ERIC Number: EJ1071314
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
Using SOURCES to Examine the Nadir of Race Relations (1890-1920)
LaVallee, Carol; Waring, Scott M.
Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, v88 n4 p133-139 2015
The "nadir of race relations" is a term used by historians to describe the time period after Reconstruction, 1890-1920. During this time, African Americans were free; some argue, however, that it was a worse time than when these individuals were enslaved (Brundage 1990; Woodward 2002). There is a debate whether this time period ultimately had a positive or negative effect on the newly freed slaves (Gilmore 2008). In this article, the authors outline a method for using a variety of primary sources from the Library of Congress to focus on the question: "To what extent did the end of slavery improve the lives of African Americans in the South?"
Descriptors: Racial Relations, African Americans, Slavery, United States History, Information Sources, History Instruction, Social Studies, Critical Reading, Research Skills, Primary Sources
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