The Reconstruction Era and The Fragility of Democracy

Type: Book – Teaching Guides     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Readings, film clips and primary documents to engage students in a deep study of the Reconstruction era.

Transportation Protests: 1841 to 1992

Type: Article     Grade Level: 5-6, 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Examples of protests of discrimination on transportation from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Freedom’s Main Line: Louisville, Kentucky 1870-1871

Type: Article     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12


Type: Book Fiction     Grade Level: 5-6, 7-9
This middle school chapter book offers a chance to learn an untold story of Reconstruction that was a precursor to the Great Migration.

Freedom’s Unfinished Revolution

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Primary documents and analysis for middle school to adult on the untold yet vital history of the Reconstruction era in the United States.

Lynch Law in America

Type: Article     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
This text is excerpted from “The Reason Why the Colored American Is Not in the World’s Columbian Exposition,” a pamphlet prepared by Ida B. Wells-Barnett in August 1893 at the time of the Columbian Exposition (World’s Fair).

The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch

Type: Book – Picture Book     Grade Level: 2-4, 5-6
Chris Barton. Illustrated by Don Tate. 2015. An introduction for upper elementary students to the Reconstruction era in U.S. history through the true story of Congressman Roy Lynch from Natchez, Mississippi.

Zinn Education Project

Type: Website     Grade Level: 2-4, 5-6, 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Lessons and other resources for K-12 for teaching peoples history.
Reconstructing Democracy

Reconstructing Democracy: Grassroots Black Politics in the Deep South After the Civil War

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Justin Behrend, 2015. Story of African-Americans in Mississippi after the Civil War.

Gallery Walk on the History of Education in Mississippi Through the Lens of Race

Type: Lesson     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Gallery walk on the history of education and race in Mississippi.

DOVE - Desegregation of Virginia Education

Type: Website     Grade Level: 10-12
Website with collections about the history of Virginia's school desegregation process.

Defining the Struggle: National Organizing for Racial Justice, 1880-1915

Type: Book – Non Fiction     Grade Level: Adult
Susan D. Carle, 2013 Vital history of late 19th and early 20th century organizing that laid the groundwork for modern Civil Rights Movement.

101 Changemakers: Rebels and Radicals Who Changed US History

Type: Book – Biographies     Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12
Student-friendly profiles of people who have fought for social justice in U.S. history. By Michele Bolling and Dao X. Tran.

Crossing Bok Chitto: A Choctaw Tale of Friendship and Freedom

Type: Book Fiction     Grade Level: 2-4
Tim Tingle, 2008 A picture book that highlights rarely discussed intersections between Native Americans in the South and African Americans in bondage.