Past Institutes

Slavery, Secession, the Civil War, and Reconstruction

In February 2012, Humanities Texas held a series of one-day teacher workshops throughout the state focusing on slavery, secession, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.


Topics addressed included Slavery, Secession, The Civil War, and Reconstruction. The workshops emphasized close interaction with scholars, the examination of primary sources, and the development of effective pedagogical strategies and engaging assignments and activities.

Content was TEKS aligned, with particular emphasis placed on newly added or revised standards.


Participating scholars included John Barr (Lonestar College-Kingwood), Michael Les Benedict (The Ohio State University), Albert S. Broussard (Texas A&M University), Maceo C. Dailey Jr. (The University of Texas at El Paso), Donald S. Frazier (McMurry University), Carey Latimore (Trinity University), Eric Walther (University of Houston), and Jennifer Weber (University of Kansas).

Program Resources

View photos from the Beaumont, Houston, Midland, and El Paso workshops.

Location and Schedules

The workshop overviews details each program schedule and participants. 

BeaumontFebruary 16Education Service Center Region 5Overview
HoustonFebruary 17Houston ISDOverview
MidlandFebruary 23Education Service Center Region 18Overview
El PasoFebruary 24Education Service Center Region 19Overview  

Sponsors and partners

These workshops were made possible with major funding from the State of Texas and a We the People grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Questions about Teacher Institutes

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Workshop participants at Education Service Center Region 5 in Beaumont.
Jennifer L. Weber, associate professor of history at the University of Kansas, leads a small group discussion.