Understanding the modern civil rights movement, a difficult and turbulent time in our nation’s history, may help us better understand and address many of our society’s current problems. Read here about those African Americans who put their families and loved ones on the front lines in the struggle for their freedom. This impressive site provides a map and detailed explanation of the major historic places of the Civil Rights Movement. These sites are also provided on a list, and you can learn more about the Civil Right Movement by perusing the "Learn More" section which contains memoirs, autobiographies, biographies and more.
A fascinating exploration of the United Auto Workers sit-down strike that took place at the General Motors plants in Flint, Michigan in 1936-1937. Oral histories were collected from many of the people who participated in, or observed, the strike. These recordings accompany the descriptive text, which is presented under three headings: how the strike was organized, the strike itself, and what happened after it was over. Some key recordings are also laid out on an interactive timeline. For a unit on American labor history, the recollections of the people who witnessed this famous strike are invaluable. - tech and learning
This American Anthropological Association project offers a new perspective on race and skin color. Beginning with an animated demonstration on height, it shows three people: one each short, medium, tall. Then as more people are added the tall person becomes medium. It then likens that to skin color and race. It uses video and animations to look at humans from the molecular level and studies patterns of genetic variation to see if they are determined by race. It also explores the science behind the variations in human skin color, and how genes and the environment affect health using diseases such as sickle cell, which most people believe is race specific. It concludes with a self-graded quiz that explains the reasons for the answers.
Don't let your brain become mundane over the summer. Keep it fresh and abreast with information from Academic Learning Coach! A Founding Father of the United States, author, printer, politician, inventor and scientist, Benjamin Franklin contributed to society in many ways. Three experiments are demonstrated through this interactive program. Through his research, the kite experiment unfolded and from that came the lightning rod. It is incredible that the lightning rod has stood the test of time and is still used in the 21st century! His studies were revolutionary.
Need some first hand account information concerning the Civil Rights Movement? Then check out interviews of former students
from Burgland High School in McComb, Mississippi, drawing on their experiences during the Civil Rights Movement. Burgland High School was involved in a large student walk-out in 1961. Hear from Brenda Travis, a woman who attempted to purchase a ticket from the “whites only” counter and was arrested and held in jail for 30 days. Jan Nave Barnes and her family invited civil rights workers into their home. Once part of the social elite, the family was eventually run out town, their house burned and their pet dog killed. With its incredible stories of bravery and vigilance, this is a must-see site.
This video clip [3:47] from a May 21, 1961, interview between Nelson Mandela and Brian Widlake, courtesy of ITN and Newsfilm, is a part of a larger report on Apartheid in South Africa. Mandela talks about what must be done to secure voting rights for South Africa's black citizens. This is the last known interview with Mandela before he was arrested and imprisoned a little more than a year later.
Need a primary historical print for a project or prose? This Library of Congress online catalog offers millions of primary sources including photographs, paintings, cartoons, drawings, posters, and much more. Search using names, subjects, formats, time periods, places, numbers, or collections. It offers tips for searching, downloading, file formats, image resolution, and saving or printing images.
Take note of several interactive timelines that make learning about the history of Britain fun and interesting. This site provides
timelines on topics like “Changing Lives,” “Rulers and Ruled, “Nations and Empires,” “Smallpox Through Time,” “A Golden Age? 1900-1914,” and many more. The timelines contain links to pictures and videos to enable you to learn more about each time period and each event.
Come check out the progress of the four-day march from Selma to Montgomery in March, 1965, organized by The Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). This supported voting rights for African Americans. Use the reports written by Joseph Califano, Jr., Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense and explore the timeline of civil rights activities that occurred during the Johnson Administration and learn why this was such an important issue. There are activities to engage in to help students learn more about this march for equality.
Is there anything good that came out of the Bubonic Plague? You may be quick to answer no, but this site gives a whole new perspective. Learn about the black plague and how it spread through Europe. Watch a video about the graves of plague victims found in London, and even read a first-hand account of a plague survivor. This site also discusses some of the effects of the plague, how it lead to the Peasant Revolt, and how it helped to reshape the feudal system in 14th century Europe.
Valerie Bourbour is a certified educator and past Co-Director of The Academy of Ormond Beach. Ms. Bourbour has experience in online learning platforms and aims for student success.