The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow A Century of Segregation
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Introduction Lesson Plan Activities Resources

ACTIVITY ONE: Living with Jim crow


    The teacher will need to do the following before beginning this lesson:
    View the video THE RISE AND FALL OF JIM CROW.

    Review the two online essays bookmarked below. If necessary, print out and make copies of the online article for students.

    Bookmark the Web sites that will be used in the Culminating Activity.
Media Components
    Video Resources:

    • THE RISE AND FALL OF JIM CROW, Episode One and Three.

    Computer Resources:

    • Modem: 56.6 Kbps or faster.
    • Browser: Netscape Navigator 4.0 or above or Internet Explorer 4.0 or above. Macintosh computer: System 8.1 or above and at least 32 MB of RAM.
    • Personal computer (Pentium II 350 MHz or Celeron 600 MHz) running Windows® 95 or higher and at least 32 MB of RAM.
    • MP3 Player installed on personal computer with attached speakers.
    • LCD projector for projecting digital images (optional).

Bookmarked sites

    Bookmarks for Learning Activities, Activity Two

    • "The Ethics of Living Jim Crow: An Autobiographical Sketch," Richard Wright

      Richard Wright expanded this autobiographical essay, written while he was in the Federal Writers Project, into his novel BLACK BOY.

    • "Southern Journey," Emanuel H. Demby

      In this 1936 essay, a New York City high school student recounts his summer spent in the South.

    Bookmarks for Culminating Activity

    Written Resources:

    • American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1940

      These typescript interviews from the Federal Writers' Folklore Project offer the recollections of Americans from many walks of life. Use the site's search engine to find stories of African Americans (search for "Negro").

    • New Deal Network Document Collection

      This is a subject index to New Deal Network documents concerning African Americans.

    • The Reflector: An African American Newspaper Depicting African-American Life in Charlottesville, Virginia, During the Jim Crow Era

      This University of Virginia Web site includes dozens of newspaper articles published in THE REFLECTOR during the 1930s.

    Visual Resources:

    • The Jackson Davis Collection of African American Educational Photographs

      This site contains images of African American schools, school grounds, and classrooms from the Jim Crow era.

    • America from the Great Depression to World War II: Photographs from the FSA-OWI, 1935-1945

      This Library of Congress American Memory collection includes 1,600 color and 55,0000 black and white photographs of rural and small-town America during the late 1930s. The index is organized geographically and by subject.

    Audio Resources:

    • "Now What a Time": Blues, Gospel, and the Fort Valley Music Festivals, 1938-1943

      An American Memory project consisting of approximately one hundred sound recordings, primarily blues and gospel songs, and related documentation from the folk festival at Fort Valley State College (now Fort Valley State University), Fort Valley, Georgia.

    • John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States Recording Trip Collection.

      This collection includes 686 sound recordings, as well as photographic prints, documenting folksingers and folksongs discovered on a three-month trip through eight Southern states: Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, and Georgia.

    • Red Hot Jazz

      This site includes sound files for many early jazz recordings.

    General resources:

    • History Matters

      The History Matters Web site at George Mason University has links to dozens of Web sites on African American History. Visit their search page and click on the categories "Great Depression & World War II" and "African Americans."

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Intergenerational Discussion Guide
presents ideas and facts on the Jim Crow era.
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