by Jessica McBirney
We've identified these texts as great options for text pairings based on similar themes, literary devices, topic, or writing style. Supplement your lesson with one or more of these options and challenge students to compare and contrast the texts. To assign a paired text, click on the text to go to its page and click the "Assign Text" button there.
This informational text details the controversial policies of Reconstruction after the American Civil War.Pair “Reconstruction” with “America’s Most Infamous Hate Group: The KKK” to provide students with additional information regarding the connection between Reconstruction and the creation of the KKK. What ideologies did the KKK hope to preserve during this time? How did the government respond to the establishment and actions of the KKK during Reconstruction?
Excerpt from Southern Horrors: Lynch Laws in All Its Phases
- Ida B. Wells
In “Excerpt from Southern Horrors: Lynch Laws in All Its Phases,” historical activist Ida B. Wells discusses the injustice and horrors of Southern lynch laws, focusing especially on the violence enacted against African Americans following the Civil War and Reconstruction Era.Pair “Excerpts from Southern Horrors: Lynch Laws in All Its Phases” with “America’s Most Infamous Hate Group: The KKK” and ask students to discuss how violence has been used to subjugate African Americans and others deemed inferior. How do both texts explore how ideologies of hate have been challenged?
Hate Speech and the First Amendment
- American Bar Association
In “Hate Speech and the First Amendment: Debating the ‘Mighty Constitutional Opposites,’” the American Bar Association discusses the conflicting nature of attempting to regulate hate speech without treading on the right to freedom of speech.Pair “Hate Speech and the First Amendment” with “America’s Most Infamous Hate Group: The KKK” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore issues of hate and free speech in America. What challenges do groups like the KKK pose when considering free speech issues? How do the two texts explore ways in which America has protected marginalized identities without infringing on the rights of citizens?
- J. Patrick Lewis
In J. Patrick Lewis’s poem “Freedom Summer,” James Chaney narrates the moment when he and two other volunteers were kidnapped and killed by the KKK.Pair “America’s Most Infamous Hate Group: The KKK” with “Freedom Summer” to provide students with additional information regarding the KKK. How did the hate group use violence to prevent change? What were they attempting to preserve?
- Barrett Smith
In the informational text “Malcolm X,” Barrett Smith discusses the life and contributions of the civil rights activist.Pair “America’s Most Infamous Hate Group: The KKK” with “Malcolm X” to provide students with examples of the discrimination and violence that African Americans experienced. Ask students to discuss how the violence and threats of hate groups, like the KKK, influenced Malcolm X’s views on combating racism?