Teaching Critical Thinking Creatively
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With this activity, students will watch two videos that discuss three major Black thinkers of the Progressive Era – W.E.B. Du Bois, Ida B. Wells, and Booker T. Washington. Then, they will examine some quotes from those thinkers and determine which individual said which quote.
These individuals (except Washington) are also included within the Peacefield History stations activity about the Progressive Era. However, I felt that I wanted to have a lesson that offered a chance for students to delve more into the philosophy and frustrations of Black Progressives.
Black Progressives have often been held to the sideline of the Progressive movement. The racism of white Progressives and the lack of progress (there were no anti-lynching laws passed and segregation remained a constant) kept them on the sideline. Regardless, these individuals made incredibly important points about the Black experience in America. You can view more in the preview here. – Black Leaders of the Progressive Era
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