Students read and respond to an excerpt from Holtzclaw’s The Black Man’s Burden, which shows the difficulties in education faced by African Americans in the South after the Civil War. At the end of the lesson, students gather in small groups to discuss related opinion questions. This is a great lesson for Black History Month or during a Reconstruction unit.
2-sided worksheet with adapted primary source and text-based questions*
Visual Learners Guide paces the lesson and shows images of the era*
Lesson plan and answer key
* Also included as editable PowerPoint file
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Background Info on Holtzclaw
African American William H. Holtzclaw fought against great odds to go to school in Alabama after the Civil War. He later became a student at Booker T. Washinton’s famous Tuskegee Institute, and later opened his own school, Utica Normal and Industrial Institute.
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