I Too, Sing America: A History ofDIVERSITY, INCLUSION (and Exclusion) By: Ms. Thomas and Sample Group 5th Period “Northrop” 11th Grade United States History
InclusionThe theme for my timeline is diversity and inclusion inAmerican history. I chose this theme because I noticedhow many times we discussed immigration, nativism,and laws changing to prevent or allow more people tobe citizens. Even as the United States pushes to becomea symbol of liberty and freedom it also had this trend ofpushing people out or denying them rights. This themeis relevant to US History because it is important tounderstand who exactly gets to be a part of that history.We often talk about America as if it was always an openand happy place to live but that has not always beentrue.
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,With conquering limbs astride from land to land;Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand Pre-Emancipation Events
Event #1: The Beginning of SlaverySlavery began in the “the colonies” in1619 when the first enslavedAfricans arrived in Virginia. EnslavedAfricans were brought to theAmericas via the Trans Atlantic SlaveTrade. Slavery is an importantexample of how millions of peoplewere brought into the what wouldbecome the United States but werenot truly included in the society ofthe times.A mighty woman with a torch, whose flameIs the imprisoned lightning, and her nameMother of Exiles
Event 2: The Declaration of IndependenceFrom her beacon-handGlows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes commandThe air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
Event 3: The Trails of TearsFrom her beacon-handGlows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes commandThe air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
Event 4: King Cotton"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries sheWith silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
Event 5: Emancipation ProclemationThe wretched refuse of your teeming shore.Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"