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I have been working on a new website http://www.blackhistory4schools.com which will be launched in the first week of March (so there is nothing to see yet). I have got the material that I have been writing over the last few years, as well as the webquests I have written and links to appropriate websites to post up, however I would like a lot more. Therefore

This is a call for material on any topics related to black and asian history that you have produced that I can add to the collection of resources I have. I would prefer it if the content was British but if there is work related to Black Peoples of the Americas that would be good too. Also if you have recommendations of websites then please post them here. I won't post my email here but if you post a short description of what you have, I will pm/email you about it.

The success of this website depends on the contributions that I receive. Ideally blackhistory4schools should be able to achieve for multicultural history what this website has achieved for us all.

A big Thank You in advance of your support on this project :D

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Are you looking for links or new work?

I have a lot of source material on my website on black history. Hopefully, one day I will find the time to produce some teaching materials to go with it.

I would especially like to do some work on Olaudah Equiano. He is one of our best primary sources on early life in Africa and the slave trade. Chinua Achebe called him “the father of African literature”. Another critic has described him as being the “founding father of the Afro-American literary tradition”.

Equiano’s importance concerns his autobiography. It includes a detailed account of his birth and childhood in Nigeria. His account of crossing the Atlantic on a slave ship is used by virtually every one who teaches the subject in the classroom.

However, recent research by the historian, Vincent Carretta (Equiano the African: Biography of a Self-Made Man) has established that Equiano was actually born in Carolina on 9th February, 1759. It is now believed that his account of his early life in Africa and his journey on a slave ship is pure fiction. That it is a work of propaganda (Equiano was active in the abolition movement). However, Carretta, claims that Equiano’s autobiography is “a monumental 18th century text, a unique mixture of travel-writing, sea lore, sermon, economic tract and fiction.”

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John, I would love to use both links to Spartacus and upload any teaching material that you produce to the new website. I am aware of the debate about Equiano's birthplace and equally aware of the controversial interpretation put forward by Carretta. I understand that many UK and US historians are very dismissive of his work, and equally argue that it is immaterial where he was born, but more important to look at his role in the anti-slavery movement.

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Why don't you integrate what you intend to do here with your E-Help work?

I have some black history pages I need to refresh and update. So long as you link back to me I'll send you the files when they are ready and they can reside on your site too

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Why don't you integrate what you intend to do here with your E-Help work?

I have some black history pages I need to refresh and update. So long as you link back to me I'll send you the files when they are ready and they can reside on your site too

Sounds like an excellent idea, I shall have to work out a way to do so, I suppose the obvious way is to develop more webquests along this theme, but I might branch out into podcasting / Interactive Whiteboard stuff too. I would love to have your materials on the site, at the moment only Nick Dennis has some material on BH4S and that I downloaded from his site! Quite a few people have offered but don't seem to be able to go further than that.

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Quite a few people have offered but don't seem to be able to go further than that.

I know it is against your nature but once they have promised you are entitled to nag them when they don't deliver!

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I know it is against your nature but once they have promised you are entitled to nag them when they don't deliver!

Astute analysis Andy, pretty impressive after only one meeting! I shall follow your advice forthwith. So can you hurry up and send me your stuff. cheers! :news

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I know it is against your nature but once they have promised you are entitled to nag them when they don't deliver!

Astute analysis Andy, pretty impressive after only one meeting! I shall follow your advice forthwith. So can you hurry up and send me your stuff. cheers! B)

I will be reviewing all of the following over the next month - you are welcome to all of it when I finally get round to overhauling them (lots of errors at moment!) B)

http://www.educationforum.co.uk/ICT/web.htm

http://www.educationforum.co.uk/KS3_2/slaverylesson.htm

http://www.educationforum.co.uk/KS3_2/slave.htm

http://www.educationforum.co.uk/civrightsonline.htm

http://www.educationforum.co.uk/emmetttill.htm

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