UPFRONT: Great Migration



The Great Migration and its impact on American society

  1. The introduction of this article is the Southern exodus through the eyes of one man. Why do you think this was included in the article?
  2. We have covered several aspects of Jim Crow. It’s understood the South — turn of the century — was not for black people. What did northern cities have to offer?
  3. The Chicago Defender
  4. Describe the social and political impact of the Great Migration.
  5. Life in the north was not without bigotry and violence. Describe some of the examples of discrimination blacks faced in the north.

Collinwood Final: Study Guide

Here are the two questions in the writing section of your final exam. You will be choosing ONE of these for a short essay. My advice: Put some time into preparing an outline and getting right with concrete information and examples to demonstrate your knowledge.

CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT: Describe the period between Reconstruction and the Civil Rights Movement that was Jim Crow. What are examples of Jim Crow laws and ways that rights — including voting — were denied? Next, explain the role grassroots activism and TV played in bringing about change. Cite examples.


VIETNAM: Explain how the U.S. became involved in Vietnam and why the government continued to escalate the war knowing it was unwinnable. Account for what made this such a difficult war and opposition to the war at home.

Emmett Till case revisisted

Emmett Till story from UPFRONT

  1. What happened to Till and what revelations about the story have come to light?
  2. How pervasive (widespread) were lynchings during early 20th century?
  3. Read through the section that describes the Jim Crow South. What does the quote: “The Jim Crow system could not have existed without violence,” mean?
  4. “There is an astonishing absence of any effort to acknowledge, discuss, or address lynching. There are very few monuments or memorials that address the history and legacy.”  Why do you think many Southern cities have denied or tried to erase these atrocities from their history?
  5. What has LaGrange, Georgia done to acknowledge this troubling part of the past?