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African Americans and the Populist Movement

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Why did the Populist Party fail to ally itself with African American farmers? To answer this essential question, class members investigate the Populist Era (188-1900) and read an article written by Tom Watson, a Populist leader.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Flip the lesson and have class members do the reading and respond to the worksheet out of class, saving class time for the discussion
Classroom Considerations
  • The fifth in a series of six resources that focus on the Civil Rights Movement
  • The resource presumes that a protocol for a safe and respectful discussion of politically-charged issues has been established
  • The seven-page packet includes background information, discussion questions, the article, and suggestions for additional activities
  • Some class members may find Watson's article difficult to read and may require a transcription of the text
Common Core