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The Color of Law: Developing the White Middle Class

This lesson is the third and final lesson of the series The Color of Law: The Role of Government in Shaping Racial Inequity. In this lesson, students examine policies that supported and cultivated the creation of the white middle class and the practices that excluded black and nonwhite people from economic development.
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Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
History
Economics
Social Justice Domain
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The Color of Law: Winners and Losers in the Job Market

This lesson is the second lesson of the series The Color of Law: The Role of Government in Shaping Racial Inequity. In this lesson, students examine how government policies helped white people access economic benefits while preventing African Americans from accessing these same benefits.
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Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
History
Economics
Social Justice Domain
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The Color of Law: Creating Racially Segregated Communities

This lesson is the first lesson of the series The Color of Law: The Role of Government in Shaping Racial Inequity. In this lesson, students examine the local, state and federal policies that supported racially discriminatory practices and cultivated racially segregated housing.
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Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
History
Economics
Social Justice Domain
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Charity and Justice: What’s the Difference?

This lesson has students distinguish between charity (volunteering in a soup kitchen) and justice (working to end the inequalities that make soup kitchens necessary). It asks students to think about root causes (inequality) versus symptoms (poverty that leads to the need for soup kitchens).
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Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
ELL / ESL
Social Justice Domain
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Indentured Servitude and Immigration

The lesson focuses on issues of immigration and on the problems and difficulties faced by immigrants as they wrestle with the dilemma of leaving their country due to economic conditions and other hardships. The lesson lets students experience how immigrants examine their current situation and deal with making the decision to immigrate to the United States.
Grade Level
Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
History
ELL / ESL
Social Justice Domain
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Labor Matters

Draw on your students' prior knowledge to help them understand the importance of the labor movement.
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Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
History
Economics
Social Justice Domain