F. Group 4: Growing up White/Black in the South

Group 3, 
Your job is to become an expert on what it was like to group up white and black in the South in the 1930s. Please read the links below and answer the questions. Be sure to read carefully because you will be teaching your classmates everything you know about what it was like to be white/black in the South.

"Growing up Black in the 1930s"
Things to think about while reading:
1. What does Mrs. Barge know about her ancestry? How does she talk about her family?
2. What were her and her family's living conditions like?
3. When was the first time she noticed a difference between the lives of black people and the lives of white people? From Mrs. Barge's account, what do you think is the most astounding difference?
4. What was school like for Mrs. Barge?
5. What kind of jobs were available to black people in the South?
6. Were black people allowed to vote?
7. Mrs. Barge clearly has a different opinion of white people than her father does. What does she say that proves this? How does her perception of white people differ from her father's? Why do you think that is?

"Growing up White in the 1930s"
Things to think about while reading:
1. What do these three ladies have in common about their ancestry? How do they talk about their families?
2. What were the three ladies living conditions like? 
3. What were these ladies' first experiences with black people? 
4. Did these white ladies ever play with their black peers?

Questions:
1. Please compare the three ladies' backgrounds from "Growing up White in the 1930s." How do their backgrounds differ from Mrs. Barge's background from "Growing up Black in the 1930s"? 
2. The ladies in "Growing up White in the 1930s" talk about what made a "good family" in the South. What do they say makes a "good family"? How do you think Mrs. Barge would describe a "good family"? Compare and contrast the three ladies' families to Mrs. Barges family, explain the similarities and differences. Based on your explanation, would Mrs. Barge's family be considered a "good family"? Why or why not?
3. List the occupations available to black women in the South in the 1930s according to Mrs. Barge's interview. How did these occupations influence Mrs. Barge's perception of white people? How did these occupations influence the perception of black people according to the three ladies' accounts from "Growing up White in the 1930s"? 
4. Mrs. Barge ends her interview on a positive note by saying "you shouldn't put people into categories." Make a prediction based on these interviews about how Calpurnia might feel about the Finches. Why? 
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