This paper was a social studies curriculum designed to help students understand why history is relevant and important. It was geared for middle school students, however it can be easily adapted for other grades. I wrote it in 1967, more than 50 years ago, when I was a graduate student at Bank Street College of Education in New York City.
The family in this paper is the actual African-American family I had lived with in Columbus, Mississippi, in 1964, just a few years earlier. As a young white woman, I was in Mississippi as a civil rights worker with SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee). We were working to end segregation and to gain the right to vote for African-Americans.
There is another story I wrote more recently about this same family, "Our Mississippi Dilemma."
Teaching the Movement
Miriam (Cohen) Glickman
Walnut Creek, CA
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