TPS Summer Institute Focuses on the New South

The first colored senator and representatives - in the 41st and 42nd Congress of the United States [1872] (Courtesy of the Library of Congress).

The first colored senator and representatives – in the 41st and 42nd Congress of the United States [1872] (Courtesy of the Library of Congress).

This year’s Teaching with Primary Sources-MTSU Summer Institute looked at the post-Civil War decades in Tennessee by focusing on “Tennessee in the New South: Politics and Progressivism.”  From June 14-16, teachers participated in a hands-on workshop based in Murfreesboro, with a field trip to Fisk University in Nashville and a visit to Alexandria, where Fisk graduate W.E.B. DuBois once taught.  Participants learned from scholars and fellow teachers throughout the institute.  Attendees also delved into the primary sources to create a lesson activity to share with their students in the new school year.  Attention was given to the Tennessee Social Studies standards for the New South period.

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