The Civil Rights Act of 1964 – Titles II and III: The Right to Go Where You Want

We’re publishing a series of blog posts that look at different facets of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and bring forward primary source items that help students engage with different issues addressed by the Act. Today we focus on Titles II – Injunctive Relief Against Discrimination in Places of Public Accommodation and III – Desegregation of Public Facilities.

Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn: Controversy at the Heart of a Classic

The book has also appeared on the AP Literature and Composition test fifteen times between 1980 and 2013. Despite the controversies, the novel has remained a staple in high school literature study because teachers seek to engage students with texts that provoke discussion and questions. Primary sources from the Library of Congress can help deepen students’ thinking around the issues central to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and other literary works.

12 Years a Slave: Primary Sources on the Kidnapping of Free African Americans

Currently 12 Years a Slave, the film version of the true story of Solomon Northup, is showing in theaters. His account is a powerful one: A free African American, Northup was kidnapped in 1841 and taken from New York to Washington, D.C., then to New Orleans, where he was sold into twelve years of slavery. A study of primary sources from the Library of Congress indicates that Northrup’s experience was far from unique.

Looking Behind the March on Washington: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Civil Rights Movement, and Labor in Primary Sources

Would your students be willing to march for something they believed in? On August 28, 1963 more than 250,000 people came to the Reflecting Pool and the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

Jackie Robinson: Remembering Number 42 with Primary Sources

Baseball still holds a special place in the culture of the United States. As this year’s season opened around the nation’s capital we began to see more and more people wearing baseball caps, shirts and jackets with their team’s favorite logo. Though baseball has been a part of the culture of the United States for many years, not all were allowed to play in the major leagues.