History Lesson

Teaching Hard History: Slavery


Your DGB for today is to take this short quiz on the history of slavery in the United States. We’re just warning you - unless you had an extraordinary history teacher or went out of your way to learn about it outside of class, you’re unlikely to score well. American slavery is not a subject well-covered in most classrooms, and the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Teaching Tolerance” project wants to change that. As they say, “[Most] students lack a basic knowledge of the important role it played in shaping the United States and the impact it continues to have on race relations in America.” We can’t really hope to dismantle white supremacy if we don’t fully understand our history.

After completing the quiz, you’ll be directed to resources for both students and teachers on how to fill in these knowledge gaps, including a report on the state of American education in this area and a suggested curriculum. We strongly encourage you to check out the section on primary sources from the era.

At DGB, we think it’s never too late to go back to school… unless it’s “mystery meat” day in the cafeteria. Okay, then - pack a brown bag lunch, sharpen your pencils, and open your test booklets to page one.


History Lesson

Your DGB for today is to read a history book or even just a history article. No, really, that’s it.

You already know more than 45, but you owe it to yourself and society to preserve that knowledge. We all need to know history, you know, so it doesn’t repeat itself and all that jazz. You should know, for example, that Andrew Jackson died before the Civil War, owned slaves, AND he’s responsible for the Trail of Tears. You should also know that Frederick Douglass died in 1895, and isn’t a real up-and-comer.

Need some ideas? Check out our links below to get your history on, and be sure to tell us some of your favorite history books. We’ll be reviewing different media occasionally, starting next week and would love all your suggestions.


For kids, K-8:



For adults: