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Dive deeper into selected topics in African American history and culture with these links to digital resources from NMAAHC and other sites

Featured Resources

NMAAHC Educator Programs

Learn more about our Teaching and Learning Unit and Early Childhood Education Initiative

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NMAAHC Kids

Understanding and Celebrating Juneteenth

Use this guide to discuss the important concept of freedom, the history of slavery and Juneteenth with young children

Photograph of protest

Life in Freedom and Slavery

Learning History Through Objects

What can objects tell us about the daily lives of enslaved African Americans?

NMAAHC Educator Programs

Learn more about our Teaching and Learning Unit and Early Childhood Education Initiative

Image of educators at the NMAAHC museum

NMAAHC Kids

Understanding and Celebrating Juneteenth

Use this guide to discuss the important concept of freedom, the history of slavery and Juneteenth with young children

Photograph of protest

Life in Freedom and Slavery

Learning History Through Objects

What can objects tell us about the daily lives of enslaved African Americans?

Guides

NMAAHC Reading Resources

Slavery and Freedom

Book selections for 3rd–12th grade students and educators

Sample Image from the Educator's Guide

Fate in Her Hands

Educator’s Guide

Use this guide to open conversation about the economic and emotional toll of the U.S. Slave Trade

Photograph of Black and white child

NMAAHC Educator Programs

Learn more about our Teaching and Learning Unit and Early Childhood Education Initiative

Image of educators at the NMAAHC museum

NMAAHC Kids

Understanding and Celebrating Juneteenth

Use this guide to discuss the important concept of freedom, the history of slavery and Juneteenth with young children

Photograph of protest

NMAAHC Reading Resources

Slavery and Freedom

Book selections for 3rd–12th grade students and educators

Sample Image from the Educator's Guide

Fate in Her Hands

Educator’s Guide

Use this guide to open conversation about the economic and emotional toll of the U.S. Slave Trade

Photograph of Black and white child

NMAAHC Educator Programs

Learn more about our Teaching and Learning Unit and Early Childhood Education Initiative

Image of educators at the NMAAHC museum

NMAAHC Kids

Understanding and Celebrating Juneteenth

Use this guide to discuss the important concept of freedom, the history of slavery and Juneteenth with young children

Photograph of protest

Smithsonian Learning Lab

Medieval West Africa

Learning History Through Objects

What can objects tell us about the history and culture of medieval West Africa (600 to 1400 AD)?

Transatlantic Slave Trade

Learning History Through Objects

What can objects tell us about the experiences of those involved in creating and profiting from the Transatlantic Slave Trade, and those who were kidnapped and sold?

Slavery in Colonial America

Learning History Through Objects

What can objects tell us about the creation, development, and characteristics of slavery in Colonial America?

Atlantic Revolutions

Learning History Through Objects

What can objects tell us about the cultural understanding, use, and destruction of slavery throughout the Atlantic World by revolution?

The Paradox of Liberty

Learning History Through Objects

What can objects tell us about the paradox of liberty in the new United States?

The Founding Documents

Learning History Through Objects

What can objects tell us about the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, and their relationships to the paradox of slavery and freedom in the new United States?

Free African Americans and Their Communities

What can objects tell us about the experiences of free African Americans and their communities throughout the United States?

Medieval West Africa

Learning History Through Objects

What can objects tell us about the history and culture of medieval West Africa (600 to 1400 AD)?

Transatlantic Slave Trade

Learning History Through Objects

What can objects tell us about the experiences of those involved in creating and profiting from the Transatlantic Slave Trade, and those who were kidnapped and sold?

Slavery in Colonial America

Learning History Through Objects

What can objects tell us about the creation, development, and characteristics of slavery in Colonial America?

Atlantic Revolutions

Learning History Through Objects

What can objects tell us about the cultural understanding, use, and destruction of slavery throughout the Atlantic World by revolution?

The Paradox of Liberty

Learning History Through Objects

What can objects tell us about the paradox of liberty in the new United States?

The Founding Documents

Learning History Through Objects

What can objects tell us about the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, and their relationships to the paradox of slavery and freedom in the new United States?

Free African Americans and Their Communities

What can objects tell us about the experiences of free African Americans and their communities throughout the United States?

The War of 1812

Learning History Through Objects

What can objects tell us about the experiences of enslaved and free African Americans and their communities during the War of 1812?

Colonization, Emigration, and Maroonage

Learning History Through Objects

What can objects tell us about the experiences of African Americans in relation to the Colonization Movement, emigration, and maroonage?

The Documents of the Early Republic

What can objects tell us about the experiences of African Americans as understood through foundational documents that defined the political, economic, and social realms of the Early Republic?

Westward Expansion and the Domestic Slave Trade

What can objects tell us about the experiences of African Americans in relation to Westward Expansion and the Domestic Slave Trade?

Daily Acts of Resistance

Learning History Through Objects

What can objects tell us about the experiences of enslaved and free African Americans who engaged in daily acts of resistance?

Life in Freedom and Slavery

Learning History Through Objects

What can objects tell us about the daily lives of enslaved African Americans?

Abolition and the Coming of War

Learning History Through Objects

What can objects tell us about the abolitionists, the Abolitionist Movement, and the events highlighting the coming of the Civil War?

The War of 1812

Learning History Through Objects

What can objects tell us about the experiences of enslaved and free African Americans and their communities during the War of 1812?

Colonization, Emigration, and Maroonage

Learning History Through Objects

What can objects tell us about the experiences of African Americans in relation to the Colonization Movement, emigration, and maroonage?

The Documents of the Early Republic

What can objects tell us about the experiences of African Americans as understood through foundational documents that defined the political, economic, and social realms of the Early Republic?

Westward Expansion and the Domestic Slave Trade

What can objects tell us about the experiences of African Americans in relation to Westward Expansion and the Domestic Slave Trade?

Daily Acts of Resistance

Learning History Through Objects

What can objects tell us about the experiences of enslaved and free African Americans who engaged in daily acts of resistance?

Life in Freedom and Slavery

Learning History Through Objects

What can objects tell us about the daily lives of enslaved African Americans?

Abolition and the Coming of War

Learning History Through Objects

What can objects tell us about the abolitionists, the Abolitionist Movement, and the events highlighting the coming of the Civil War?

The Business of Slavery and the North

Learning History Through Objects

What can objects tell us about the connections between the Northern states, industrialization, business, and the institution of slavery?

The American Civil War

Learning History Through Objects

What can objects tell us about the experiences of enslaved and free African Americans and their experiences and participation in the American Civil War (1861–1865)?

Documents of the Antebellum Era

Learning History Through Objects

What can objects tell us about the experience of African Americans during the Antebellum Era (1815–1860)?

Press Play on History

Juneteenth

Explore objects related to Juneteenth and create your own playlist to interpret the meaning of the holiday

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Thinking Through Complex Systems

Rice Cultivation

Explore this collection to learn about the role of rice cultivation during slavery and the transmission of African traditions and knowledge

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The Business of Slavery and the North

Learning History Through Objects

What can objects tell us about the connections between the Northern states, industrialization, business, and the institution of slavery?

The American Civil War

Learning History Through Objects

What can objects tell us about the experiences of enslaved and free African Americans and their experiences and participation in the American Civil War (1861–1865)?

Documents of the Antebellum Era

Learning History Through Objects

What can objects tell us about the experience of African Americans during the Antebellum Era (1815–1860)?

Press Play on History

Juneteenth

Explore objects related to Juneteenth and create your own playlist to interpret the meaning of the holiday

Image from Press Play on History Learning Lab feature

Thinking Through Complex Systems

Rice Cultivation

Explore this collection to learn about the role of rice cultivation during slavery and the transmission of African traditions and knowledge

Image of Think through Complex Systems Learning Lab resource