Resources for Teaching Online: Civil Rights Webinars

BySarah Morgan Smith
On March 26, 2020

To truly understand the Civil Rights Movement in America, you have to also study the difficult and tumultuous history of slavery and constitutionalism in the nineteenth century. The Emancipation Proclamation ended the institution of slavery. The Fourteenth Amendment should have guaranteed freedoms, equality and civil rights for all men, however it would take many generations of hardships and court cases for that reality to be achieved. This collection of content-rich resources will help you and your stents to explore the complicated road endured by African Americans.

Our webinars are a conversation about critical questions between two scholars and a moderator, with questions from the live audience. The discussion is rooted in a set of primary documents published on this site in advance of each program. Many teachers around the country have used these to provide historical background students can access at home. They’ve used these webinars in “flipped” classroom formats and to help students who missed lessons due to absence.

If you’d like to learn from other members of the Teaching American History community of practice about how they have used our webinars in their online classrooms (or share your own ideas!), we invite you to connect with us on Facebook.

Below is a list of 12 webinars on topics related to the long story of the African American fight for Civil Rights from our archivesThese can be accessed without any form of registration. Each link gives you access to the documents discussed during the webinar, a video of the webinar on our YouTube channel, and our podcast archive of each episode. 

  1. American Controversies: Is the Constitution Pro- or Anti-Slavery?
  2. Landmark Supreme Court Cases: Dred Scott v. Sandford
  3. Great American Debates: Frederick Douglass vs. William Lloyd Garrison
  4. Documents in Detail: Frederick Douglass’ “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”
  5. American Minds: Frederick Douglass
  6. Documents in Detail: Plessy v. Ferguson
  7. Landmark Supreme Court Cases: Brown v. Board of Education
  8. Documents in Detail: MLK’s Letter from Birmingham City Jail
  9. Documents in Detail: MLK’s “I Have a Dream” Speech
  10. Moments of Crisis: Bloody Sunday in Selma
  11. Great American Debates: MLK vs. Malcolm X
  12. Landmark Supreme Court Cases: University of California vs. Bakke

If you’d like to be part of the conversation at our next live webinars, please join us on 4 APR 2020 to explore the truth and legend of Douglas MacArthur, perhaps America’s most consequential 20th Century military leader.


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