Work on this website began in July of 2009 at the Office of Resources for International and Area Studies (ORIAS) at the University of California, Berkeley and is ongoing.  The historical content and document selections have been based on significant primary and secondary research (see Module Bibliography pages) and advice from several professors at Berkeley and Stanford.


  • To serve as a primary source research center for teachers, students and scholars interested in the American slavery debate and Atlantic History.
  • To support and streamline the preparation of primary source based lesson plans.
  • To facilitate curricular connections between United States History and World History.


  • Country of Origin:  To the extent applicable, each document name includes parenthetical notes that indicate the nationality of non-American individuals.  Any individual whose name is not followed by a note should be assumed to be American.
  • Year:  Each document name also contains a year.  Guidelines for interpreting this year appear within each module.
  • Format:  All documents are in "pdf" or "doc" form and are downloadable.

Office of Resources for International and Area Studies (ORIAS)

The Office of Resources for International and Area Studies (ORIAS) is a joint program of the Title VI Area Centers at U. C. Berkeley. Since its inception in 1996, the office has been dedicated to providing scholarly resources and supporting professional development for K-12 and community college teachers addressing international studies. The office is located at 2223 Fulton Street Rm 338 on the University of California, Berkeley campus. ORIAS programs include:

  • Free workshops on international studies and world history topics throughout the year.
  • E-newsletter "Updates" with information on campus resources and events of interest to teachers.
  • Tuition scholarships for professional development.
  • A lending library for educators.
  • Web-based resources and curriculum material.
  • Speaker's bureau of Middle East and South Asia scholars and students for classroom visits.
  • On-line directory of Bay Area international education resources.

Programs and materials are designed in collaboration with teachers and scholars to meet the challenge of creating a globally informed student body while addressing the curriculum standards for world history and the particular needs of California's diverse population. Web materials are edited and maintained by Michele Delattre, program coordinator.

Contact Information


Andy Hammann
Email: slaverydebatehammann@gmail.com
Phone: 510-643-0868


Kim Carl
Email: kcarl@berkeley.edu

Howie Lan
Email: howielan@socrates.berkeley.edu


Michele Delattre
Email: orias@berkeley.edu
Phone: 510-643-0868

Office of Resources for International and Area Studies
2223 Fulton Street Rm 338
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-2324
Fax: 510-643-7062