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Lesson Plan 7: "Domestic Terror": Understanding Lynching During the Era of Jim Crow
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The teacher will need to do the following before beginning this lesson:
Have students view the video THE RISE AND FALL OF JIM CROW. The issues covered in this lesson plan are treated extensively in the video. Students should be asked to focus especially on information about racial violence and to take notes on that subject while viewing the video.

Review the online materials from the Web links bookmarked below. Make photocopies of online materials for classroom use, as described in the Steps section

Media Components

Video Resources:

  • THE RISE AND FALL OF JIM CROW, Episodes One and Two.

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:

Lynching in America: Statistics, Information, Images

This Web page is a part of Professor Doug Linder's "Famous Trials" Web site. Dr. Linder is a Professor of Law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School.

Lynch law in Georgia, by Ida B. Wells-Barnett

The pamphlet consists of: 1) an introductory preface by Ida B Wells; 2) a description of a lynching in Palmetto, Georgia, mainly taken from coverage in the local press; 3) a description of the lynching of Sam Wilkes and the Reverend Elijah Strickland, also from reporting in the local press; and 4) the report of a Chicago detective who was sent to Georgia to investigate the matter. The lynchings took place within a few miles of each other during the course of a few weeks in April and May, 1899.

P. Thomas Stanford, "Lynching," THE TRAGEDY OF THE NEGRO IN AMERICA (Boston, 1897)

THE TRAGEDY OF THE NEGRO IN AMERICA was written by the Reverend P. Thomas Stanford, the pastor of a church in Birmingham, England. Stanford, himself black, visited America in the mid-1890s to investigate the condition of American blacks, "in the hope of helping create a strong, healthy public opinion that will make it impossible for outrages and lynchings to be much longer continued."


Students would need the following supplies:

  • Photocopies of online resources, as given in the Steps
contine to: Steps

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Intergenerational Discussion Guide
presents ideas and facts on the Jim Crow era.
  To download the Guide, you'll need the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Download Adobe Acrobat.  


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