ERIC Number: ED430901
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Chicago's Black Metropolis: Understanding History through a Historic Place.
Danzer, Gerald A.
This lesson focuses on specific places in Chicago's Black Metropolis and analyzes the process by which buildings in that district become historic structures. The lesson is based on the National Register of Historic Places registration file "Black Metropolis Thematic Nomination" and other primary and secondary sources. The unit could be used when teaching early 20th-century urban history, especially the migration of African Americans to the city. The lesson helps students develop skills of historical thinking and reflect on the value of historic preservation. It encompasses the time period from 1900 to 1929. The lesson is divided into the following teaching activities sections: (1) "Setting the Stage: Historical Context"; (2) "Locating the Site: Maps" (major railroads, 1900, Black Metropolis, 1920's, historic places in the Black Metropolis today); (3) "Determining the Facts: Readings" (The Significance of Black Metropolis); (4) "Visual Evidence: Images" (The Engine of Progress; State Street, 1925; Monarch Tailors ad, 1929; Overton Hygienic Building; Chicago Bee Building); and (5) "Putting It All Together: Activities" (The Time Perspective; Creating a Historic Place; Nominating a Local Historic Place). (BT)
Descriptors: Black Culture, Black History, Built Environment, Historic Sites, History Instruction, Instructional Effectiveness, Material Culture, Metropolitan Areas, Secondary Education, Social Studies, United States History, Urban Environment
Teaching with Historic Places, National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service, 1849 C Street, N.W., Suite NC400, Washington, DC 20240; Web site: http:// www.cr.nps.gov/nr/twhp/www/ps/lessons/53black/53black.htm
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: National Register of Historic Places, Washington, DC. Interagency Resources Div.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois (Chicago)