RECOMMENDED RESEARCH TOPICS
JIM CROW LAWS
These laws mandated racial segregation in all public facilities, with a supposedly “separate but equal” clause for black Americans.
AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY
Why had blacks been deprived the right to vote? Once they did have the right, what measures were taken to discourage them from exercising it? How effective was the Voting Rights Act?
CIVIL RIGHTS ACT
What did it take to change the system and the society? What were some of the tactics used by civil rights activists to bring about these changes?
MARTIN LUTHER KING
How did MLK’s ideals affect the people and the times?
THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES (1960-2001)
How have race relations improved since the period under study? What were the main factors that led to these improvements? What improvements do you think are still needed?
SUPREME COURT and/or PLESSY vs. FERGUSON
Compare the Supreme Court decision in Plessy vs. Ferguson with Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas. What are the similarities and differences?
Malcolm X was the harshest critic of white Americans for their crimes and discrimination against black Americans. Discuss his role in this era.
FREEDOM RIDES and ROSA PARKS
Freedom riders were civil rights activists that rode interstate buses into the segregated southern states to test the United States Supreme Court Discuss. Expose their effect on the government.
Discuss segregation, violence, and the Great Migration…who was Emmett TillBLACK PANTHERS
The Black Panther Party achieved national and international notoriety through its involvement during the Civil Rights movement…discuss.
The media has the power to chronicle American history by using journalism as a tool to break down stereotypes, help educate, present the truth and influence the public. How did the media affect the Civil Rights Movement?
This issue of civil rights and education made international headlines with the affair that took place at Little Rock High School in 1957. Investigate.
The coincidence of the Civil Rights movement with the Vietnamese war helped to radicalize African American servicemen both in Vietnam and on their return.
ELECTED OFFICIALS and POLITICS
Title IX made it easier to move civil rights cases from state courts with segregationist judges and all-white juries to federal court. This was of crucial importance to civil rights activists who could not get a fair trial in state courts. A 1972 addition to Title IX states: "No person in the U.S. shall, on the basis of sex be excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal aid."
CHOICE YOUR OWN TOPIC!
Any topic on civil rights.
FOR THIS PROJECT
1. Choose a topic on the Civil War to research.
2. Research the topic in depth in the high school library.
(WorldBook Online, EBSCOhost Web, POWER LIBRARY).
3. You will then create a GLOG, an online poster to demonstrate your knowledge of the topic.
4. Your glog will include: a. At least two photographs which depict the issue at hand
b. Embed a video or link relating to topic
c. One paragraph summary and explanation of topic and issue and its effects on the United States and the Civil Rights Movement
d. Works Cited (if applicable)
e. Your name in the bottom right hand corner.
f. UPLOAD GLOG to library webpage.
5. Review one other classmate’s GLOG and write a brief interpretation/summary of their glog/topic and post it to webpage by your name!