US History & Great Migration 

1) Read the provided YAWP readings.

2) Review the videos provided.

3) Read about the Great Migration on pages 548 – 550 of the US History online textbook.

4) Review the Nadir of Race PowerPoint presentation.

5) Read the Mildred Lewis Rutherford article provided.

1) Create a conversation starter about these learnings.

2) If we study history so that we don’t repeat the mistakes of the past, what do we need to learn and know from this time period?

3) Pose 3 questions from your learning to your fellow students to create further discussions.

What is your reaction to the article quoting Rutherford about the conditions of slaves? They “were the happiest set of people on the face of the globe, free from care or thought of food, clothes, home.”
For generations, many were taught erroneously that slavery was “the happiest time of the negroes’ existence. The slave was a member of the family, often a privileged member. He was the playmate, brother, exemplar, friend, and companion of the white man from cradle to grave.”

Did these beliefs and teachings lead to systemic racism and the widespread passage of the Jim Crow Laws as well as contribute to the continued racial tensions of today? Explain.

Over 100 years ago, Ida B. Wells argued that the nation needed a national remedy to cure the disease of the discriminate killing of its black citizens.

How do you see Wells’ arguments playing out today?

Name a modern-day Ida B. Wells and explain why you thought of them.

What else do you want to discuss about this topic?

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