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ERIC Number: EJ932786
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0895-6855
"If There Is No Struggle . . ." Teaching a People's History of the Abolition Movement
Bigelow, Bill
Rethinking Schools, v25 n2 p23-29 Win 2010-2011
The author went to a talk, part of a lecture series on abolitionism, by scholar Eric Foner. Foner's thesis was that the abolition movement was the foundation of virtually all social justice movements in the United States. Foner's talk about the significance of the abolition movement inspired the author to rethink how he had been approaching the antislavery struggle in his classes. Having realized that he needed to spend more time teaching it, the author found teaching strategies that would underscore the difficult choices that confronted the abolition movement. Instead of having students simply read about the abolition movement or listen to his talk, he engaged them as movement participants, so that the strategic dilemmas of ending slavery would unfold in class. He created a role play in which students "become" members of an abolitionist organization and grapple with the strategic dilemmas faced by one of the most significant U.S. social movements.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States