process, attempted to form their own culture.
  • Analyze primary documents detailing the different enslaved experiences and how they varied throughout the region.
  • Engage in critical thinking with discussion questions that probe enduring understandings in social studies.
  • Navigate coastal Georgia’s economy to learn about the life of an elite slaveholding family and the labor of their enslaved workers.
  • Connect innovations like the cotton gin to the increased demand for enslaved labor and its effect on Georgia’s economy.
  • Investigate Savannah’s complex and interconnected society as well as the surrounding legal system.
  • Assess agricultural and structural systems of the time while creating models of cultural activities.
Slavery and Freedom Lesson Unit

Civil Rights Movement

This standards-based learning journey transports students to the era of the Civil Rights Movement, a critical period of time in United States history. Brimming with comprehensive, cross-curricular content, including 14 videos, primary source images and documents, compelling photo galleries, interactive maps, artwork, music, and more, this virtual collection invites students into an engaging exploration of some of the most significant events of the Civil Rights Movement. Here is the User Guide, in pdf format.

Themes and Topics – The journey centers around seven major themes:

  • A Broken Beginning: Jim Crow Laws and Segregation, Plessy v. Ferguson, and Atlanta Race Riot
  • Educational Equality: Brown v. Board of Education, Ruby Bridges, and Little Rock Nine
  • Taking A Stand: Montgomery Bus Boycott and Freedom Rides
  • Marching Forward: The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Changing Tides: Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965
  • Georgia’s Resistance: 1956 State Flag, Sibley Commission, and Albany Movement
  • Pressing On: Notable Georgians and modern human rights organizations

Students can:

  • Watch videos narrated by experts
  • Listen to firsthand accounts
  • Analyze primary source images and documents
  • Explore interactive photo galleries and maps
  • Reflect on the music created during the time period
  • Interpret and explain artwork
  • Clip and save sections of the content to their device for further reflection and analysis
Civil Rights Movement Lesson Unit

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  1. Today in America we are not free. We are burdened by a history of racial inequality and injustice. It compromises us; it constrains us. We live with the legacy of slavery, and that legacy has created a shadow that undermines so many of our best efforts to get to something that looks like justice.

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