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Use these websites to locate information that helps you to answer your focus questions and media to include in your group's research presentation (images, sound files, or video).
Great Depression
Research Questions: What was the Great Depression? When and why did it happen?
How did the Great Depression affect farmers and sharecroppers? How did the Great Depression affect African Americans?

Great Depression (FactMonster)
Great Depression
- Click on the numbers or table of contents links to read each chapter (Awesome Stories)
Amistad Digital Resource: The Great Depression (Columbia University)
Impact of the Great Depression on African Americans
(Britannica)
An American Exodus: Displacement in the 1930's (University of Virginia)
The Great Depression (PBS)
Jump Back in Time: Great Depression (Library of Congress)
Great Depression and WW II: Overview Race Relations in the 1930's and 40's(Library of Congress Learning Page)
The Farmer's Plight | African Americans and the New Deal (Digital History)
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Sharecropping
Research Questions: What was sharecropping/tenant farming? When and why did sharecropping start?
How did sharecropping affect African American families?

Jim Crow Laws
Focus Questions: What were Jim Crow laws? What are some examples? Why were Jim Crow laws passed?
How did Jim Crow laws affect African Americans in the South?

Jim Crow Laws (FactMonster)
Remembering Jim Crow
- Includes oral history audio interviews and slideshows (American Radio Works)
What was Jim Crow? (Ferris State University)
Segregation and the Jim Crow Era (About.com)
Jim Crow Laws (National Park Service - National Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site)
White Only: Jim Crow in America / Jim Crow Laws (Smithsonian-National Museum of American History)
Interactive Map - Select Jim Crow Laws, then click Mississippi on the map (Educational Broadcasting Corporation)

Jim Crow - Includes photo gallery (Columbia University)
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Ku Klux Klan
Focus Questions: What was the Ku Klux Klan? When and where were KKK groups formed? What did the KKK do?
How did the Ku Klux Klan affect African Americans in the South?

Jim Crow Stories/Organizations: Ku Klux Klan (Educational Broadcasting Corporation)
Jim Crow Stories/Events: Ku Klux Klan (Educational Broadcasting Corporation)
Ku Klux Klan (Infoplease)
Ku Klux Klan (Digital History)
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Lynching
Focus Questions: What was lynching? When and where did lynchings occur? Why were African Americans lynched?
Lynching (Infoplease)
Interactive Map - Select Lynching, then scroll over Mississippi on the map (Educational Broadcasting System)
Lynching (Yale-New Haven Teachers' Institute)
Lynching Statistics: By State and Race; By Year; By Supposed Offense (University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law)
American Lynching: The Shocking History
Lynching in America (PBS American Experience)
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Plessy v. Ferguson
Focus Questions: What happened in the Plessy v. Ferguson Supreme Court case? What was the "separate but equal" policy established by the Plessy v. Ferguson court decision How did this court decision affect African Americans?

Jim Crow Stories: Plessy v. Ferguson - Includes video (Educational Broadcasting Corporation)
Plessy v. Ferguson: Legal Segregation (Awesome Stories)
Separate But Equal: The Law of the Land (Smithsonian National Museum of American History)
Today in History: May 18 - Plessy v. Ferguson - Includes primary source material (Library of Congress - American Memory)
Plessy v. Ferguson Supports Segregation - Includes primary source material (Library of Congress)
Supreme Court Landmark Cases: Plessy v. Ferguson (Educational Broadcasting Corporation)
Separate but Equal: Segregation in the Public Schools (University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law)
Plessy v. Ferguson Visual
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Brown v. Board of Education
Focus Questions: What happened in the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case? What were public schools in the South like for African American children before this court decision? How did this court decision affect African Americans?

Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka (BrainPop) Username/password required for home access.
Jim Crow Stories: Brown v. Board of Education (Educational Broadcasting Corporation)
Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education (Rossville Junior High School)
Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site (National Park Service)
"In Pursuit of Freedom and Social Equality" (Brown Foundation/National Park Service)
Civil Rights Law and History: Education
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Mildred D. Taylor (Author)
Focus Questions: How did Mildred D. Taylor learn about conditions for African American's in the South? How is the author's own family history reflected in her novels? What novels did she write about the Logan family? Who inspired these characters?

Author Spotlight: Mildred D. Taylor (Random House)
The Mississippi Writers' Page: Mildred D. Taylor (University of Mississippi)
Mildred Taylor (Think Network - Greater Dayton Public Television)
Mildred D. Taylor, Mississipi Writer
Biography of Mildred Taylor (GradeSaver)
Mildred D. Taylor (NovelGuides)
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