Dear Students and Parents,
The history of African-Americans in the United States extremely important and influential to the way America is shaped today. African-American’s have a very sad and heart-wrenching history that almost no other culture has endured. The transformation from such an oppressed society in slavery to the accomplishment of political activists and social reforms has made African-American history so unique and incredible.
To coincide with Mr. B’s lessons on Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird, we will separate our history lessons in to two sections. The first lesson will be Pre-1930s, which is the time before Harper Lee’s birth. The second lesson covers Post-1930s, the time of the Civil Rights Movements in America and the events that were happening in Harper Lee’s society.
On the page below, you will find the PowerPoints we discuss in class as well as other helpful links and tools to help further knowledge on African-American history. An example of the Timelines we have done in class is also attached. The "Civil Rights" page gives a more detailed PowerPoint of our lessons and a couple of examples of contemporary Civil Rights Movements.
Remember to follow the readings from our homework in order for you to understand what we discuss in class completely. The readings are from our The Americas textbook.
This is such an incredibly important part of not only American society, but also human society as a whole. It is important to understand this history and how it affected Harper Lee. Keep in mind the events we discuss while you go over the literature lessons with Mr. B.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email me at
Ms. Duignan

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PowerPoints from class:
Pre-1930s -

Post 1930s -

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Helpful Links:
African American History Timeline:
- This website helped guide a major portion of the lesson

Library of Congress Political Cartoons:

The PowerPoint below is a more elaborate PowerPoint than given in class as it gives more specific details of both Pre-1930s and Post-1930s African-American History. In addition, the PowerPoint also includes contemporary civil rights movements.