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Freedom's Main Line

One of the earliest assaults on segregated transit in the South occurred in Louisville, Ky., in 1870-71. There, the city’s black community organized a successful protest that relied on nonviolent direct action, a tactic that would give shape to the modern civil rights movement nearly a century later.
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Maria Fleming
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Civics
History
Social Justice Domain
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Home Was a Horse Stall

On December 7, 1941 Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and prompted the United States to enter World War II. While many Americans were concerned about the war abroad, they were also paranoid about the “threat” of Japanese Americans at home. As a result, many Japanese Americans were forced into internment camps on American soil.
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Teaching Tolerance Staff
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Civics
History
Geography
Social Justice Domain
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Literature

For My People

In 1942, "For My People" won the Yale Series of Younger Poets award, and Margaret Walker became one of the youngest black writers to have published poetry in the 20th century. Her poem makes tangible the African American struggle, yet also brings to the forefront a hope for all people to "rise and take control" during a dark period in American history.
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Margaret Walker
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Civics
History
Economics
Geography
Social Justice Domain
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“We Lived in a Bubble”

Elizabeth MacQueen is the sculptor of Four Spirits, a monument built to memorialize the four girls killed in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church. In her memoir, she discusses how the project revealed to her how sheltered she had been as a child growing up in Birmingham.
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Elizabeth MacQueen
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I Investigate Lynchings

Undercover, Walter White investigates an African-American woman's lynching in a rural Georgia town. White uses his Southern accent to keep suspicion at bay during a conversation with a general manager, whom he believes to be the lynch-mob leader.
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Walter White
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Civics
History
Geography
Social Justice Domain
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Race Matters

Adam Liptak details a recent affirmative action case before the U.S. Supreme Court. He also looks at affirmative action's history, the debates around the policy and considers possible effects of the Court's ruling.
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Adam Liptak
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Civics
History
Social Justice Domain