What Would You Do? Scenario: Segregation

Young African American men at the start of World War II faced a dilemma: they could fight the racism of the Nazis but only by enlisting in a racist Army. Scholars consider this situation as they study the life of a man who in 1941 was turned away by the Army because he was African American. A video prompt profiles the life of the solider and includes a provocative discussion starter.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Offer the video and discussion as an opening activity for a lesson on African Americans during World War II or the beginnings of the modern Civil Rights Movement
  • Create a continuum debate to further discuss the themes in the video
Classroom Considerations

  • Fits within the larger War in Europe resource series

  • Activity is brief and works in a variety of larger lesson plans
  • Resource makes clear the connections between World War II and the modern Civil Rights Movement, making it useful for a variety of instructional approaches

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