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African American History

Understanding the history of African Americans is crucial to understanding the history of America. The experiences of African Americans have shaped many aspects of the United States. These lesson plans are based on History Detectives episodes that examine artifacts from three distinct eras in American history: the Civil War, World War I and the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.

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History Detectives: Marion County Library

In this lesson (Bill of Sale Lesson Plan under "support materials"), students learn how the life of an enslaved person changed from the Antebellum period through Emancipation. They analyze primary source documents in order to create a timeline of an individual slave’s life and then watch a clip from the episode Bill of Sale, to confirm their findings.

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History Detectives: Our Colored Heroes

In this lesson (Colored Heroes Lesson Plan under "support materials"), students watch a clip from the episode Our Colored Heroes in which they learn about Needham Roberts and Henry Johnson, two African-American World War I heroes. They analyze period propaganda posters to understand how racial relations were shifting during World War I, and then write letters from the perspective of African-American soldiers or their family members.

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History Detectives: Desegregating the Lunch Counter

In this lesson (Woolworth Sign Lesson Plan under "support materials"), students watch a clip from the episode Woolworth Sign in which they learn about the use of sit-ins and nonviolence in the Civil Rights Movement. They then examine period images and news footage in order to analyze the strategies of the Civil Rights Movement and their effectiveness.

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History Detectives: Integration Report

In this lesson (Woolworth Sign Lesson Plan under "support materials"), students watch a clip from the episode Woolworth Sign in which they learn about the use of sit-ins and nonviolence in the Civil Rights Movement. They then examine period images and news footage in order to analyze the strategies of the Civil Rights Movement and their effectiveness.

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