Published June 18, 2021

Presented by Virginia Africana Associates in partnership with Virginia Humanities.

About the Talk

The era of Reconstruction is hard to teach, in part because it’s complicated and in part because it is habitually portrayed as a failure.  Seeing the decade from the perspective of the four million Americans who made themselves free, however, opens exciting new possibilities for teaching and engagement.  An array of tools from New American History—Bunk, BackStory, Seizing Freedom, Learning Resources, and Southern Journey—can help do that.

Ed Ayers

Executive Director of New American History, University of Richmond

  • National Professor of the Year
  • National Humanities Medal from President Obama
  • Past president of the Organization of American Historians
  • Bancroft Prize for distinguished writing in American history
  • Founding chair of the board of the American Civil War MuseumExecutive director of New American History, an online project
  • Author of Southern Journey: The Migrations of the American South, 1790-2020

Annie Evans

Director of Education and Outreach–New American History, University of Richmond

  • National Geographic Society Grosvenor Teacher Fellow
  • NatGeo Certified Educator and Trainer
  • Co-Coordinator of the Virginia Geographic Alliance
  • Over 30 years of classroom and educational leadership experience
  • Facilitates professional learning for K-16 teachers and museum educators, focusing on Historical Thinking Skills, GeoLiteracy, Instructional Coaching, Project-Based Learning, and Performance Assessments

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