STRATFORD HALL PLANTATION SEMINAR ON SLAVERY July 22, 2001 - August 3, 2001
The seminar is designed to help teachers of history and social studies grades 4-12 and museum educators employed full time in a public history setting to incorporate the history of African-American slavery into their programs. Although the main focus will be the history of slavery in Virginia, the seminar will provide participants with a general study of slavery in America.
Topics will include: the origins of slavery in North America, slavery and religion, the slave family, slave narratives, urban slavery (including a tour of Colonial Williamsburg), slave revolts, Jefferson and slavery, the relationship between enslaved people and slave holders, the archaeology of slavery, and the relationship of free African Americans to those in bondage.
Through lectures, discussions, field trips, readings, and projects, the participants will have the unique opportunity to interact with historians in the field enabling them to gain new insights into the experience of slavery. The emotional and, at times, interpretative nature of the subject matter will challenge the participants to confront both themselves and one another so that the history of slavery can be presented with honesty, fairness, and sensitivity in their classrooms and museum programs.
The director of the seminar will be Dr. Philip J. Schwarz, professor of History at Virginia Commonwealth University and author of _Twice Condemned: Slaves and Criminal Law of Virginia, 1705-1865_ in addition to other topical studies of slavery. His most recent book is _Migrants Against Slavery: Virginians and the Nation_. Renowned scholars in the field of Slavery, including historians, archaeologists, and museum professionals will engage the participants in interactive sessions. Applications: Complete applications must be received by February 26, 2001, and all applicants will be notified of their status during the second week in April.
Questions about the seminar may be directed to Slavery Seminar Staff at firstname.lastname@example.org, (804) 493-1558 or FAX (804) 493-8006. (Snail-mail address: Education Office, duPont Library, Stratford Hall Plantation, Stratford, VA 22558.) See the education page at the Stratford Hall Plantation Web site--http://www.stratfordhall.org--for a full description of the seminar and for an online application blank. Some coverage of the 2000 seminar is available at http://www.stratalum.org/.
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