Doctrine of Discovery

1. Reflection Questions

What about the Doctrine of Discovery is the most surprising to you?

How does the Doctrine of Discovery change or affirm what you already knew about land rights in the United States and throughout the world?



2. Take Action

Spread Awareness. Many people don’t know about the Doctrine of Discovery and how it impacted people around the world. Misinformation can contribute to either forgetting about the past or reinforcing incorrect historical narratives that promote racism, classism and numerous other forms of injustice.

Is there one person in your family, community or friend group that you could have a conversation with about the Atlantic slave trade? How would you start that conversation or bring the topic up?

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3. Healing + Resilience

Taking information breaks. Sometimes that amount of information in the world can be overwhelming, especially if it all feels like bad or hard news. If you start to feel overwhelmed by learning too much information too fast, take an information break! Take some time to talk with someone about what you’re learning without taking in any more information. You can also write your thoughts in a journal or check out this link for journal apps, online diaries and digital scrapbooks. 


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