During the Jim Crow era, education was an important component of the aspirations of African Americans. Many prominent African American leaders were nationally recognized educators, and their theories of education often mirrored their strategies in dealing with Jim Crow. In addition, many of the key battles in the struggle to overturn Jim Crow centered on equal access to education. This lesson plan considers the role education played in the struggle against Jim Crow.
Five class periods
Economic History, African American History, Civil Rights, Economic History
Students will be able to:
- Understand the relationship between Jim Crow laws and the economic conditions of African Americans.
- Consider the manner in which economic conditions change over time.
- Understand the relationship between economic power and political power.
Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning
United States History Standard and Benchmarks
Historical Understanding Standard and Benchmarks
This lesson was prepared by: Thomas Thurston