Teaching the Civil War - Myths

February 20, 2020
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Most educators agree that it is essential to teach students about the American Civil War. But doing so can be a difficult task, particularly given that existing narratives are steeped in misinformation and myth. In the last of our four-part series, “Teaching the Civil War through a New Lens” we’ll confront these myths head on with reporter Nikita Stewart and Kate Shuster. Nikita is the author of the New York Times’ 1619 Project essay, We are committing educational malpractice: Why slavery is mistaught — and worse — in American schools. Kate is an education researcher, author and project director for Teaching Tolerance’s Teaching Hard History initiative.

Together with PBS Digital Innovator All-Stars David Olson Mike Lang and Sebastian Byers we’ll wade through myths and mistruths, and explore resources to help students analyze this conflict and its fundamental lessons.

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