Ulysses S. Grant and Julia Dent Grant at White Haven Farm: The Missouri Compromise in American Life --
Students learned about the private life of Ulysses S. Grant, his farm, and slavery at White Haven in this lesson. The websites described below provide more information about stories and sites associated with President Grant and slavery.
Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site
This unit of the National Park Service is home to White Haven and all the stories it can teach students. Several stories are told including Grant’s rise to the presidency and his personal and family life. However, the site also tells its visitors about farming, the economy of the area, and slavery. Visit the park’s website for pages on history and culture, science and nature, and lesson plans that have been developed for teacher use.
General Grant National Memorial
This unit of the National Park Service is located in New York City, New York, and honors the life and accomplishments of Ulysses S. Grant. Known in popular culture as “Grant’s Tomb,” this historic place is the final resting site of both Ulysses S. Grant and Julia Dent Grant. Visit the park website to learn more about the couple and their lives after leaving White Haven.
Ulysses S. Grant Collection
The U.S. Grant Presidential Library and the Mississippi State Archives hosts a digital collection of Ulysses S. Grant’s papers, photographs, memorabilia, illustrations, and other documents related to the 18th President and his family.
Missouri Digital Heritage
This website is a great resource for teachers and students who want additional information about Missouri slave laws. It provides a detailed description of Black Codes and Fugitive Slave laws in Missouri. In addition, it includes materials for students learning about this subject.
Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project
In the 1930s, the Works Progress Administration interviewed former slaves in order to capture their experiences in their own words. This collection located in the American Memory collection at the Library of Congress includes both recordings and transcripts of these interviews. They can give teachers and students insight into the life of slaves in their region or compare and contrast slave experiences throughout the country.
Historic American Buildings Survey
The Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site is documented by the National Park Service's Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscapes Survey program. Access the HABS record through this page at the Library of Congress.
Slavery and the Making of America
This four-part documentary created by PBS explores slavery from its beginnings to the years after the Civil War. The four episodes are supplemented with a website that contains a slavery timeline, slave memories, and additional print and online resources about slavery.
American Presidents, a Discover Our Shared Heritage travel itinerary
The Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site and the General Grant National Memorial ("Grant's Tomb") are two sites featured in the American Presidents travel itinerary from the National Park Service's Discover Our Shared Heritage itinerary series. This series, a sister program of Teaching with Historic Places, provides over 50 travel itineraries about historic places in the United States.
Other TwHP lesson plans dealing with slavery and American history:
When Rice Was King
Investigate early rice plantations in Georgetown, South Carolina, to learn how rice cultivation transformed the native environment and promoted the South's dependence on a plantation economy. Click here.
The Old Courthouse in St. Louis: Yesterday and Today
Compare two images of St. Louis's handsome Courthouse--as a gathering place for pioneers heading west and as a dramatic focus for Dred Scott's heroic efforts to free his family from slavery. It was at this courthouse that Grant freed William Jones. Click here.
Memories of Montpelier: Home of James and Dolley Madison
Visit the Madisons' plantation home and their world of social prominence, and explore some contemporary views of slavery. Click here.