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Teaching Multicultural Literature : A Workshop for the Middle Grades
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Workshop 6: Historical and Cultural Context - Langston Hughes and Christopher Moore
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Interactive Workbook -- Explore two poems using strategies from these workshops. Go.
Channel-Talk -- Share your views on the discussion board. Go.

Additional Resources

Books

Baker, Houston A., Jr. Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1987.
Baker argues that the Harlem Renaissance was a crucial social and political movement that put forth an expression of self-identity that is still relevant today.

Harris, Leslie. In the Shadow of Slavery: African Americans in New York City, 1626-1863. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003.
Harris offers a history of slavery in New York City and describes what the African Burial Ground tells us about the everyday lives of African Americans in that period.

Hill, Laban Carrick. Harlem Stomp! A Cultural History of the Harlem Renaissance. Singapore: Megan Tingley, 2004.
This book, aimed at young adults, describes the cultural influences in Harlem in the early 20th century and discusses the idea of the "New Negro" that brought so many people to the North.

Huggins, Nathan Irvin. Voices from the Harlem Renaissance. London: Oxford University Press, 1976.
A collection of essays and other works by prominent figures from the Harlem Renaissance that depict the political and social struggles African Americans had to face.

Katz, William Loren. Black Indians: A Hidden Heritage. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1997.
Katz traces the relationship between people of African descent and Native Americans, and brings forward a hidden part of U.S. history.

------. Proudly Red and Black: Stories of African and Native Americans. New York: Atheneum, 1993.
This book for a wide range of readers includes brief biographies of people of mixed African and Native American ancestry who have overcome many social obstacles in their lives.

Lewis, David. When Harlem Was in Vogue. New York: Penguin, 1997.
Lewis examines the far-reaching effects of the Harlem Renaissance for African Americans.

Lewis, David, ed. The Portable Harlem Renaissance Reader. New York: Viking, 1994.
This collection features poems, stories, and essays from important journals of the Harlem Renaissance that are often not readily available.

Wintz, Cary D., and Paul Finkelman, eds. Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance. New York: Routledge, 2004.
This set of articles about the Harlem Renaissance reflects the diverse range of scholarship on the subject.

Web Sites

African American Odyssey
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/aaohtml/
This Library of Congress exhibition displays a collection of primary documents and other materials about slavery and the African American experience throughout U.S. history.

Harlem: 1900-1940: An African American Community
http://www.si.umich.edu/CHICO/Harlem/
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture offers an online exhibition of photographs from the Harlem Renaissance as well as information about key figures and movements of the era. This site also offers suggestions to educators for lesson plans and additional resources about the Harlem Renaissance.

African Burial Ground
http://www.africanburialground.com
The African Burial Ground's official Web site contains articles and documents that trace the events following the discovery of the burial ground in Manhattan.

The African Burial Ground -- Africans in the Americas: Celebrating the Ancestral Heritage
http://www.nypl.org/research/sc/afb/
The General Services Administration and Schomburg Center collaborated to create a site that contains video clips and information about the rites and ceremonies performed during the uncovering and researching of the burial ground, as well as information about the artifacts found there.

Periodicals

Blakey, Michael L. "The New York African Burial Ground Project: An Examination of Enslaved Lives, a Construction of Ancestral Ties." Transforming Anthropology, 7 (1): 53-58 (1998).
Blakey, director of the New York African Burial Ground Project and scholar from Howard University, writes about the history of the site, the struggle the African American community went through to ensure its preservation, and information about the slaves he has deduced from his research.

Film/Video

Bones of Our Ancestors. PBS, 2001.
In this unique documentary by Orlando Bagwell, teenagers delve into history while they do research for a story about the lives of people who were buried in the African Burial Ground in New York.

From These Roots. William Greaves Productions, 1974.
This film documents the Harlem Renaissance through the social, political, and artistic movements of the period.

I'll Make Me a World: A Century of African American Arts. PBS, 1999. (See Hour 2: "Without Fear or Shame")
This film is about African American artists throughout the 20th century. "Without Fear or Shame" focuses on the role of art in social protest during the Harlem Renaissance.

Slavery and the Making of America
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/slavery/
This four-part television series focuses on the history of slavery in the United States. The series uses personal narrative and contemporary scholarship to document the central role that African Americans played in the development of the nation.

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