[Blackstudies-l] Fwd: Lesson Plan: Exploring "The Idea of America" by Nikole Hannah-Jones

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In her framing essay for *The 1619 Project*, journalist and project
architect Nikole Hannah-Jones describes black Americans as "the perfectors
of this democracy." In honor of African American History Month
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we are sharing a lesson plan on Hannah-Jones' essay. She uses a combination
of historical research and personal reflection to tell the story of how
slavery has shaped U.S. society, and how black Americans have consistently
striven to transform that society into a stronger, more equitable
democracy. "Without the idealistic, strenuous and patriotic efforts of
black Americans," she writes, "our democracy today would most likely look
very different—it might not be a democracy at all.

This lesson plan
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offers warm-ups, reading guides, and discussion questions, to delve into
this text. The lesson also contains the unabridged essay in the
downloadable PDF of *The 1619 Project,* as well as a short, printable
excerpt from "The Idea of America."

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