Conditions of Use

The Crafting Freedom Materials Project

Disclaimer for External Links and Non–Federal Resources

The Crafting Freedom website contains a variety of visual and textual material to be used for instructional purposes for which rights to use on the website have been acquired. However, there are a variety of links to other websites and references to resources available through government, non-profit, and commercial entities. External links to websites from the Crafting Freedom website and references to non-federal resources are provided mostly for informational purposes and for the convenience of the user. The Apprend Foundation does not control these sites or the resources they contain. These other sites may collect data or personal information. Once you link to another site, you are subject to the privacy policy of the new site. If you decide to access any site linked to this site, you do so entirely at your own risk. In addition, the external links and non-federal resources are in no way intended to represent an exhaustive listing.

Opinions and Interpretations

The Crafting Freedom website contains information gathered from many different sources. The opinions and interpretations expressed in the website do not necessarily state or reflect the views or policies of the funder (the National Endowment for the Humanities), the United States Government, or any agency, contractor, or subcontractor thereof.

Providing personal information on the Internet is completely voluntary, yet different websites may do different things with that information. Before providing any personal information, you should familiarize yourself with the Privacy Policy of the site collecting the information. Please read carefully the privacy policy of any third-party website to which you provide personal information. Since this website never asks for any personal information from users, there is not a privacy policy for this website.

Quality Control of Website Content and Website Links

All of the lesson plans and instructional material on this website have been rigorously field-tested in classrooms with 3rd-8th grade students or classroom tested by teachers who generously shared their instructional experiences with the Crafting Freedom design team. In addition, each lesson has been thoroughly reviewed by a scholar with expertise in African American history or African American literature.

Most of the websites that are linked to from this site have been highly rated and selected by a panel of experts designated by the Edsitement project of the National Endowment for the Humanities as very good websites. These were judged on the basis of educational excellence in the humanities and quality website design. In a few instances, websites that we linked to did not receive Edsitement's endorsement, because in those cases, the content required was not available at an Edsitement approved website. The few website links that were not selected by Edsitement met the quality standards of the Apprend Foundation.

This Crafting Freedom website provides a collection of resources and lesson plans that can be used by following a lesson plan (with suggested steps provided) or in a wholly customized fashion in a broad array of instructional settings. Because of the attention to quality in all the materials on this website, we believe that these materials will contribute to a very high quality instructional experience. However, the best way to ensure a high quality educational experience is to follow the field-tested "suggested steps" of the lesson plans provided. Crafting Freedom does not prescribe a specific course of study, nor advocate any specific educational theory.

We recognize that the World Wide Web is a dynamic, interactive, and exploratory environment for humanities education and that the humanities content of the linked sites may change and expand over time. The Apprend Foundation reserves the right to terminate any link at any time.


No copyright is claimed as to matters in the public domain. Copyright is retained by the owners for the works on this website that Apprend has been licensed to use. All other originally developed materials on this site are copyrighted by the Apprend Foundation, Inc. and are freely available to be downloaded, copied, distributed, and used for educational purposes with the condition that a mention of the origins of the work is required especially if the this material is incorporated into other instructional material and the origins of the work is not evident.

The videos and PDF slide shows may be downloaded and shared freely with students and others; however, it is not permitted to modify the videos or the slideshows in any way or to use them for non-educational purposes. When using the videos and PDF slide shows with groups, it is required to mention the origins of these materials and to provide the URL, "" so others can directly access them if they wish.

User's Obligation to Obey Applicable Laws

The materials—documents, images and videos—on the website are freely available for teachers and others working in an educational capacity to use for instructional purposes. Images and documents in websites linked with the Crafting Freedom website may be in the public domain, others may be protected under copyright, trademark, and other intellectual property laws of the United States and foreign countries. Such laws generally prohibit (subject to civil and criminal penalties) the unauthorized reproduction, distribution, adaptation, display, and performance of protected works. It is the user's obligation to comply with these applicable laws, including, where necessary, seeking the advice of counsel regarding the application of the fair use doctrine to the proposed educational use of materials. Other federal, state, and local laws that may apply to the use of materials linked with Crafting Freedom are defamation, misappropriation, invasion of privacy, and/or publicity rights.


Neither the Apprend Foundation, its funder, the National Endowment for the Humanities, nor any agency, employee, contractors, or subcontractors thereof: (1) make any warranty, express or implied, or assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any text, image, or materials in any website linked with the Crafting Freedom website or (2) represent that their use would not defame or violate or infringe upon the rights, including, without limitation, copyrights, trademarks, or any other intellectual property rights, moral rights, publicity rights, or privacy rights of any other person or entity.

Acceptance of Terms

By using this site, you signify your assent to these policies. If you do not agree to these conditions, please do not use this site.

Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998

Pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, the agent to receive notification of claimed infringement is: Laurel C. Sneed, Executive Director, Apprend Foundation, Inc., P. O. Box 13144, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709. She will forward any concerns to the foundation's lawyer.

Comments or Questions

If you have any questions or comments about this site please address them to Laurel C. Sneed, Executive Director, Apprend Foundation, Inc., P. O. Box 13144, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, 919.405.2326 or at