Skip to main content

Civics and Social Justice Curriculum

The Civics and Social Justices curriculum contains three activity units that explore the laws and legal restrictions that asserted control over the freedom, mobility and labor of the newly freed blacks.

Whose Constitutional Rights?

GRADE LEVEL: 9-12

Overview: This activity guide focuses on the Reconstruction Amendments and acts enacted after the Civil War to extend rights to blacks, and examines how these advances were undermined. Students will critically analyze the Thirteenth Amendment and learn how a key loophole within it was exploited for the use of forced labor after the Civil War. Students will also be able to examine the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments and the Civil Rights Act of 1875 and consider how subsequent decisions by the Supreme Court were in direct conflict.

Slavery by Another Name

The 13th Amendment Didn't Abolish Slavery?

0:00
Published:
Rating: NR

Historian Pete Daniel explains the thirteenth amendment and why it didn't abolish slavery.

Playlist title
1 / 5 Videos
The 13th Amendment Didn't Abolish Slavery?
Slavery by Another Name
The 13th Amendment Didn't Abolish Slavery?
Slavery by Another Name Clip
Slavery by Another Name
Slavery by Another Name Clip
Presidential Reconstruction
Slavery by Another Name
Presidential Reconstruction
What are the Reconstruction Amendments?
Slavery by Another Name
What are the Reconstruction Amendments?
1883
Slavery by Another Name
1883

Law and Order

GRADE LEVEL: 9-12

Overview: This activity guide focuses on the laws and statutes - including the Black Codes, vagrancy statutes, pig laws and Jim Crow - enforced by Southern states after the Civil War to assert control over the freedom, mobility and labor of the newly freed blacks. Through activities presented in this guide, students have the opportunity to examine Black Codes and Jim Crow laws and analyze their impact on blacks in the decades after the Civil War. Students will make connections between these types of oppressive laws and the rise of forced labor and will have the opportunity to analyze a labor contract. Finally, students will make contemporary connections between state statutes and legislation that impact civil rights.

Slavery by Another Name

The Origins of Black Codes

2:31
Published:
Rating: NR

Historian Mary Ellen Curtin explains Black Codes.

Playlist title
1 / 5 Videos
The Origins of Black Codes
Slavery by Another Name
The Origins of Black Codes
Laws to Criminalize Black Life?
Slavery by Another Name
Laws to Criminalize Black Life?
Pig Laws and Imprisonment
Slavery by Another Name
Pig Laws and Imprisonment
Reflections on Jim Crow
Slavery by Another Name
Reflections on Jim Crow
Big Business
Slavery by Another Name
Big Business

Arriving in Goodwater

This clip tracks the arrival of John Davis, a 23-year-old who traveled to Goodwater, Alabama where he was subsequently forced into labor.

Taking a Stand

GRADE LEVEL: 9-12

Overview: This activity focuses on the different faces of civic engagement by highlighting the many voices of protest against forced labor. Students will read and analyze primary source documents that argued against forced labor. They will also consider what is necessary to spark legislative change. Lastly, students are introduced to forms of modern day slavery and given the chance to develop public awareness campaigns.

Slavery by Another Name

Warren Reese

2:18
Published:
Rating: NR

Audible clip from book

Playlist title
1 / 1 Video
Warren Reese
Slavery by Another Name
Warren Reese

Own the Film

PBS Video APP

Stream the best of PBS.

Anytime, anywhere.

TV laptop tablet phone
Download the Free App