Slavery Center Unveils Website Exploring Tangled Histories of Irish and African Americans
On March 16, the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition, unveiled a new web site, Tangled Roots,(http://www.yale.edu/glc/tangledroots/). The site investigates the histories of enslaved Africans and immigrants from Ireland and the common legacy of African and Irish Americans.
Designed for students, teachers and the general public, the website includes over 150 primary documents from the 17th century to the present, including news articles, legal documents, records of meetings, speeches,photographs, illustrations, census records and life narratives.
Extensive material is available in specific areas of Irish and African American history, including the burning of Boston's Ursuline Convent, the Civil War Draft Riots, the speeches of Frederick Douglass and Irish leader Daniel O'Connell, and meetings of anti-slavery societies in England and the United States.
In addition to the extensive collection of records, the site contains timelines and lesson plans for integrating the history into the social studies curriculum. The site is meant to contrbute to an understanding of race and ethnicity in America.
The site was developed by MaryAnnMatthews and Thomas O'Brien, research affiliates of the Gilder Lehrman Center. The Center, part of the Yale Center for International and Area Studies, is dedicated to promoting research in all aspects of slavery and its destruction, and to helping translate this information into public knowledge.
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