Documentaries for Teaching African American History since 1865 – AAIHS

Let’s face it: some students do almost no reading in our classes. But even if they seem to rarely crack open a book, we all want our students to learn something from our classes–to remember at least a few things after the semester is over. Films are one of the tried and true methods for engaging students who are unfortunately reading averse. And even for our hardest working students, an effective film can bring alive historical material, transforming historical actors who seem distant and foreign on the written page into people who are relatable. In particular, documentaries that adeptly combine primary source material and narrative appeal can impress students when seemingly nothing else will. There’s no shortage of documentaries for teaching African American history, but here is a list…

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