- Digging Deeper: To
learn more about one high school
student's investigation into the history
of African Americans in her community,
read Calista Cleary's essay "Little
Egypt: Black History in Three New England
Towns" linked above.
- Thinking Like an Historian: Listen
to the video segment in the introduction
to this module, "Finding Your Local Town History," with
Calista Cleary. What steps did Calista
take in researching this little-known aspect
of her town's history? What resources did
she uncover? Consider how you might go
about conducting similar research in your
- Using Primary Documents: Using
the information suggested in this unit, create a check list to identify
key sources for the study of the history of African Americans in your
community. What has already been discovered about the history of your
community? Who are your local history experts? Are there historians
specializing in state and local history at your local college or university?
What resources are available at your local library or historical society?
Have you sought out old cemeteries, church records, or city hall records?
Where can you find census information for your community? What resources
are available at the state and national level? Finally, how can you
share the results of your research with other members of your community?