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Jim Crow

Jim Crow

Discussion & Essay Questions

Available to teachers only as part of the Teaching Jim Crow in AmericaTeacher Pass

Teaching Jim Crow in America Teacher Pass includes:

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Sample of Discussion & Essay Questions


  1. Culture in Jim Crow in America
    • Are you shocked by these accounts of public torture and lynching?
      • If not, why not?
      • If so, what do you find most shocking? (the methods? the audience? the atmosphere? the quasi-official character of the proceedings?)
    • Do you think the author is correct in linking the film and these events? 
    • Is there a “power of fiction?” 
    • What is the relationship between cultural expressions (film, television, literature, perhaps video games) and actual events? Do they encourage, model, sanction similar behavior?
    • In 1915, educated and high-minded viewers praised Birth of a Nation. Today, we condemn the film’s historical inaccuracy and racist message. What contemporary cultural expression will future generations condemn in similar fashion? 
    • Is there a movie, television show, song, or video game that future analysts will criticize and perhaps cite as a contributor to current social problems