ERIC Number: ED468400
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
From Canterbury to Little Rock: The Struggle for Educational Equality for African Americans. Teaching with Historic Places.
Canterbury, Connecticut, and Little Rock, Arkansas, are links in a chain of events representing the struggle for equal educational opportunity for African Americans. Focusing on these two communities, this lesson plan highlights two important historic places and the role each played in testing the prevailing assumptions of the time regarding racial integration of schools. It also tells the story of conflict between the rule of law versus mob rule, and the importance of a free press in exposing social injustice. The lesson plan is based on Little Rock Central High School and the Prudence Crandall Museum. This lesson can be used to teach U.S. history units on 19th century reform movements (abolitionism), the civil rights movement, the history of U.S. education, African American history, and women's history. The lesson is divided into seven sections: (1) "About This Lesson"; (2) "Setting the Stage: Historical Context"; (3) "Locating the Site: Maps" (Eastern Half of the United States); (4) "Determining the Facts: Readings" (Prudence Crandall and the Canterbury Female Boarding Academy; All Eyes on Little Rock Central High School); (5) "Visual Evidence: Images" (Prudence Crandall Museum, exterior; Prudence Crandall Museum, exterior; Prudence Crandall Museum, front entry; Prudence Crandall Museum, northeast parlor; Little Rock Central High; Little Rock Central High, entrance; One of the 'Little Rock Nine' Braves a Jeering Crowd); (6) "Putting It All Together: Activities" (The Road to Educational Equality; From Canterbury to Little Rock; The History of Public Education in the Local Community); and (7) "Supplementary Resources." (RJC)
Descriptors: Black History, Blacks, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Equal Facilities, Geography, Heritage Education, Historic Sites, History Instruction, Intermediate Grades, Primary Sources, Secondary Education, Sex Discrimination, Social Studies, Student Rights, United States History
Teaching with Historic Places, National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service, 1849 C Street NW, Suite NC400, Washington, DC 20240. Tel: 202-208-6843. For full text: http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/crandall/crandall.htm.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: National Park Service (Dept. of Interior), Washington, DC. National Register of Historic Places.
Identifiers - Location: Connecticut