THE NATION CLASSROOM
History as It Happened
RACE RELATIONS and CIVIL RIGHTS
WELCOME TO TEACHER PAGES for The Nation Classroom for American History. Here, you will find lesson plans, background, and other curated content about important issues in the history of the United States, drawn from the 150-year archive of The Nation magazine and covering American history as it happened.
TWO WAYS TO USE THIS CONTENT:
1. In-class lessons: Each module includes a simple lesson plan for one class session on the material covered in the practice DBQ (document-based question) exam. You can offer background, ask pre-reading questions and conduct a class discussion, and have students read the DBQ-style excerpts. Students can then read the material on their own and answer questions using either or both of the two provided worksheets—or they can write an essay answering the DBQ.
2. Self-directed student practice: Assign students to read excerpts and practice work on their own. On the student home page, they can select from the eight time periods, read the relevant background and passages, and answer questions posed on the site.
CHOOSE YOUR MODULE:
- 1865–77: The Post–Civil War Era and Realities of Reconstruction
- 1877–99: The Reemergence of White Supremacy
- 1900–18: Bleakness and Progress
- 1919–29: Return From World War I, Jim Crow, Harlem Renaissance
- 1930–45: Depression, War and Bright Spots
- 1945–65: Civil Rights, Civil Strife: Landmark Movement Moments
- 1966–90: Black Power, the Long Hot Summer and ‘Trickle-Down Economics’
- 1991–Present: From Mass Incarceration to Black Lives Matter
You can also access another resource—a collection of Nation articles covering race relations and white supremacy in recent years—here.
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