Curriculum Guide — Free!

Here is a link to a new curriculum guide to Tasting Freedom that now appears on the Temple University Press website — http://www.temple.edu/tempress/studyguides/1839_sg.html

The guide will make it easier for teachers to use the book in high schools. It’s laid out, chapter by chapter, and will engage students in areas from civil rights history to baseball, from the Civil War to education to the 15th Amendment.

Please spread the word and use the new guide.


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A Call to Arms

Click to get a closer look, you can see the name of Octavius Catto at the bottom, as well as his father's.

This broadside is eight feet high and was seen on windows in downtown Philadelphia in June, 1863, as black leaders called a meeting to convince black men to join the Union Army prior to Gettysburg.