Teaching Hard History: American Slavery

Source: https://www.splcenter.org/sites/default/files/tt_hard_history_american_slavery.pdf

Author: Southern Poverty Law Center, 2018


8% of U.S. high school seniors could identify slavery as the central cause of the Civil War.

68% of the surveyed students did not know that slavery formally ended only with an amendment to the Constitution.

22% of students could correctly identify how provisions in the Constitution gave advantages to slaveholders.

44% of students answered that slavery was legal in all colonies during the American Revolution.

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