Civil Warriors Class Curriculum for Educators
“While I acknowledge history’s ‘fiction of factual representation’, to use Hayden White’s term, I also recognize the political utility and ethical necessity of historical fiction.” ~Saidiya Hartman
Social Studies classrooms, American history classrooms in particular, directly influence and shape the context in which young people in the United States perceive contemporary society. The opportunity that exists in those spaces to transfer knowledge and skills into civic action is huge. This is the end goal articulated by the new C3 Framework for Social Studies. The CIVIL WARRIORS curriculum takes the approach that we study history in order to fortify our moral energy for the present, to reflexively turn the gaze upon ourselves and what we can do to advance movements for social justice. If we understand how to think about the past, we can understand how to think about the present.
"It landed in my classroom with an immediacy that felt electric. . . It blew my students away."
"It will provide those who view it, whether in the classroom or the theater, with a structure within which to talk about race and history and, indeed, the ways history is shaped by those whose stories are told."