This fantastic full lesson plan features a PowerPoint presentation, group-project, and 10 primary source documents related to African-American's experiences during World War II. This lesson is great for Black History month!
In 1943, an African-American newspaper coined the term "Double V" in regards to their seeking "victory over enemies abroad and over racism at home." However, African-Americans still served in segregated units and experienced discrimination throughout the war.
This lesson has students working in small groups to analyze primary source documents and then reflecting on 2 essential questions: (1) Did African Americans have to make an absolute choice between fighting for their own rights or fighting to win the war? And (2) Are laws effective at changing the “hearts and minds” of Americans to accept and go along with change?
This is an amazing lesson to incorporate the Civil Rights Movement into your World War II unit and go deeper into the experiences of minorities during wartime! Also makes for an excellent lesson for Black History Month!
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