Lee’s Birthplace Used for Discussion on Teaching Slavey

John L. Johnson talks to teachers on July 28 about the psychological effects of slavery at Stratford Hall’s annual Summer Teacher Institute. Twenty-five participated in three days of study at the birthplace of Confederate Gen. Robert E Lee. (Courtland Milloy/The Washington Post)

At Stratford Hall in Virginia, birthplace of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, a group of K-12 teachers gathered recently to talk about slavery and how to teach it.

How do you convey the horror without horrifying the kids? How do you help them see the inhumanity of the past and its effect on the present? How do you explain the unexplainable to a child when many adults can hardly bear to look?

It’s a challenge. But remarkably, the Lee family plantation proved to be a place where teachers could dig deeper into the subject than, say, some academics tend to do when giving talks at progressive think tanks in Washington.

A white fourth-grade teacher from Arlington, with 10 years of classroom experience, explained her approach to teaching the transatlantic slave trade: She said she made her students sit closely together on the classroom floor to simulate how Africans were tightly packed into slave ships.

That did …

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3 comments on “Lee’s Birthplace Used for Discussion on Teaching Slavey
  1. Michael says:

    The book “Everything you were taught about American slavery is wrong. Ask a Southerner!” Should be required reading before they continue.

  2. LC says:

    You people are disgusting. None of you are fit to shine a Confederate soldiers boots.

  3. Kegan says:

    What a disgraceful modern generation this is. Lee wanted to free his slaves, racial discrimination lasted far longer in the north than it did in the south, and slavery would have been dead by the turn of the 20th century anyway, thanks to technological advancements and mechanical and robotic endeavors.

    From Pennsylvania, the more you people complain about the Confederacy, the more I uphold its history and Legacy. The wrong Americans won the war.


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