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Title page from The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano

Excerpts from The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano

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One of the very first slave narratives, The Interesting Narrative of Olaudah Equiano (1745-1797), served as a prototype for the well-known slave autobiographies of the 19th century written by such fugitive slaves as Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs. First published in 1772, the volume recounts Equiano's kidnapping in Africa at the age of 10 or 11, and how he was subsequently shipped to... Read More »

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Foreign Relations of the United States, Volume XVII: Near East, 1961-1962

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These documents provide crucial historical evidence of the attitudes American diplomats and officials held toward the countries of the Middle East, as well as uncovering aspects of foreign relations from an American perspective at the height of the Cold War.

Freedom Narratives

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Altogether, this free online website is an important resource for students and teachers who desire to understand biographical accounts and experiences of people from West Africa who fought to regain their freedom.
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G. I. Jones, Photographic Archive of Southeastern Nigerian Art and Culture

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The site describes itself as a “research resource” for those personally or professionally interested in the art, history, and ethnography of southeastern Nigeria. It is also a valuable resource for those interested in the history of photography in Africa.
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Gertrude Bell Project

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In the teaching of world history, this site lends itself to exploring both the themes of women travelers and their writing, as well as the timely topic of European intervention in the Middle East, in particular Iraq.
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Girl with Mossi Doll, Burkina Faso

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This girl is from a village in the Mossi country of Burkina Faso (a landlocked country in West Africa). The doll she is holding is a traditional wooden figurine made from one piece of wood standing on a broader base. The doll displays the characteristics of an adult woman, with suggestions of facial features and elaborate hairstyles, and usually with mature female breasts that represent the... Read More »

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Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative

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Perhaps most interesting and relevant for world history teachers and students are the modules that make connections across space and time.
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Goha Gives His Son a Lesson About People

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The anecdote is a lesson to a child who is probably at the adolescent stage of life, and very concerned with how peers and others view him. The experience of the father and son pair shows the futility of trying to act on fickle public opinion. It also plays upon ambiguities in the relationship of care and respect between parent and child at the stage of adolescence, when the parent is aging... Read More »

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Hanover Historical Texts Project

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The project has taken a selection of more than 115 primary texts in the public domain, in English or translated into English, and made them available to anyone with Internet access.
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Illustration from The Maqamat of al-Hariri

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During the Abassid period and onward, children four or older in villages and urban centers began attending schools (maktabs) attached to mosques to obtain a basic education in religious matters. Students in a maktab sat in a semicircle on the floor around the teacher writing their lessons on a tablet and then repeating it back for correction. In this illustration, one boy... Read More »

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