Historiography and Jim Crow in popular culture

High schoolers examine the different ways history has been written about the Jim Crow laws during three phases—from the end of the Civil War until the 1960s, during the 1960s, and then during the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. A very powerful lesson in historiography.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Rather than use class time to view the segments of the film, flip the lesson and assign the scenes for out-of-class viewing
Classroom Considerations

  • The resource is designed to be used with a viewing of Gone with the Wind
  • Preview all the materials, especially the suggested extensions, before deciding if the lesson is appropriate to use with your class
Pros

  • The carefully constructed lesson underscores how interpretations of historical events are influenced by changing attitudes
Cons

  • Guidelines for a safe and respectful classroom discussion would need to be in place before using this resource