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ERIC Number: ED510116
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 30
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Educator's Guide to Two Towns of Jasper
Dow, Whitney; Williams, Marco
Facing History and Ourselves
In June 1998, news of a horrific murder outraged the nation and the world. Three white men chained James Byrd, Jr., a black man, to the back of a truck and dragged him to his death just outside Jasper, Texas. The crime took place at a time when many people believed that "America was moving beyond race." The crime shattered that notion. Or did it? How does race shape life in America today? What are the legacies of centuries of racism, discrimination, bigotry, and violence? Filmmakers Whitney Dow and Marco Williams traveled to Jasper with two crews--one white and the other black--to seek answers to those questions and more. The result is an extraordinary film that reveals the ways that race continues to separate a community in small ways and large. This study guide provides a structure for examining "Two Towns of Jasper" in the classroom. The readings and activities in the guide explore the way various individuals and groups responded to the crime and what those responses reveal about the community itself. The guide also encourages students to compare and contrast Jasper with their own community. The book is divided into three parts. Part one, PreView: History and Identity, includes the following readings: (1) Jasper, Texas; (2) "Color Lines Very Clearly Drawn"; and (3) "The Way It Was Supposed to Be". Part two, "Two Towns of Jasper", includes the following readings: (1) A Matter of Perspective; (2) A Matter of Leadership; (3) "Justice Is Served"; (4) Messages in Public Places and Civic Spaces; and (5) "Just a Normal Everyday Kid". Part three, Reflections, contains questions and a reading that encourage students to evaluate what they learned and how they might apply their insights to both their school and their community. (Contains 11 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: Ford Foundation
Authoring Institution: Facing History and Ourselves