Lessons Learned: Content, Tone, and the Lost Cause in Textbooks

by  HistoryConnects from the Virginia Museum of History & Culture

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Lessons Learned is an interactive analysis of Southern history in Virginia textbooks. Our topics focus on African American history, from the beginnings of slavery through the Reconstruction. Students will work alongside our educators to carefully examine tone and content in textbooks from the nineteenth through twenty-first centuries. This program compares the Lost Cause narrative prevalent in many textbooks with artifacts found at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture. 

Note: Students are required to do a pre-trip activity which encourages them to thoughtfully source where and how they learned history. Their responses will be incorporated into the program. 

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About This Program


Point to Point: $125.00
By Request: $125.00


45 - 60 Minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 9, 10, 11, 12, Adult Learners College Students

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:

There is no maximum, but for optimum interactivity, we suggest no more than 60 students.

Primary Disciplines

Language Arts/English, Literacy, Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)

Booking Information

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HistoryConnects from the Virginia Museum of History & Culture

Richmond, VA
United States

The Virginia Museum of History & Culture is owned and operated by the Virginia Historical Society—a private, non-profit organization. The historical society is the oldest cultural organization in Virginia, and one of the oldest and most distinguished history organizations in the nation. For use in its state history museum and its renowned research library, the historical society cares for a collection of nearly nine million items representing the ever-evolving story of Virginia.

HistoryConnects is an outreach education initiative by the Virginia Museum of History and Culture utilizing video and web conferencing to reach learners of all ages across the state of Virginia and around the world! HistoryConnects is made possible in part by the Hugh V. White, Jr., Outreach Education Fund.

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Program Details


Program format:
1. The program begins with an introduction to historiography
2. We then analyze African American history as depicted in Southern textbooks
3. The presenter will incorporate the participants’ pre-activity answers to guide discussion
4. Time is allowed for questions and answers


Program objectives:
1. Participants will critically engage with historiography to understand who creates textbooks
2. Participants will differentiate between tone and content in secondary sources
3. Participants will reflect on why the Civil War remains one of the most contested events in US history
4. Participants will develop cultural awareness of Southern society in the early 20th century