One important unit of American history centers on African American history. For teachers of American history in Loudoun County, these resources are invaluable.
Thomas Balch Library provides information about the history of African Americans in antebellum Loudoun and afterwards, including the legal impact of the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments. Further, the Library documents the struggles of blacks and other civil rights leaders to ensure the full equality promised by these post-Civil War additions to the U.S. Constitution.
To acquaint teachers with this rich archival resource and the educational materials that support the curriculum, the Friends Education Committee and the Black History Committee have developed tours and maps, community profiles, timelines, books, and oral histories.