“‘The Negroes’ Temporary Farewell,” Jim Crow and the Exclusion of African Americans from Congress, 1887–1929

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Despite some advances made during the Reconstruction Era following the Civil War, the period from 1887 through 1929, African Americans serving in Congress suffered severe setbacks due to Jim Crow Laws and voter suppression. Class members read a contextual essay that describes tactics that were used to exclude African Americans from Congress. Groups select a Black member of Congress to research, collect information about his life and congressional service and present their findings to the class.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Conduct the lesson and the rest of the series during February's Black History Month and/or during a study of the Reconstruction and Progressive eras
Classroom Considerations
  • Second of a seven-part series
  • Requires computers with internet access
  • The contextual essay is lengthy and slightly esoteric; consider providing a reading guide to keep readers focused and to support weaker readers
Pros
  • The four-page packet includes the lesson plan, discussion, reading comprehension, and critical thinking questions
  • Two options are offered for the main exercise: a cooperative activity and a hypothetical one
Cons
  • None