Posted on December 4, 2015
Good question, isn’t it? Where can students go to find the answer?
Biography In Contextfor starters, where you’ll find a feature this month on the Mother of the Civil Rights Movement,Rosa Parks.Her quiet defiance of sitting in a “whites-only” section of a bus on December 1, 1955, galvanized support for the Civil Rights Movement, sparking Freedom Rides, boycotts, and sit-ins. Transport students back in time to visit this tumultuous era in our nation’s history – students can read about Parks and her work, hear her speak in a video, and look at her statue that President Obama unveiled in the Capitol.
This year also marks the 50thanniversary of theVoting Rights Act, andStudent Resources In Contextcovers that legal precedent as well as recent challenges to it. While on the topic,Women’s Suffragehit the big screen recently, and the fascinating stories behind that movement can be found inUS History In Context. Read Susan B. Anthony’s “Speech on the Right of Women’s Suffrage,” from 1873, when she was arrested for the having the audacity to vote! Look at photos of suffrage parades, read the Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments, as well as other primary sources from Carrie Chapman Catt, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and others.