3 Replies Latest reply: May 9, 2012 1:47 PM by joe_phelan RSS

Emancipation Proclamation (1863), March on Washington (1963)...are you teaching them together in 2013?

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Next year marks the 50th and 150th anniversaries of two momentous events in American history: the March on Washington (August 28, 1963) and the Emancipation Proclamation (took effect January 1, 1863). In December, the National Museum of American History will open a new exhibition on these two events, and as we are planning related events and resources, we wanted to get your feedback on how these events are taught in classrooms.


Our current discussions for programming include a series of panel discussions on general themes related to the Civil War and civil rights movement: oratory/speech making, violent protest/rioting versus nonviolent protest, photography, presidential politics/assassination, etc. We wondered, do you ever teach these thematically? Will you change the way you look at these events next year, given the anniversaries?


We were also looking at expanding our current resource, Exploring the Gettysburg Address, to discuss speech writing more broadly with the “I Have a Dream” speech. Do you teach these speeches together, and if so, what advice do you have for us?

Or, we have discussed bringing elements of Emancipation eve celebrations--music, speeches, dramatic readings of poetry--to the Museum to help visitors see how the moment was commemorated.  Would teachers be interested in classroom-friendly guides to these celebrations?


I look forward to hearing from you! And, if you're visiting Washington, the exhibit should open toward the end of December of this year and will be up through August of 2013.



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