From Slavery 

to Civil Rights

Sam Houston
State University

Slavery, Segregation, and Civil Rights in the U.S. South

Calling all SHSU honors students. In May 2021, you will have the opportunity to study slavery, segregation, and civil rights, while touring the U.S. South with professors Jeffrey L. Littlejohn and Kristin Henze. Along the way, you will visit some of the most important historical sites in the country. You'll learn about African American slavery in Natchez, Mississippi; you'll examine Civil War strategy at Vicksburg, Mississippi; and, you'll visit Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. You'll also have the opportunity to visit new museums that recount the African American experience, including the Rosa Parks Museum, the Freedom Riders Museum, and the Equal Justice Initiative's Legacy Museum and National Memorial to Peace and Justice. The trip will truly change your view of U.S. history, and you'll receive 3 hours of honors credit!

Polarsteps App


Students on the honors trip will publish their work via Polarsteps, a free mobile app and web platform that allows contributors to share images, maps, stories, and more. With Polarsteps, each student will be able to highlight the distinctive people, places, and events that have shaped U.S. history.

Maps, Media, Blog

Students, their families, and friends may find links to maps, course materials, photographs, blog posts, and other materials here. This section of the website will be updated as the trip progresses.

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