Black Confederates in a 7th Grade Classroom?
Yesterday I had a wonderful phone conversation with a 7th grade history teacher from Boston. The subject of black soldiers in the Confederate army came up in his class as part of a discussion of USCTs. The teacher promised the class that he would look for information, which led him to my recent NYTs editorial. From there he decided to contact me directly. I offered him what I consider to be the accepted scholarly consensus and then we discussed various resources that could be used in class. The first thing I suggested was the UVA case study of the doctored image of the Louisiana Native Guard. From there I directed him to my Black Confederate Resources page and my recent screencast reviews of two websites.
So, it looks like a class of 7th graders will be introduced to issues of media literacy via my two screencasts, the ease with which images can be distorted, and a short video by Bruce Levine from the BC Resources page. Yes, I am tooting my own horn, but I couldn’t be more pleased that the hard work that I put into this site is finding its way into history classrooms around the country.