Early 20th Century Racial Moods

Sean Murphy
Leavenworth High School
Mayetta, Kansas

Roger Leaming
Ft. Scott High School

Ft. Scott, Kansas

Don Gifford
Washburn Rural High School
Topeka, Kansas

US History

Middle / High School


Students will examine poems by Langston Hughes, graphs listing lynchings by year and race from 1882-1968, Executive Order 8802, newspaper clippings regarding the Scottsboto Boys trial and a political cartoon depicting Adolf Hitler and the 1943 Detroit Race Riots. Based on their interpretation of the documents, students wil write an essay that analyzes the factors that ed to the changing moods of the African American community from the 1920s to th early 1950s.

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