History

Resource Guides

  • African and European Images of Each Other
    In their art, Europeans have depicted Africans for over a thousand years. Africans have depicted Europeans for the last 450+ years. Together, these images illustrate major historical changes in relations and attitudes between the peoples of the two continents. Racism and stereotyping have not always existed between the two peoples. Looking at these images allows students to view beautiful art and to interpret its historical significance.

Lesson Plans

  • Language as Evidence: Using Swahili to Understand East African History
    World history teacher Eric Beckman created a resource-rich website for educators to teach about East African history and contemporary society through classroom study of the Swahili language. These lessons are useful for teaching about the Bantu migration, Indian Ocean trade network, imperialism, colonialism, and globalization. Includes multimedia resources and editable powerpoints and worksheets for classroom use.

Resources by Topic

  • Slavery and the Slave Trade 
    Between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries, an estimated 12.5 million people were forcibly enslaved and transported from Africa to the Americas during the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. As one of the largest human migrations to date, this shaped global development culturally, socially, and economically, the effects of which are still visible today. This curated resource list contains lesson plans, visuals, teaching materials, and informational website links for teaching about and studying slavery and the slave trade.
  • Colonialism in Africa
    Colonization of Africa is usually taught as a broad concept with continent-wide generalities. In order to humanize this history and have an accurate and holistic understanding of the related but unique phenomena that took place, we focus on in-depth country studies and primary source research.  This curated resource list contains lesson plans, visuals, teaching materials, and informational website links for teaching about and studying colonialism in Africa.
  • Independence Movements in Africa 
    This curated resource list contains lesson plans, visuals, teaching materials, and informational website links for teaching about and studying the independence movements in Africa.