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Lesson Plan 4: The Jim Crow Years: People Who Made a Difference
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The teacher will need to do the following before beginning this lesson:

Have your students view THE RISE AND FALL OF JIM CROW (either in class or in conjunction with the PBS premiere).

Review the online materials from the Web links listed below. Have these sites bookmarked on your browser.

Visit your school library or media center and confirm the availability of the books and resources listed on this page under "Suggested Bibliography." Your librarian or media specialist may be able to recommend similar resources.

Media Components

Video Resources:


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.


Bookmarked sites:

The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow

The companion Web site to the WNET four-part documentary series, this site contains Timelines, Biographical Information,, and a wealth of other materials.

Produced by the co-editors of Encarta Africana, including Professors Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Kwame Anthony Appiah, this Web site's purpose is to promote understanding of black history and culture.

Suggested Bibliography:

Anthony Appiah, Henry Louis Gates, editors. AFRICANA: THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AFRICAN AND AFRICAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE (New York: Basic Civitas Books, 1999).

Kenneth Estell, editor. THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN ALMANAC (Detroit: Gale Research Inc., 1994).

Jack Salzman, Greg Robinson, editors. ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN CULTURE AND HISTORY (New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 1996).

Anthony Appiah, Henry Louis Gates, editors. ENCARTA AFRICANA (CD-ROM), (Redmond, Wash.: Microsoft Corp., 1999).

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