Past Institutes

Slavery, Secession, the Civil War, and Reconstruction

In February 2013, Humanities Texas held a series of one-day teacher workshops for two hundred and thirty-nine teachers throughout the state focusing on slavery, secession, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.


Each workshop addressed the state’s curriculum standards covering 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. Teachers received books and other instructional materials.


Participating scholars included Michael Les Benedict (The Ohio State University), Albert S. Broussard (Texas A&M University), Daniel Feller (University of Tennessee, Knoxville), Donald S. Frazier (McMurry University), Carey H. Latimore (Trinity University), Eric H. Walther (University of Houston), Jennifer Weber (University of Kansas), and Daina Ramey Berry, H. W. Brands, and George B. Forgie, all of The University of Texas at Austin.

Program Resources

Our March 2013 newsletter included a slideshow of images from the workshops.

View videos of selected faculty lectures:

Locations and Schedules

Each workshop overview details the program's schedule and participants.

AustinFebruary 15Byrne-Reed HouseOverview
AbileneFebruary 18Education Service Center, Region 14Overview
Corpus ChristiFebruary 20Education Service Center, Region 2Overview
DallasFebruary 21Dallas Institute of Humanities and CultureOverview
KilgoreFebruary 22Education Service Center, Region 7Overview


These workshops were made possible with funding from the State of Texas, with ongoing support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional support was provided by the Sid W. Richardson Foundation.

Questions about Teacher Institutes

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Bill Brands
H. W. Brands (The University of Texas at Austin) leads a discussion about the Emancipation Proclamation.
Daniel Feller
Daniel Feller (Univeristy of Texas, Knoxville) and a group of teachers discuss sections of the Constitution related to slavery at the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture.
Daina Ramey Berry
Daina Ramey Berry (The University of Texas at Austin) and a group of teachers in Austin analyze documents such as the Three-Fifths Compromise and the Fugitive Slave Act of 1793.