Documents on Jim Crow, the Constitution and a civil rights timeline
‘Eyes on the Prize‘ Episode 1 ‘Awakenings’: Video and Worksheet
Students choose two questions to discuss in class
Groups for and against the development of civil rights
Investigate the aims and actions / tactics of each
- National Association for the Advancement of Colored Peoples
- Congress of Racial Equality
- Regional Council of Negro Leadership
- Lily-White Movement
- Ku Klux Klan
- White Citizens Council
Impact of WWII on civil rights
This fact sheet is a good overview of African-Americans in World War II.
To what extent did the Montgomery Bus Boycott ‘spark’ the Civil Rights Movement?
Why was the ‘Little Rock Nine’ a key event for the Civil Rights Movement?
- Video: Outline and footage of Central High School / Little Rock Nine (snip from Eyes on the Prize)
- Eyes on the Prize (1st 30 min CHS – but rest also worth watching!)
- Integration of Central High School (History.com – short video plus text)
- ‘Little Rock Nine for Dummies‘ Should you trust anyone who calls himself ‘Hip’? But it is a pretty good overview and puts LRN/CHS into context.
- ‘The Little Rock Nine 50 Years Later‘ (PBS Newshour)
And from ‘The Butler’ (shows preparation and planning) [First 4:13 only, then repeats]
Lots around the internet, but read particularly this piece. Have an understanding of the events, but also look carefully at the section on ‘Important Points‘. Why were the rides such a powerful force in the CRM?
The March on Washington
Overview from CORE
Text of MLK’s ‘I have a dream‘ speech (play the audio while you read the text)
Impact of the March on Washington
Obviously, huge! A few articles, but lots of other good ones also out there:
– ‘4 big accomplishments‘
– Interesting perspective on coming from out of town (800km Cincinnati – DC)
– Has civil rights progress stagnated? Interesting article which gives lots of good info about the 1960s with how it has evolved since.
And of course, lots more!
(some questions, with answers supplied!, thanks to PBS – ‘Procedure, No. 3)
Civil Rights Act (1964)
Voter Registration & the Voting Rights Act
This piece outlines the background to the debate over whether to focus on voter registration or direct action protests. (It is also a pertinent lesson in win/win decision making)
How voting worked in Alabama before the Voting Rights Act
– Application Form: Overview and Form
– Literacy Test: Overview and Sample from a ‘Citizenship School’ to prepare prospective black applicants for the test.
(How is this different from a ‘Citizenship Test’ given to prospective new citizens – ie immigrants applying for naturalisation?)
From Library of Congress page on the Immediate Impact of the CRA 1964
Key People in the CRM
Martin Luther King
Bio from CORE
Opposition to civil rights
Ku Klux Klan
SOUTHERN OPPOSITION TO CIVIL RIGHTS IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE (1938-1965) – Read the Abstract & Intro
Marian Anderson concert in 1939 at Lincoln Memorial
Comprehensive Revision Document: Civil Rights 1945-1968
Martin Luther King and Malcolm X: A collation of sources
Suggestion from Jack: Louis Theroux and Black Nationalists (1999)