Sunday, June 24, 2012

Website Spotlight: Africans in America

Website URL:

Introductory Note:

Welcome to one in a series of posts which spotlight quality websites that I use with my U.S. History survey course students at Azusa Pacific University to enrich the regular material in our learning modules.

In this post, I limit myself to those specific aspects of the website which I find fit particularly well within our face-to-face class sessions (each student is required to bring a laptop to class) or as the basis for the students' regularly-assigned written reactions.


We can access the rich material in this website by four time periods:

  • Part 1: 1450-1750
  • Part 2: 1750-1805
  • Part 3: 1791-1831
  • Part 4: 1831-1865

I find that Part 4 works well for my slavery module. Here is how it is laid out on the site.


Part 4: Judgment Day (1831-1865)

I. Narrative:

Map: From Coast to Coast
Antebellum Slavery (see below for my specific assignment)
Fugitive Slaves and Northern Racism (see below for my specific assignment)
Westward Expansion
The Civil War

II. Resource Bank:

People and Events
Historical Documents
Modern Voices (comments by historians)


With my class, I focused on two specific sections from Part 4, asking the students to work through the following links:


Introductory Narrative

Conditions of Antebellum Slavery

Fanny Kemble and Pierce Butler

Butler Island

The Weeping Time

H. E. Hayward and slave nurse Louisa

Slave quarters on St. Georges Island

James Horton on antebellum slavery

Nell Irvan Painter on soul murder and slavery

William Scarborough on antebellum slavery

Margaret Washington on Butler Island and slave life



Introductory Narrative

The Underground Railroad

Race-based legislation in the North

Harriet Jacobs

Harriet Tubman

Slave narratives and Uncle Tom's Cabin

Anthony Burns captured

David Blight on slave narratives and Uncle Tom's Cabin

Margaret Washington on Harriet Jacobs

~~For reviews of the Africans in America website:

History Matters (The U.S. Survey Course on the Web) (National History Education Clearinghouse)


Concluding Note:

I hope you will use this blog post in conjunction with both the modules on my Learning Professor wiki and the numerous other posts in my Website Spotlight series.

1. The website spotlighted in this post fits within the following U.S. History survey course module on the wiki:

2. The other blog posts in my Website Spotlight series--chronologically displayed by U.S. History survey course module-- can be found on this wiki page: 

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