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An African-American Woman Describes Segregated Buses in Montgomery, Alabama

During the Montgomery bus boycott, researchers from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee visited Montgomery to learn more about the boycott and document it. Researcher Willie Lee interviewed an African-American woman who worked as a domestic, who [...]

Tags: Boycotts
Item Type: Oral History
Background Essay on the March on Washington Movement

This essay describes the history of the March on Washington Movement, from its beginnings in 1941 to the famous 1963 March.

Montgomery Bus Boycott worksheet

This worksheet helps students evaluate primary resources about the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Students complete the graphic organizer with evidence to determine why the boycott was able to last for more than a year.

Tags: Boycotts
Item Type: Worksheet
African-American Women Threaten a Bus Boycott in Montgomery (with text supports)

In May 1954, the Women's Political Council of Montgomery, Alabama wrote a letter to the Mayor of Montgomery asking for changes that would make the city’s public bus system treat African-American riders with more fairness. The Women’s [...]

Analysis Worksheet: African-American Women Threaten a Bus Boycott in Montgomery

This worksheet helps students analyze a list of demands from the Women's Political Council regarding better treatment of black riders in Montgomery, Alabama.

Item Type: Worksheet
Active Viewing: Eyes on the Prize "Awakenings"

In this activity students analyze the reasons why the Montgomery Bus Boycott lasted so long and was successful. Students watch a short clip from the PBS documentary Eyes on the Prize about the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Then students analyze primary [...]

Imperialism Words for Political Cartoons

This list of words can be used by students to create political cartoons about the Philippine-American War in the activity "Create a Cartoon of the Philippine-American War."

The Movement Before the Movement Graphic Organizer

This graphic organizer helps students categorize different events in the 1940s civil rights struggle. It is part of the activity "The Movement Before the Movement."

The Movement Before the Movement cards

These cards are for the activity "The Movement Before the Movement: Civil Rights Activism in the 1940s." Before beginning the activity, the teacher should print and cut out a set of event cards and who-what-where cards for each student or group [...]

The Movement Before the Movement prompt

This is the writing prompt for the activity "The Movement Before the Movement: Civil Rights Activism in the 1940s."

Item Type: Worksheet

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