Two New History Labs Available Now
The UMBC Center for History Education has added two new History Labs to our site, both of which were developed in partnership with Baltimore County Public Schools.
Teachers Brenda Payne, Corjie Tarlton, and Amy Vaillancourt have developed a new lab for upper elementary students, entitled "The Tobacco Economy: How did the Geography of the Chesapeake Region Influence its Development?" This lab utilizes wills and other legal records to highlight the crucial influence of an expanding tobacco crop on the social and economic structure of colonies in the mid-Atlantic region. Students will learn how the expansion of tobacco farming in the region led to a shift in the labor force from indentured servants to enslaved persons.
The History Labs project is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Teaching American History Program.