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Ku Klux Klan
American Experience: White Men Unite
Infoplease Encyclopedia: Ku Klux Klan
Jim Crow Stories: The Ku Klux Klan
Spartacus.co.uk: Ku Klux Klan
Eyewitness to History: Ku Klux Klan
The Jazz Age: The American 1920s - The Ku Klux Klan
Anti-Defamation League: Ku Klux Klan
Without Sanctuary: Photographs and Postcards of Lynching in America (Warning: graphic depictions of murder)
The Negro Holocaust: Lynching and Race Riots in the United States,1880-1950
Billie Holliday singing “Strange Fruit”
Author Profile: Harper Lee – from teenreads.com
Harper Lee – from the Encyclopedia of Alabam
Harper Lee Biography – from the Biography Channel
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American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936 – 1940
WPA Life Histories from Alabama: Manuscripts from the Federal Writer’s Project
New Deal - Photographs and images
New Deal Network – Extensive information about the Roosevelt administration and the New Deal
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A New Deal for Carbon Hill, Alabama: A Photographic Document
Alcohol, Temperance, and Prohibition – from Brown University – information and thousands of photos and images
American from the Great Depression to World War II: Black-and-White Photographs from the FSA-OWI 1935-1945
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Consumer Price Index - Use this chart to compute prices for the 1930's
Example - if you bought a gallon of gas for $2.50 last summer, what would it have cost in 1932?
Look up Consumer Price Index (CPI) on the chart for 1932 and 2008.
Using acalculator insert the figures into this formula :
2010 price x (1932 cpi / 2010 cpi) = 1932 price
$3.00 X (13.7 cpi / 219.7 cpi) = 1932 price
$3.00 (.0623) = $0.19 19 cents !
What is a dollar worth? If something cost $1.00 in 1930, what would it cost today? Use the calculator from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.
Jim Crow Laws – a list of actual laws grouped by category and state
“No colored barber shall serve as a barber to white women or girls.”
“It shall be unlawful for a negro and white person to play together or in company with each other at any game of pool or billiards.”
“Separate free schools shall be established for the education of children of African descent; and it shall be unlawful for any colored child to attend any white school, or any white child to attend a colored school.”
The History of Jim Crow ~ "An educator's site that presents teachers with new historical resources and teaching ideas on one of the most shameful periods in American history." The material includes essays, personal narratives, lesson plans, photographs and historical images, and maps and geographical perspectives on segregation in the United States from the 1870s through the 1950s. "Content was generated by a national collaboration of classroom teachers, working with professional historians."
The Murder of Emmett Till ~ Click on Segregation. Companion to a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) American Experience program about the 1955 murder of a northern black teenager after he whistled at a white woman in Mississippi. The site features a timeline, information about people and events (such as lynching in the United States), and related material.
Remembering Jim Crow ~ Scroll down for excerpts from interviews, sample Jim Crow laws, a bibliography, and links to related sites. This site is the companion to an American RadioWorks documentary about Jim Crow segregation in which "for much of the 20th Century, African Americans in the South were barred from the voting booth, sent to the back of the bus, and walled off from many of the rights they deserved as American citizens."
The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow ~ Click a Century of Segregation for an interactive timeline. Click Jim Crow Stories to see, hear and read video, images and primary documents. Also includes interactive maps. The online companion to the PBS documentary about the government-sanctioned racial oppression and segregation in the United States.
Scottsboro: An American Tragedy - Online companion to the acclaimed PBS documentary (of the same title) about the controversial 1931 Scottsboro, Alabama, court trial of nine young black men. Features a timeline of the event and subsequent trials (including Supreme Court decisions), a map, information on related people and events, documents and reactions taken from the time of the incident, a bibliography, links, and a teacher's guide. Also contains a transcript of the film and an interview with the film's cinematographer.
Scottsboro Boys: Nine Lives Overlooked, Lost - “In March 1931, two white women accused nine black teen-agers riding a hobo freight train of rape. The men were arrested near Scottsboro, Alabama, and put on trial. Eight were sentenced to death, despite flimsy testimony from the women, one of whom later recanted. The ninth, 13, got life in prison.” - Click on Trials, Players, and Interviews for information, primary sources, maps, and images. A documentary from CourtTV.
The Scottsboro Boys Trials ~ Extensive information, primary documents, and images surrounding the famous trials. Douglas O. Linder, University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Law
Scottsboro Case: “Opinion of Judge James F. Horton of the Alabama Circuit Court granting a motion for a new trial in the Scottsboro case on the ground that the conviction was against the weight of the evidence”