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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.

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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 [...]

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."

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Rights in Early America

In this activity, students are assigned roles as different members of early American society and move to different areas of the classroom according to whether they could always/sometimes/never exercise different rights in the 1770s and 1780s. This [...]

Claiming We the People: Political Participation in Revolutionary America

In this activity students will learn about how groups without political power—African Americans, women, and working-class men—sought to expand their political power in the Revolutionary era. Students will analyze primary sources to determine the [...]

Liberty for All: Voices from the Revolution

In this activity students read short excerpts of documents that show how the expectations of women, African Americans, and working white men were raised by the rhetoric of liberty during the American Revolution. Students write petitions to the [...]

"In Defense of My Race and Country": African-American Soldiers on Why They Are Fighting

In this activity students read three letters written by African-American soldiers during the Civil War to determine why black soldiers felt compelled to join the Union Army.

Expanding the Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott

In this lesson students will examine three documents about the Montgomery Bus Boycott (1955-1956) to determine the importance of local activists, especially women, in the civil rights movement. This lesson might serve as an introduction to a unit [...]

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