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Timeline of Civil Rights through American History

Students will be able to identify a few relevant Civil Rights issues AND how the president of that era confronted/handled/resolved the issue, along with causes/effects; then students will reveal how many issues of the past affect their own lives today and explain how.

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Truman’s Desegregation of the Armed Services and Executive Order 9981

The students will read background material on civil rights movement relating to the armed services. They will analyze and discuss Executive Order 9981 and learn how the blinding of Sgt. Isaac Woodward affected President Truman. After reading and class discussion, the students will express their thoughts in a writing activity.
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Orson Welles and the Story of Isaac Woodard: The Influence of the Media on Presidential Awareness and Decisions

Students will examine primary and secondary source material to draw connections while working individually, cooperatively with a partner, and during whole-group discussion.
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Breaking Barriers: The Right to Fight

To introduce analysis of primary documents to sixth through eighth grade students in preparation for History Fair’s theme, “Breaking Barriers in History”
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Andrew and Martin: A Decade Apart, Yet Little has Changed

Students will compare past and present examples of child segregation faced by two African-Americans. One is a recollection of an account by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This account occurred in 1935 when Dr. King was six-year-old. The second account takes place in the present, shared by Andrew S. Evans. This account occurred in 1949 when Evan is eleven-year-old.
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The 101st Airborne goes to Little Rock

Based on the group work, each student will write a 2-3 paragraphs (4-6 sentences) defending or disagreeing with the President's decision to send the 101st Airborne to Little Rock citing evidence from the readings.
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African Americans in World War I

Students will work together to analyze primary resources about African Americans in the Great War.
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Integrating the Military

Students will advise Truman on the integration of the US military after WWII. They will play the role of individuals who advise the President based on primary sources.
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President Truman's Civil Rights Policies Leading to Desegregation of the Military

After a review of African American military history, students will analyze three primary documents associated with President Truman's decision to desegregate the military.
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Truman's Commission on Civil Rights

Students will read a section from To Secure These Rights: The Report of the President’s Committee on Civil Rights and analyze the directions under the executive order and the interpretation by the committee of what they were supposed to accomplish.
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