Fannie Lou Hamer and the Civil Rights Movement in Rural Mississippi

Good primary resources, offering different perspectives on important issues and events, are hard to find. A packet of 12 primary source images, videos, audio recordings, records, and newspaper articles related to the 1960s civil rights work of Fannie Lou Hamer, reveal her significance and the importance of her contributions.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Assign groups different sources, have them research its significance, and present their findings to the whole class
  • Include a study of Hamer in a unit on the Civil Rights Movement or during Women's History Month
Classroom Considerations
  • If groups have access to computers equipped with the internet, save printing costs, and load the packet on these devices
  • Included with the primary source set is an overview that provides background information and a teaching guide with discussion questions and activities
  • None