Teaching with Documents - Civil Rights Act & Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
In 1964 Congress passed Public Law 88-352 (78 Stat. 241). The provisions of this civil rights act forbade discrimination on the basis of gender as well as race in hiring, promoting, and firing. Today, according to the U. S. Government Manual of 1998-99, the EEOC enforces laws that prohibit discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, or age in hiring, promoting, firing, setting wages, testing, training, apprenticeship, and all other terms and conditions of employment. This website is a lesson plan on teaching the Civil Rights Act and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Dear Mrs. Roosevelt - Analyzing Letters
This section contains a series of questions or tasks that ask students to analyze the letters found at this Web Site. Each task stands alone, so you can pick and choose what seems useful to you based on your specific curriculum needs. This lesson plan is one of many found on the New Deal website.
TVA Electricity for All
Lesson plans include analyzing political cartoons, historical documents, and role-playing. This is one of several lesson plans found on the New Deal website.
Strange Fruit by Billie Holliday Lesson Plan
This lesson helps students learn about lynching and its relationship to racism in American history and to appreciate the ways in which jazz contributed to the political awareness of the American public.
Booker T. Washington & W.E.B. DuBois: Differing Views
Students will read and illustrate Booker T. Washington’s “Atlanta Compromise” speech using either Photo Story or PowerPoint. Students will read an excerpt from The Souls of Black Folk and complete an analysis sheet. Students will compare and contrast the viewpoints of Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. DuBois using a Venn Diagram.
JFK Announces Civil Rights Act
1964 Civil Rights Act announcement by President John F. Kennedy. This source is just one component of the Jim Crow Museum website.
Four Freedoms Speech
The audio and text of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's "The Four Freedoms" speech, which was delivered on January 6, 1941. *Free access, no account required.
Jim Crow Laws
The segregation laws written on this wall are a sample of the thousands of laws that existed during the Jim Crow period. This list was compiled by the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site Interpretive Staff. This resource is found on the Jim Crow Museum website.
1965 Alabama Literacy Test
Jim Crow refers to the racial hierarchy that defined American life through a set of laws and practices which operated primarily, but not exclusively, in southern and border states between 1877 and the mid-1960s. The Jim Crow Museum webiste also includes the literacy test for Louisiana and Mississippi.
Scottsboro Trial Transcript
Transcript of the Scottsboro Trial in 1931. This trial is the basis for the trial in the book, To Kill a Mockingbird.