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Through the story of Benjamin Banneker and his letter exchange with Thomas Jefferson, students examine some of the tensions and contradictions between the professed ideals of the United States and and to consider the ways that enslaved people used the professed ideals of the United States to argue for their own liberation.
Opening Up the Textbook
These activities ask students to consider the implications of the dominant narrative by seeing how the story in the episode is (or isn’t) talked about in their textbooks.
These activities extend the themes of the story presented in the episode to other events and into the future. These resources and activities help students see how we can use an understanding of the past to make sense of more recent events and imagine a different future.
These activities ask students to (1) generate their own questions and plan larger inquiries into the historical record regarding the stories presented in the video, and then (2) find, evaluate, and interpret historical documents to develop a research claim.