What is (Re)connecting Brooklyn's History?

(Re)connecting Brooklyn's History is CBH Education's new one-hour history series. We are introducing middle and high school students, and educators to historians and scholars whose work looking at Brooklyn’s past relates to issues taught in the classroom. Each session will be recorded and posted on our website. Each session offers 1 CTLE credit. Students have access to booklets with activities and resources for further research. Educators' booklets contain access to lessons and resources to assist with classroom learning. Teachers are encouraged to use these conversations as part of their lessons. Our hope is for educators to use these videos and suggested lessons as part of their in-person and virtual learning classes to:

  • Begin or end a unit
  • In place of a classroom or virtual lesson
  • Supplement learning and/or
  • As extra credit activities for students

Find booklets and recordings from the series below. Don't miss out on future (Re)connecting Brooklyn's History events. Info and regisitration for future events is here.  

Slavery and Abolition in Brooklyn

In this talk, historian Prithi Kanakamedala provides educators and students a glimpse of the long history of slavery and anti-slavery activism in Brooklyn and its connections to New York, and the United States through various primary sources.

  • Access the event's companion booklet for educators here and for students here



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Civil War Correspondence 

In this workshop by historian and curator Julie Golia, we will learn what 19th-century letters can teach us about the Civil War. Using this correspondence we can draw comparisons between today's digital communication forms and the very different experience of letter-writing.


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Brooklyn CORE & the Fight for Justice 

In this talk, historian Brian Purnell provides educators and students resources and perspectives on the civil rights struggle in midcentury Brooklyn, the specific actions of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), and connections to social justice activism of today. 


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Brooklyn's Homefront during World War II

The history and legacy of the Second World War can be seen all around us in Brooklyn. In this talk, Andrew Gustafson of Turnstile Tours & Studio delves into fascinating sites and stories of the borough's war years.


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Kenneth C. Davis on Immigration

America is often touted as a nation of immigrants. Throughout the nation's history, however, successive groups of new arrivals to the country have faced barriers to entering and thriving within America's borders. From the anti-German rhetoric used by one of the country's Founding Fathers, the Nativist movement that violently attacked Irish Catholics, through the Chinese Exclusion Act and the quota system inaugurated in the 1920's, an often-untold story of both official and popular anti-immigrant rage lies beneath the surface of the history of the United States. Kenneth C. Davis, author of the bestseller Don’t Know Much About History, which gave rise to his Don’t Know Much About  series of books and audios, illuminates the history of immigration since the founding of the United States. Davis has written books targeted to a young adult audience, such as In The Shadow of Liberty, and is a frequent visitor to classrooms. 


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