The Wrong Side of History: How One Group Justified Its Opposition on the Freedom Riders and Civil Rights for African Americans

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Designed as a supplement to the study of the Freedom Riders, this resource uses primary sources to reveal the views of those who opposed the Freedom Riders. After careful study of the arguments presented by the members of the Montgomery Citizens Council, class members formulate letters in which they refute the groups' claims and arguments.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • The lesson presumes high schoolers have studied the Freedom Riders in some depth; however, if they have not done so, begin with the materials provided in the Background Information section of the packet
Classroom Considerations

  • Designed for AP American history classes, the concepts and materials are, nonetheless, appropriate for any junior American history class
Pros

  • The nine-page packet includes links to background information, to the primary source documents, a step-by-step plan, the text of Mr. Lancaster's speech, a detailed assignment sheet, and a rubric for the letter assignment
Cons

  • None
Common Core