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Teaching Resources for Your Classroom

Colonial Williamsburg offers a variety of quality instructional materials to help you teach students about life in early America, including the following:

Stories in the African American Tradition

Stories and music were essential to African culture and to the African American culture forcibly transplanted into the New World. This recording, with a special narration by "Roots" author Alex Haley, brings together the stories of these uprooted Africans and some of their music. CD. $17.95. To order, call 1-800-761-8331 or email

From Ear to EarFROM EAR TO EAR
The Passage of African Music through American Slavery

This stirring CD recreates the lost and forgotten music performed by Africans in the 18th century, following the transformation of their unique music as they moved in forced bondage from Africa to the Caribbean and finally to America. Enhanced CD. $17.95. To order, call 1-800-761-8331 or email

Hands-On History: Slave's BagHANDS ON HISTORY: SLAVE'S BAG
Hands on History Object Kit

Slaves often carried their personal belongings in a bag or basket. This simple drawstring fabric bag contains a bill of sale, an oyster shell, flint and steel, a wooden spoon, a pewter button, a piece of chain, a feather quill, and a pair of stockings. Each kit contains artifacts, a Discovery Worksheet, annotated artifact inventory, glossary, graphic organizers, primary sources, and illustrations.
Grades 3–8, $99.00. To order, call 1-800-761-8331 or email

Slavery in Colonial AmericaSLAVERY IN COLONIAL AMERICA
Lesson Unit

Slavery in Colonial America Explore slavery's pervasive influence across the American colonies. This unit includes lessons on the transatlantic slave trade, slave labor and regional economies , slavery and the law, African American culture and life under slavery, and the beginnings of the antislavery movement.
Grades 4–12, 136 pages, CD-ROM with PDF files and six MP3 music files. $19.95.
To order, call 1-800-761-8331 or email