by Ida B. Wells
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President Obama's Remarks on Trayvon Martin Ruling
- President Barack Obama
On the evening of February 26, 2012, Trayvon Martin, a 17-year old African American boy from Florida, was fatally shot by a George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer. Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder and was found “not guilty” by a jury in July of 2013. These are the remarks of President Barack Obama after the trial.Pair “President Obama’s Remarks on Trayvon Martin Ruling” with “Excerpt from Southern Horrors: Lynch Laws in All Its Phases” and ask students to discuss President Obama’s remarks, as well as the case, in light of Wells’ text. How does the “stand your ground” policy compare to the lynch laws of the post-Civil War South? Should citizens be allowed to take the law into their own hands?
The Story of Ida B. Wells
- Shannon Moreau
This is a short biography of Ida B. Wells and the personal tragedy she experienced that pushed her to raise national awareness about violence and discrimination against African Americans.Pair “The Story of Ida B. Wells” with “Excerpt from Southern Horrors: Lynch Laws in All Its Phases” so that students may have a better understanding of the life and work of author and activist Ida B. Wells. What drove Wells to speak out and seek justice on lynching?
This informational text details the controversial policies of Reconstruction after the American Civil War.Pair “Reconstruction” with “Excerpt from Southern Horrors: Lynch Laws in All Its Phases” to further students’ understanding of the Reconstruction Era following the American Civil War. What was the purpose of Reconstruction? How did it succeed or fail?
- Jessica McBirney
This informational text explains how the murder of Emmett Till helped spark the Civil Rights Movement.Pair “Emmett Till” with “Excerpt from Southern Horrors: Lynch Laws in All Its Phases” and ask students to discuss the tragic death of Emmett Till and the history of lynching. Why was Emmett killed? What were the consequences of this fourteen-year-old’s murder? How did the historical and cultural climate at the time receive the news of his murder — and how was this setting different from that of the countless deaths of other African Americans in Wells’ time?
America's Most Infamous Hate Group: The KKK
- Jessica McBirney
In the informational text “America’s Most Infamous Hate Group: The KKK,” Jessica McBirney discusses the KKK’s various waves of activity and popularity in America.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?