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Objective: Analyze the origins of the Civil Rights Movement through music.
Great lesson for previewing or reviewing the development of the modern American Civil Rights Movement in a highly engaging way. Three songs - all found for free online - walk students through the context and climate of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s/60s for African Americans as they pushed for equality in the US. Folder contains 1) a handout with songs' background information and lyrics, 2) a worksheet for students to answer questions about each song and its relation to the topic.