Social History for Every Classroom


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Qualifying to Vote Under Jim Crow worksheet

This worksheet helps students analyze primary sources to understand the restrictions that prevented African Americans from being able to vote prior to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Item Type: Worksheet
Adding to the Picture worksheet

This worksheet helps students analyze primary sources from the planning and debates surrounding the 1963 March on Washington. It is used as part of the teaching activity "Adding to the Picture: The 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom."

Background Reading on Segregated Buses

This short reading can help students and teachers understand the experience of riding segregated public transportation.

Item Type: Article/Essay
Proclamation of the Delano Grape Workers for International Boycott Day, May 10, 1969

In 1966, Mexican and Filipino grape pickers in California joined together to strike for better working conditions. Farm workers were excluded from federal laws passed during the 1930s that protected other kinds of workers. As the strike continued [...]

Plan of Delano

Co-authored by C├ęsar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, with help from playwright Luis Valdez, the "Plan de Delano" outlined the beliefs and vision of the United Farmworkers of America (UFWA), founded in 1965. The UFWA, whose headquarters were in Delano, [...]

"Supporters of the Grape Boycott March through Toronto"

In 1965, Mexican and Filipino farmworkers joined together as the United Farm Workers of America (UFWA) to strike against poor working conditions and low wages in California's grape industry. Months on the picket line, however, took their toll, and [...]

Item Type: Photograph
Vocabulary for Farmworkers and the Struggle for Economic Justice

These words and phrases (some in Spanish) are used as part of the Farmworkers and the Struggle for Economic Justice activity, which includes portions of the documentary The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers' Struggle.

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

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