What We’re Reading: April 12, 2012

This week’s roundup of interesting articles and resources found around the web includes videos on “Essential Questions in American History,” articles on using Twitter for professional development, resources for the 150th anniversary of the D.C. Compensated Emancipation Act, and more.


Civil War

  • Civil War Washington150th Anniversary of the D.C. Compensated Emancipation Act
    Monday, April 16, is the 150th anniversary of the D.C. Compensated Emancipation Act, which freed slaves in Washington, D.C., eight and a half months before the Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves nationwide. The National Archives is recognizing this date with a panel discussion next Wednesday, April 18, and with this video it’s shared online.
  • Civil War Washington
    The Civil War Washington website, mentioned in the video above, has over 200 digitized emancipation petitions, maps, and other data that examines how the Civil War affected Washington, D.C. Learn more about the site in this Chronicle article (please note, this article is behind a paywall).


Contributors: Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, Allen Mikaelian, and Robert B. Townsend

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