Teaching the Colored Conventions
Seeking Records Classroom Module
The Colored Conventions movement generated a rich and varied documentary record—from the minutes of the proceedings themselves and the coverage they received in newspapers, to the vigorous debates their participants engaged in and the legislative petitions they created to advocate for Black rights. The process of bringing the long and dynamic history of the Colored Conventions to digital life is one of archival recovery and innovative partnership. The Seeking Records Classroom Module invites participating faculty and students to join us in the exciting process of locating historical documents related to the Colored Conventions and presenting them to the public for the very first time.
How to Become a Teaching Partner
After several years of classroom implementation, we are taking the 2019-2020 school year to revamp the Seeking Records Classroom Module. We look forward to presenting the new and improved module in the near future. Reach us at email@example.com if you have any questions about our classroom module.
Research Resources and Classroom Modules
As part of our ongoing effort to bring the buried history of nineteenth-century Black organizing to digital life, the Colored Conventions Project team has developed a range of research-based teaching materials to engage faculty, students, and the general public in the rich documentary record of the Colored Conventions movement. CCP scholars and librarians have curated sample writing assignments, research guides, educational resources, and an innovative classroom teaching module, all designed to encourage investigation into the themes and debates that arose for the Black men and women who organized, attended, and supported the Colored Conventions. Reach us at ColoredConventions@udel.edu to learn more about our teaching materials and classroom module.
Teaching Guides to Use in K-12 and AP/College Classes
In spring 2021, the CCP Curriculum Committee released 16 teaching guides that can be taught in conjunction with the volume The Colored Conventions Movement: Black Organizing in the Nineteenth Century (2021), edited by P. Gabrielle Foreman, Jim Casey, and Sarah Lynn Paterson.
Black Organizing, Print Advocacy, and Collective Authorship: The Long History of the Colored Conventions Movement
P. Gabrielle Foreman
Where Did They Eat? Where Did They Stay? Interpreting Material Culture of Black Women’s Domesticity in the Context of the Colored Conventions
Flights of Fancy: Black Print, Collaboration, and Performances in “An Address to the Slaves of the United States of America (Rejected by the National Convention, 1843)”
Derrick R. Spires
The Organ of the Whole: Colored Conventions, the Black Press, and the Question of National Authority
As the True Guardians of Our Interests: The Ethos of Black Leadership and Demography at Antebellum Colored Conventions
Sarah Lynn Patterson
Gender Politics and the Manual Labor College Initiative at National Colored Conventions in Antebellum America
Further Silence upon Our Part Would Be an Outrage: Bishop Henry McNeal Turner and the Colored Conventions Movement
Andre E. Johnson
None but Colored Testimony against Him: The California Colored Convention of 1855 and the Origins of the First Civil Rights Movement in California
The Colored Conventions Project was launched & cultivated at the University of Delaware from 2012-2020.