Classroom

The Online Classroom is designed to help educators use photographs, documents, sound recordings and film footage from the State Library and Archives of Florida.

The Online Classroom also showcases collaborative projects between the State Library and Archives of Florida and Florida schools. These projects help students make a personal connection to the primary source documents that tell the stories of their communities.

Learning Units

Photographs and documents from the State Library and Archives of Florida are placed together with background information.

The Florida Seminoles

This unit introduces major themes, events, and individuals in Seminole history using primary sources from the collections of the State Library and Archives of Florida.

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Florida in the Civil War

Read letters, diaries ("I forgot to mention that President Lincoln and some of his cabinet were assassinated on Saturday night.") and official records.

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Mary McLeod Bethune

Bethune was active in the struggle for civil rights and served as an unofficial advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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The Cigar Industry Changes Florida

In the decades after the Civil War, cigar making became one of the most important industries in the southeastern United States.

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Primary Source Sets

Using primary source documents gives students the power to analyze history as historians do.

Primary sources are created in the moment of the historical event being studied. These primary source sets contain documents and photos arranged by topic that teachers can use in their lesson plans. Each set is accompanied by a teacher's guide containing historical context, teaching suggestions, and relevant NGSSS and Florida Standards.

Tallahassee Bus Boycott

Reverend C. K. Steele and Reverend H. McNeal Harris (pastor of Bethel AME church) protested segregated seating on Tallahassee city buses by sitting in the middle instead of at the back of the bus.

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The Tallahassee Ten

In June 1961 Interfaith Freedom Riders challenged segregated interstate buses by traveling from Washington, D.C. to Tallahassee, Florida.

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Patricia and Priscilla Stephens and the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE)

In the summer of 1959, the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) organized the Miami Interracial Action Institute and taught attendees principles of non-violent direct action to combat inequality in the South.

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Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in Florida

From 1972 to 1982, Florida lawmakers addressed the question of whether to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). The amendment proposed that "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State on account of sex." Floridians' response to the ERA mirrored the national divide over the amendment's message on gender equality.

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Florida History Day

This is a list of resources available online from the State Library and Archives of Florida relating to topics in Florida history. Additional resources are available at the State Library and Archives of Florida in Tallahassee.

Florida History Day, which is sponsored by the Museum of Florida History, is an annual statewide activity that enhances the teaching and learning of history at elementary and secondary school levels. A Florida History Day entry can address any person, event or idea from any time or place in history, but it must relate to the theme Breaking Barriers in History.

Resources for several topics in Florida history have been identified. This list is not comprehensive. Once you have a topic in mind, try searching all of Florida Memory for additional resources.

Florida History Day

State Contest: May 3-5, 2020

National History Day

National Contest: June 14-18, 2020

History Month

Explore a few examples of Florida's American history and culture.

Projects

Collaborative projects between the State Library and Archives of Florida and Florida schools.

Family History

This step-by-step guide will help you find your family history using primary source documents.

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Digital Storytelling

Digital storytelling is a way to tell a story using images, video, audio and music.Digital storytelling is a way to tell

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Florida Then and Now

This project documents change in Florida cities, towns, communities and landscapes from a student perspective.

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