Overview: Learning about history through the people who lived during an era, makes the time become real to the students studying the era. Many of today's students when asked who the most famous baseball players are would most certainly cite many African Americans, but most are unaware that those same players would not have been allowed to play in the first half of the 20th Century. They do not know of the Jim Crow laws and the segregation that existed when their grandparents watched America's sport. Students will engage in an in-depth study of the time of the Leagues and use their research data to create baseball cards of some of the most famous of these great players.
Graphic organizers for the unit include the following:
Â·Introduction to the Negro Baseball Leagues
Â·Graphic Organizer for collecting data