M. first had American slavery in school in first grade.
We covered American history in kindergarten and the topic of slavery came up.
I don't know if it's come up as a topic in school or not-- not like my boys are really forthcoming on what they are learning.
So I didn't recall anything specific about Liam learning slavery aka what grade and so on. I know he is currently learning early American history but moving from Pilgrams to Revolutionary War, so I asked if he learned about slavery in school and he mentioned they have read books, so I imagine its something the cover broadly as part of Black History month but would get into more deaply at what ever grade they get into the civil war.
We have a city wide program aimed at getting young and old to read and discuss. The committee choices a book and the library holds discussion groups and the schools got involved. The high school kids read the adult book but for k-8 they pick books that are age appropriate the have similar themes to the adult book. Last year was homelessness. Its a pretty heavy subject but reality is Liam has known homeless people he just hadn't realized so we took that as an oppertunity to talk to him about it more. thinking when I was his age we were so much in a bubble but kids can't be these days...
As a complete coincidence, I ran across this story on MSNBC this morning. It's about the only black family in America whose roots can be traced back, on paper, to Slavery Island. Absolutely amazing story if you have 10 minutes to watch it. I was balling!