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New Primary Source Set: The Effects of Imperialism on the People of Africa and the Americas

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Published on Mon, 03/21/2016

[caption id="attachment_9171" align="alignright" width="300"]European nations staked their claims in the continents of Africa and the Americas with little concern for the indigenous populations. European nations staked their claims in the continents of Africa and the Americas with little concern for the indigenous populations.[/caption] Created during the History in Motion program, a collaboration between Emerging America and the Library of Congress, the following primary source set contains materials focused on the effects produced as a result of imperialism on the people of Africa and the Americas.   Imperialism has been a dominant force of change and conflict throughout human history. Beginning in the 1400s, European imperialism in the Americas and Africa greatly impacted the daily life and culture of the native peoples, shaping the course of history in regards to those continents. In all areas colonized by the Europeans, the belief systems of the European powers controlled social, political, and economic policy. By examining the belief systems of each group (Europeans and natives) and the interactions between them, students are able to see the influence of Europeans in shaping the culture of each region. Featured within the set are recommended secondary sources, classroom activity ideas, and primary source sets produced by the Library of Congress. Materials are divided into two sections: Africa and the Americas. Primary sources images and film recordings allow for a well rounded glimpse into the effects of imperialism. Materials contained within the set are paired with classroom activity ideas that enhance student understanding such as creating a “gallery walk” for students. In a gallery walk, students browse through a set of primary sources, create questions, and compare and contrast the sources provided. This student centered approach keeps classes engaged and provides for authentic learning. View more details, or download and access the primary source set online Emerging America brings this primary source set to you thanks to the outstanding primary sources and materials provided free by the Library of Congress.

Karen Albano

former History eNews Editor, Emerging America
Karen Albano worked with Emerging America from 2015-2020, contributing to many facets of the program including developing curriculum, improving the accessibility of the website to educators, overseeing social media outreach, and editing the History eNews.