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Overcoming Slavery through Civil War
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The Civil War abolishes slavery, but are civil rights given to all? 


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STEALTH RECONSTRUCTION PANEL DISCUSSION
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Join us for a ‘Bonus' ArchiTreats: Food for Thought panel discussion on Stealth Reconstruction: The Untold Story of Racial Politics in Recent Southern History. This was held at the Alabama Department of Archives and History October 14, 2010. Most Americans know the basic facts and events of the modern civil rights movement, but few have a sense of how the civil rights movement actually played out in southern politics over the remainder of the twentieth century. Glen Browder's and Artemesia Stanberry's book, Stealth Reconstruction, explores how white politicians and black activists worked together quietly, practically, and bi-racially to change the South from the 1970s through the 1990s. The book features prominent Alabama political players of the past and present - including Richard Arrington, Fred Gray, Jerome Gray, Howell Heflin, Paul Hubbert, Joe Reed, and George Wallace - and includes surprising revelations about racial politics during that era. In this ArchiTreats program, a panel of Alabamians discuss this process of political change and examine how Alabama got from the continuous turmoil of the mid-twentieth century to biracial politics in the twenty-first century. In addition to co-authors Browder and Stanberry, the panel participants were moderator Tim Lennox (WAKA-TV broadcast journalist), Dr. Sharron Herron (Alabama State University political scientist), Markeshia Ricks (State Government reporter for Montgomery Advertiser), and Dr. Bill Stewart (Professor Emeritus in political science from the University of Alabama).


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Cast in Iron
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Sloss Furnaces carries a rich legacy that began in the post-Civil War South and continues through to today. It was founded in 1882 by James Withers Sloss who paid only $180,000 to have it built. Sloss Furnaces became a symbol of pride and progress in the South. It was the first to export iron overseas and helped make Birmingham, AL a thriving city. Listen as historians take you through Sloss's legacy and ironworkers recount what it was like to work inside its walls.  


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Reconstruction in Alabama
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Reconstruction in Alabama examines the post Civil War period in Alabama and addresses the role of the new Alabama Republican Party in creating a new Alabama. This dramatic period witnessed many changes in Alabama, including the emergence of black officeholders, black schools and churches, universal public education, and enlarged rights for women. Born in Montgomery, Richard Bailey holds degrees from Alabama State University and the Atlanta University, and received the Doctor of Philosophy degree in American History from Kansas State University. He has traveled and studied in Europe and Africa through a joint fellowship from Cleveland (Ohio) State University, the University of Massachusetts, and the American Forum for International Travel and Study. His columns have appeared in newspapers across the state and he is the author of They Too Call Alabama Home: African American Profiles, 1800-1999 (1999). The fifth edition of his book Neither Carpetbaggers Nor Scalawags: Black Officeholders during the Reconstruction of Alabama, 1867-1878 is forthcoming in 2009. This ArchiTreats presentation is made possible by the Friends of the Alabama Archives and a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The public is invited to bring a sack lunch and enjoy a bit of Alabama history. Coffee and tea will be provided by the Friends of the Alabama Archives. For more information, call (334) 353-4712.


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Subject: Language Arts, Social Studies
Title: Getting an Education     
Description: This video segment, adapted from NOVA , chronicles the education of leading chemist Percy Julian. Although Julian began his elementary school years in the DeepSouth under Jim Crow laws, he became one of the few African Americans of his time to earn a Ph.D.
Thinkfinity Partner: Teachers's Domain
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: First Person Account: William Christie     
Description: Willian G. Christie, a Union Soldier from Minnesota, relates his disgust over prejudice against black soldiers in his unit.This video is part of the Price of Freedom learning resources package for use with the Comparing Confederate and Union Soldiers lesson plan. It was produced to accompany the exhibition The Price of Freedom: Americans at War , by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: First Person Account: Louis Myers     
Description: Louis Myers, a Union Soldier from West Virginia, describes changes in his perspectives about War.This video is part of the Price of Freedom learning resources package for use with the Comparing Confederate and Union Soldiers lesson plan. It was produced to accompany the exhibition The Price of Freedom: Americans at War , by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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