Keeping Them Apart: Plessy v. Ferguson and the Black Experience in America
A document-based teaching unit
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Students study the effects of Reconstruction-era legislation on race relations in the late 19th and 20th centuries. In addition to the Plessy v. Ferguson decision, they examine protests by African-American legislators, a letter to an Alabama editor by Booker T. Washington, Boston’s School Board rulings, restrictive labor laws in the South, and a description of racial violence in New York in 1900.
Lesson 1: The Case of Homer Plessy
Lesson 2: De Jure and De Facto Discrimination
Lesson 3: A Courtroom Simulation
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