Past Institutes

Slavery, Secession, the Civil War, and Reconstruction

In February 2016, Humanities Texas held five one-day teacher workshops throughout the state focusing on slavery, secession, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.


Faculty lectures addressed topics such as the slave trade, the sectional crisis, the election of 1860, Latinos' experience in Texas during the Civil War, and Reconstruction.

Nearly 250 teachers attended the workshops, which emphasized close interaction with scholars, the examination of primary sources, and the development of effective pedagogical strategies and engaging assignments and activities. Content was aligned with the secondary social studies TEKS. Teachers received books and other instructional materials and were trained in the examination and interpretation of primary sources.


Workshop faculty included Michael Les Benedict (The Ohio State University), Albert S. Broussard (Texas A&M University), Daniel Feller (The University of Tennessee), Nikki Taylor (Texas Southern University), Jerry D. Thompson (Texas A&M International University), and Jennifer L. Weber (The University of Kansas). 

Locations and Schedules

The workshop overviews detail each program's schedule and participants.

EdinburgFebruary 10Education Service Center, Region 1overview
Corpus ChristiFebruary 11Art Museum of South Texasoverview
San AntonioFebruary 12UTSA Downtown Campusoverview
San AngeloFebruary 17Education Service Center, Region 15overview
LubbockFebruary 18Education Service Center, Region 17overview



The workshop was made possible with major funding from the State of Texas, with ongoing support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Questions about Teacher Institutes

Call 512.440.1991 or email

Nikki Taylor, professor of history at Texas Southern University, joins a discussion with teachers about slavery at the “Slavery, Secession, the Civil War, and Reconstruction” institute in Corpus Christi.
Historian Michael Les Benedict leads a discussion in the “Slavery, Secession, the Civil War, and Reconstruction” institute in Corpus Christi.