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The After Slavery Website: A New Online Resource for Teaching U.S. Slave Emancipation

The After Slavery Website: A New Online Resource for Teaching U.S. Slave Emancipation professional no tes The After Slavery Website A New Online Resource for Teaching U.S. Slave Emancipation brian kelly & joh n w. wh ite There cannot be many serious students of the American past unim- pressed by the scale of the interpretive shift in the historiography of slave emancipation over the past generation. “No part of the American expe- rience,” Eric Foner asserted on the very fi rst page of the preface to his Reconstruction: America’s Unfi nished Revolution in 1988, has seen such “a broadly accepted point of view so completely overturned as [the period of ] Reconstruction.” Unqualifi ed assertions like this frequently come back to haunt scholars, but more than twenty years later Foner’s assessment seems measured, judicious, and not the least bit hyperbolic. While this revolution in historiography has gradually come to be refl ected in the content of traditional teaching materials, the shortage of quality online resources aimed at conveying the signifi cance of the struggles accompanying slave emancipation is striking. One resource that has recently emerged to fi ll this void is the Online Classroom on the After Slavery project website (www.afterslavery.com), which combines primary and secondary sources to enable students and teachers http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of the Civil War Era University of North Carolina Press

The After Slavery Website: A New Online Resource for Teaching U.S. Slave Emancipation

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Abstract

professional no tes The After Slavery Website A New Online Resource for Teaching U.S. Slave Emancipation brian kelly & joh n w. wh ite There cannot be many serious students of the American past unim- pressed by the scale of the interpretive shift in the historiography of slave emancipation over the past generation. “No part of the American expe- rience,” Eric Foner asserted on the very fi rst page of the preface to his Reconstruction: America’s Unfi nished Revolution in 1988, has seen such “a broadly accepted point of view so completely overturned as [the period of ] Reconstruction.” Unqualifi ed assertions like this frequently come back to haunt scholars, but more than twenty years later Foner’s assessment seems measured, judicious, and not the least bit hyperbolic. While this revolution in historiography has gradually come to be refl ected in the content of traditional teaching materials, the shortage of quality online resources aimed at conveying the signifi cance of the struggles accompanying slave emancipation is striking. One resource that has recently emerged to fi ll this void is the Online Classroom on the After Slavery project website (www.afterslavery.com), which combines primary and secondary sources to enable students and teachers

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The Journal of the Civil War EraUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Nov 17, 2011

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