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TN History for Kids

Tuesdays in September Series of 2-hour inservices

TN History for Kids is producing virtual inservices in the month of September. (We already did two, on Sept. 8 and 15). All all free; run from 3:30 to 5:30 CENTRAL time; provide 2 hours of professional development credit; and are set up to help social studies teachers cover difficult topics.


Sept 22: "Tennessee's Three Constitutions and the Strange but True Stories Behind Them"

Bill Carey will tell the stories behind the Tennessee Constitutions of 1796, 1834 and 1870--plus the many amendments and alterations to the Constitution during the last 150 years. We will talk about the very specific voting qualifications under the first constitution; the reason the state created a second constitution; and why (to this day) the Tennessee Constitution says that a "minister of the gospel" cannot be governor. Interesting stuff! Register by clicking here.

Sept. 29: "Slavery in Tennessee: How to Teach It and How Not to Teach It"

Bill Carey will explain some of the obvious points about slavery which he concluded from a deep and complete study of slave-related newspaper ads in Tennessee history (including nearly 1,000 runaway slave ads). He will also go over recommended dos and don'ts when it comes to teaching about slavery in the classroom. For instance: DO explain about how slavery was connected to newspapers, banking and government. Do NOT ask questions that ask the student to "take the place" of the slaveholder or the enslaved. And be careful about which primary sources you use. Register by clicking here.

One of the THFK virtual events in July