Friday, June 22, 2012

Website Spotlight: Freedom Riders

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Introductory Note:

Welcome to one in a series of posts which spotlight quality websites that I use with my U.S. History survey course students at Azusa Pacific University to enrich the regular material in our learning modules.

In this post, I limit myself to those specific aspects of the website which I find fit particularly well within our face-to-face class sessions (each student is required to bring a laptop to class) or as the basis for the students' regularly-assigned written reactions.


I ask the students to work through the following links:

I. The Rides

Follow the stops on this excellent interactive map and read the captions for each screen.

II. The People

a. Freedom Riders

Ralph Abernathy

James Farmer

John Lewis

Joan Mulholland

James Peck

Jim Zwerg

b. Movement Leaders

Diane Nash

Fred Shuttlesworth

c. U.S. Federal Government

J.Edgar Hoover

Robert F. Kennedy

John Seigenthaler

d. Other Figures

Eugene "Bull" Connor

John Patterson

Howard K. Smith

III. The Issues

Jim Crow Laws

Slow Progress

The Solid South

The Cold War

The Media


Concluding Note:

I hope you will use this blog post in conjunction with both the modules on my Learning Professor wiki and the numerous other posts in my Website Spotlight series.

1. The website spotlighted in this post fits within the following U.S. History survey course module on the wiki:

2. The other blog posts in my Website Spotlight series--chronologically displayed by U.S. History survey course module-- can be found on this wiki page: 

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