Online Resources for Teachers

Like the Last Seen Project, historians, scholars, and archivists have created open-access websites that provide educators with primary sources, lesson plans, curriculum guides, and digital content to facilitate the responsible and accurate teaching of the history of slavery in K-12 classrooms.

Freedom on the Move

Freedom on the Move is a searchable database containing over 30,000 ads placed by slaveholders looking for enslaved people who attempted to escape enslavement. This site provides teachers and students access to thousands of stories of resistance that have never been accessible in one place.

The Hard History Project

The Hard History Project helps teachers teach slavery. Because students often lack a basic understanding of the slavery’s role in the United States history, Hard History works with teachers in Virtual Professional Learning Communities where they focus on using primary sources and current scholarship to teach about slavery and race.

Learning for Justice

Learning for Justice, formerly Teaching Hard History, is sponsored by the Southern Poverty Law Center and provides free resources, to educators of all grade levels, including lesson plans; learning plans; an annotated list of texts for students; the Teaching Hard History podcast; and film kits.

People Not Property

People Not Property provides a detailed look at slavery in the North from its beginnings in 1626 to the abolition of slavery in 1865. This visually stunning website presents the history of northern slavery in four chapters centered on slavery’s origins and the lives of the enslaved.

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress collection "Slavery in America" offers a vast array of primary sources including photographs, manuscript materials, recorded oral histories, and images. Among these digitized resources, Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers and Images of African American Slavery and Freedom, provide especially useful primary sources.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Gilder Lehrman produces valuable teaching resources including lesson plans, primary sources, and curriculum units.

Teaching Texas Slavery

Teaching Texas Slavery focuses on slavery in Texas and the teaching of that history within the frameworks of the social constructions of race and racism. The site provides a select group of primary sources and maps.

Documenting the American South

Documenting the American South is a vast collection of texts, images, and audio files related to southern history. Among its collections are North American Slave Narratives, some familiar, like The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, but most tell the stories of enslaved people who do not appear in traditional accounts.


CSI:Dixie publishes extant coroners' inquest records from 19th century South Carolina. The collection features Coroners and the Enslaved, a collection that features accounts of enslaved people murdered by their enslavers and Coroners and Freedmen, which includes investigations into the post emancipation murder of freedpeople by white supremacists, such as the July 9, 1876 Hamburg (SC) Massacre.

Digital Library on American Slavery

Digital Library on American Slavery compiles and publishes various independent online collections focused on race and slavery in the American South. Among the featured collections are the Race and Slavery Petitions Project, NC Runaway Slave Advertisements, the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Register, and Slave Deeds.

Writing About Slavery

This community-sourced document created by slavery scholars across the country offers writers and educators alike an accessible resource that focuses on the importance of the language we use when talking about, writing about, or teaching about slavery.