Lesson Plan

Use primary documents and images to discover the ways state and local governments restricted the newly gained freedoms of African Americans after the Civil War. Compare, contrast, and analyze post-war legislation, court decisions (including Plessy v. Ferguson), and a political cartoon by Thomas Nast to understand life in Jim Crow states. 


Students will be able to...

  • Identify the ways state and local governments restricted the freedoms and rights of African Americans.
  • Differentiate between legislation that helped and hurt African Americans between 1860 and the 1960’s.
  • Categorize Jim Crow laws based on primary documents.
  • Explain the effect of Jim Crow laws on the post-Civil War African American population.
  • Describe how the Plessy v. Ferguson case established the idea of “separate but equal.”
  • Distinguish between the resistance movements of Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois.