Crafting Freedom Materials Project

The Crafting Freedom Materials Project (, funded by NEH, is dedicated to exposing 3rd-8th grade students to high-quality, scholarship-based educational materials on the African American experience during the Antebellum period. In this project, a team of scholars, teachers, and lesson plan developers and designers created teacher-friendly lesson plans, complete with Teacher Tools, Student Handouts, slide shows, and short videos featuring actors portraying each of the ten nineteenth-century African Americans. All of these materials are available to teachers nationwide and worldwide via an easily-navigable website. The life stories and works of art and literature of these ten individuals engage students and teach critical history and language arts as well as other humanities standards. Moreover, these nineteenth-century African Americans provide exceptional role models. The Crafting Freedom website was launched in the summer of 2010.