Teaching Hard History: Preparing Students to Teach about American Slavery

Endorsed by the OAH Committee on Teaching

Friday, April 3, 2020, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Type: Roundtable Discussion

Tags: African American; Race; Slavery; Teaching and Pedagogy


Research by the Southern Poverty Law Center in 2018 drew attention to the need to do a better job teaching about the nation’s history of slavery in American schools. Participants at this session will use the “Teaching Hard History: A Framework for Teaching American Slavery” and “Teaching Hard History: American Slavery” report (both 2018) and draw on their experience working with secondary teachers to address ways to teach both the history of slavery and its persistent legacy for the nation.

Session Participants

Chair: Maureen Costello, Southern Poverty Law Center

Panelist: David W. Blight, Yale University

Panelist: Hasan Kwame Jeffries, Ohio State University

Panelist: Kevin Toro, Arlington High School, Massachusetts