An award-winning lesson about violence during Jim Crow

launched in 2016: Monroe Work Today

Auut Studio strives to produce amazing lesson materials for America’s amazing history teachers – sign up to keep in touch! This, our most visible project, rediscovers the meticulous record-keeping of Monroe Nathan Work, who was working behind the scenes in 1912 to ensure that unjust violence would not be forgotten. This lesson is the most thorough map of the reign of lynching from the Civil War until 1964.

Students learn important historical context, meet heroes of the era, and explore the map to report their own findings. This self-contained lesson can be conducted in class or assigned as a single night’s homework. It is 100% free, now and forever.

Monroe Work Today paints a picture in your students’ minds that resonates its own significance. The picture tells a story, fosters a new understanding – and cannot be forgotten.


Written specifically for curious high school minds, Monroe Work Today has been covered by several major outlets because of the shocking impact of its interactive map. In reality, Auut Studio repackaged the textbook: what might have been one paragraph in passing about the violence of lynching is now expanded to the stories of nine heroes – all of whom were young once, too.

The site was honored with a 2017 Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History. The AASLH Leadership in History Awards, now in its 72nd year, is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history.

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See our coverage:

Cover of American History Magazine, August 2017

American History magazine (August 2017, p.10)

“Lynchings Remembered”

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Internet Scout – The Scout Report

Review of Monroe Work Today (March 2017)

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American Association for State and Local History

2017 Leadership in History Award Winners

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