This “history sleuth” slideshow suggests that a well-dressed gentleman filmed standing a few feet from President Woodrow Wilson in a crowd present at the launch of the U.S. Airmail service might be the African-American scholar, writer, historian and civil rights activist W.E.B. DuBois.
A copy of this PDF may be shared with your students (only); it provides some initial research and suggestions for further research to prove or disprove this hypothesis.
This is an opportunity for your students to research and attempt to solve a real, historical mystery
about whether W.E.B. DuBois attended this milestone aviation and postal service event.
Research pages to help your students organize their detective work and note their findings are included in separate, editable, Microsoft Word and PDF documents.
If you or one of your students solves the mystery, let me know! [ Valerie172n@gmail.com ] I don’t have the “final answer” myself although I’ve provided information from online archives about Dr. DuBois’ appearance and his travels during the month of May, 1918. I will add new information to the slideshow (with appropriate credit given to the student/source) as it becomes available.
Each purchaser is entitled to a free download of any future revisions.
Good luck, history sleuth!
Valerie Salven. J.D., B.G.I.
A history of the early U.S. Airmail—including the inaugural airmail flight from Washington, D.C.—is provided in the following product:
U.S. Airmail: First Pilots, Early Flights
Other products that may be of interest:
• Tuskegee Airmen: Four Advocates
• Five Hazardous Attitudes in History
• Amelia Earhart : Her History
• Eastern Airlines Flight 401—Airliner Crash, Aviation Ghost Mystery
• Aviation History Bundle—Tuskegee Airmen, Early U.S. Airmail Pilots, History Sleuth and a bonus