Category: Civil War Through the Gilded Age 1861-1900

Slave Narratives

Using this lesson plan, students will examine oral histories with former slaves (“the slave narratives”) collected by the Federal Writers’ Project in the 1930s, to gain an understanding of what life was like for African Americans in slavery and following emancipation in the 19th century. Lesson activities include a group analysis of two FWP narratives using a 5W graphic organizer,


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Reconstruction

This lesson plan explores the lives of various people in Arkansas and the changes their lives went through at the beginning of the Reconstruction Era, and provides images of documents, transcriptions, and online links to primary and secondary resources focusing on the changing rights, racial tensions, and the elections in 1868. Two articles about 1868 racial riots in Conway County,


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Camp Nine

Students will utilize various sources, including electronic technologies, to gain an understanding of Japanese Relocation Camps (especially the ones at Rohwer and Jerome, Arkansas) established during World War II by Executive Order 9066 signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt. Students will also participate in class discussions after reading Camp Nine and/or studying the time period. They will also conduct research and design a product based on the information gathered.


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