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Teaching 5 Things Everyone Should Know About Reconstruction

5 Things Everyone Should Know About Reconstruction

I’ll never forget the student’s response. I was in a middle school social studies class and asked the students what they knew about Black history. “Martin Luther King freed the slaves,” the student said. Martin Luther King Jr. was born in 1929. That’s more than six decades after the time of enslavement. To me, this comment showed how closely Americans associate Black history with slavery.

Tiffany Mitchell Patterson, Assistant Professor of Secondary Social Studies, West Virginia University
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