Jim Crow and the Fight for Civil Rights

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The history of voting rights in America has always been rocky, especially in the time period after the Civil War. Learn about the ways that Jim Crow laws affected the voting rights of African Americans with a instructional activity featuring primary source documents and thoughtful discussion questions. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use in your social studies unit after studying the Civil War
  • Bring to a language arts class to provide context for a novel about civil rights or Jim Crow laws
  • Have pupils do the research project as an extension activity or homework assignment
Classroom Considerations
  • Some of the text in the primary source documents is hard to read; be sure that printing and copying doesn't affect readability, or type out the text below on the page
  • Provides a glossary for common terms and vocabulary words
  • Encourages learners to use their critical reading skills with primary source documents
  • A great fit for a unit on social issues and civil rights
  • None
Common Core