Teaching Hard History: American Slavery

February 1, 2018
Hasan Kwame Jeffries
On February 1st, the Southern Poverty Law Center released a major report entitled, Teaching Hard History: American Slavery. History Prof. Hasan Kwame Jeffries served as the chair of the scholars advisory committee and wrote the preface to the report.
"In the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution, the Founding Fathers enumerated the lofty goals of their radical experiment in democracy; racial justice, however, was not included in that list. Instead, they embedded protections for slavery and the transatlantic slave trade into the founding document, guaranteeing inequality for generations to come. To achieve the noble aims of the nation’s architects, we the people have to eliminate racial injustice in the present. But we cannot do that until we come to terms with racial injustice in our past, beginning with slavery." -- Dr. Jeffries
Read the preface and the full report at https://www.splcenter.org/20180131/teaching-hard-history
Prof. Jeffries also hosts a podcast by the same name, Teaching Hard History: American Slavery, which can be found on iTunes. The podcast is described as, "What we don't know about American slavery hurts us all. From Teaching Tolerance and host Hasan Jeffries, Teaching Hard History brings us the lessons we should have learned in school through the voices of leading scholars and educators. It's good advice for teachers, good information for everybody." 
The episodes are as follows:
  • Dealing with Things As they Are: Creating a Classroom Environment (with Prof. Steven Thurston Oliver) 
  • Slavery & the Northern Economy (with Prof. Christy Clark Pujara)
  • Slavery & the Civil War, Part 1 (with Dr. Bethany Jay)
  • Slaverty & the Civil War, Part 2 (with Dr. Bethany Jay)