Lesson of the day: “Bringing Black History to Life in the Great Outdoors”
In the featured article, you will also see several historical terms related to slavery, such as slave, which is a term that refers to people who have been forced to work on plantations, and emancipated, which refers to slaves who have become free.
Additionally, the Age of Reconstruction was the period immediately following the Civil War, when Americans attempted to rebuild their society, which had been divided by slavery and war.
Questions for writing and discussion
Read the article in line or as Printable pdf. Then answer the following questions.
1. Why do you think the article begins with the inscription above Roosevelt’s Arch?
2. Shelton Johnson, a ranger in Yosemite National Park, said:
“A storyteller is a healer and a good story has always been a good medicine. The right story at the right time can heal the world.
According to the article, how do you think this quote relates to the stories Mr. Johnson tells about the Buffalo Soldiers?
3. How is Victoria Smalls, Executive Director of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, personally linked to the history of slaves on the plantations of the Lowcountry?
4. Olivia Williams, a ranger at the Reconstruction Era National Historic Park, said:
“There aren’t too many young people, especially young people of color, in the field of public history. I take it personally to make sure the stories, especially the lesser-known stories, stay in the rotation for many generations to come. ”
What is your reaction to this quote? Would you one day want to make a career in public history? Why do you think Ms. Williams thinks this work is important, especially for young people of color?
5. What happened to Jerry Bransford’s ancestors who led tours of Mammoth Cave National Park? How did Mr. Bransford continue to experience racism in the park when he was young?