Educational Resources for Digital Learning

Hampton National Historic Site and Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

Fort McHenry Visitor Center Film-

Virtual tour of Fort McHenry NM and Historic Shrine-

Virtual tour of mansion at Hampton National Historic Site-·

Exploring Maryland’s Underground Railroad Network to Freedom (includes Hampton National Historic Site)-

Rebecca's Walk-

Enslaved Carriage Drivers and Jockeys at Hampton NHS-

Behind the Scenes Virtual Tour of Hampton's Slave Quarters-

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail-

Digital Resources: Slavery

This 4:46 minute video takes the viewer through a 3-D recreation of an eighteenth century slave ship, based on the actual plans of the ship L’Aurore-

Learn about the Underground Railroad with the National Parks-

Digital Resources: War of 1812

Sponsored by the National Park Service, the Star Spangled Trail and Maryland Public Television, there are videos, classroom resources and interactive games posted here-

Digital Resources: Equity Education/Difficult Discussions/Anti-racist Education

Book Corner:

Read Alouds:These picture books open up the visual world of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Ticktock Banneker’s Clock by Shana Keller, illustrated by David C. Gardner-The story of free black scientist and mathematician (and Marylander) Benjamin Banneker, who lived and invented in the 1700s.

The Stolen Ones and How They Were Missed by Marcia Tate Arunga, illustrations by Isaiah Townsend-This book ties experiences from the present day with experiences from African communities who lost family and friends who were kidnapped, enslaved and sent to America over 400 years of institutionalized slavery.

Before She Was Harriet by Lesa Cline-Ransome, illustrated by James E. Ransome-A compellingly told biography of Harriet Tubman. Evocative images give a sense of what escape on the Underground Railroad would have looked like.

Midnight Teacher by Janet Halfmann, illustrated by London Ladd-The story of Lilly Ann Granderson who ran a school for enslaved children and adults in Mississippi while she was still enslaved and worked on behalf of other educational institutions following the abolition of slavery.

Bread for Words: A Frederick Douglass Story by Shana Keller-This new picture book was researched by the author in downtown Baltimore at our very own Frederick Douglass/Isaac Myers Maritime Park this spring. Ms. Keller experimented with ship-building techniques and worked with a docent to learn more about Douglass’s connections with Baltimore.

Longer Works:The following are texts that could be read together as a class or students could read independently

On the American Revolution:

Answering the Cry for Freedom, Stories of African Americans and the American Revolution by Gretchen Woelfe, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie-These 13 biographies represent diverse lives and stories of preachers, poets, spies—enslaved and free persons, many of whom are represented in their own words.

On Fort McHenry and The War of 1812:

Through the Perilous Fight: Six Weeks that Saved the Nation by Steve Vogel-This is the go-to read for all park volunteers and staff.

On Slavery:

Never Caught: The Story of Ona Judge (Young Readers Edition) by Erica Armstrong Dunbar and Kathleen Van Cleve-A meticulously researched work that asks questions about the gaps in the historical record and presents a vivid, on-the-spot experience from start to finish. This text, which is subtitled: George and Martha Washington’s Courageous Slave Who Dared to Run Away is an award-winning powerhouse narrative.

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself by Frederick Douglass-A tremendous primary source document to explore with your students, perhaps in company with other writings found in Answering the Cry for Freedom (above).

Who Was Harriet Tubman by Yona Zeldis McDonough-This illustrated text is interspersed with page long inserts on a variety of topics including the Quaker response to slavery, Nat Turner’s Rebellion, how slave auctions worked, Vigilance Committees and other important contexts for Tubman’s story that can be read as stand-alone excerpts.

Last updated: December 20, 2022

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