Against All Odds: The African American Founding of Princeville, NC

Princeville, NC, the oldest town in the United States incorporated entirely by African Americans, is the focus of a 31-page packet that not only traces the history of the town, but also examines the challenges that city has faced over the years. Class members watch a documentary, read primary source documents, and then design and present a news broadcast about Princeville.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have groups research their town, when it was founded, and by whom
Classroom Considerations

  • The 31-page packet includes background information, discussion questions, exercises, activities, images, primary source documents, and resource lists
Pros

  • Links to additional resources and documentaries are provided
  • The lesson is carefully scaffolded and richly detailed
Cons

  • None
Common Core