Unit 6 - Progress at What Cost? / The Changing Face of America
- Unit Question - Progress at what cost? When should society control individuals? How are diverse cultures alike and different?
- Historical Context - Reconstruction, Immigration, Industrialization, Urbanization, Great Migration, Labor Unions
- Final Assessment – Unit Exam - Progress at What Cost? / The Changing Face of America
June 19, 1865
What is Juneteenth?
June 19, 1865
What is Juneteenth?
Review / Discussion Questions:
- When do the first Africans come to North America?
- What is the difference between African American history and US history?
- What years did the Civil War take place?
- What is the Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation? What year was it ordered? What were its limitations?
- What is Juneteenth? Is it a new holiday? Should it be a national holiday? Is it African American independence day?
- Historically an African American holiday from Texas, slowly it has expanded north. How should white Americans all other Americans celebrate Juneteenth?
- Is it an obligation for African Americans to teach the importance of Juneteenth?
Each year around June 19, Black communities across the country unite for a family reunion of sorts. Juneteenth activities feature the sights and sounds of Blackness: People enjoying art, music and food that connect them to a shared ancestry and history. They celebrate being their authentic selves. They celebrate freedom in both solemn and festive ceremonies. This celebration marks a day in 1865 when enslaved Texans learned they’d be free—two months after Robert E. Lee surrendered and ended the Civil War and two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Initially a uniquely Texan observance, Juneteenth has now been recognized in some form in every corner of the country. Read more: Learning for Justice: Juneteenth
Reconstructing America (The Start of The Reconstruction Era)
Reconstructing America Questions
- Why did Lincoln believe he had the power over the act of reconstruction?
- What were the key points of Lincoln’s 10% Plan?
- In 1864, in response to Lincoln’s plan, Congress proposed their own plan for Reconstruction. What is the Wade-Davis Bill? What did Lincoln do?
- How did Johnson’s Reconstruction Plan differ from Lincoln’s? How was it the same?
- What did Congress expect the Freedmen’s Bureau to accomplish? How long did the law intend for the Bureau to stay in business? USE: African American Records - The Freedmen Bureau
- Why do you think it was decided that the Freedmen's Bureau needed whites to govern? USE: History.com - The Freedmen Bureau
- List at least five (5) Black Codes. USE: The Black Codes Defined
- Why did white Southerners believe that a separate code of laws applying only to “persons of color” was necessary? USE: The Black Codes Defined
- Northerners protested that the Black Codes of South Carolina and other Southern states attempted to restore slavery. Do you agree or disagree? Why? USE: Slavery by Another Name - Black Codes - PBS Video
- In layman’s (basic) terms, what did the Civil Rights Act of 1866 legislate? USE: The Civil Rights Act of 1866
- What are the political and Constitutional consequences of Congress having a 2/3-majority vote?
- What were the 4 key points to the Congress’s Reconstruction Act? USE: BlackPast: Reconstruction Acts of 1867 and/or Facing History: The Reconstruction Acts
- The Black Codes Defined
- The Civil Rights Act of 1866
- BlackPast: Reconstruction Acts of 1867
- Facing History: The Reconstruction Acts
- Khan Academy: Failure of Reconstruction Video Lesson
- PBS: Reconstruction (Video Part 1)
- PBS: Reconstruction (Video Part 2)
- History.com: Black Leaders During Reconstruction
- Slavery by Another Name - Black Codes - PBS Video
- CRASH COURSE: Reconstruction
- PBS: Jim Crow's Literacy Test (Examples Included)
Time for Change: Let’s find an old military hero like
George Washington, I mean Ulysses S. Grant
Read pages 28-48 in your Reconstructing America mini-book and answer the Time for Change: ...Ulysses S. Grant questions in your COMP books:
1) Who was the leader of the Radical Republicans? What was Thaddeus Stevens opinion of Abraham Lincoln and his enemy Andrew Johnson and their individual plans for Reconstruction?
2) Was Thaddeus Stevens too radical or in other words too far ahead of his time?
3) Who were the carpetbaggers? How did this add to the problems in the South? Give one positive example [Hint: p.36-39]
4) What is sharecropping? Is sharecropping a new form of slavery? [Hint: p.44-48]
5) What economic problems did President Grant inherit upon his election? How did he attempt to solve these problems?
6) Why is it that by President's Grant second term major criticism of his cabinet is wide-spread North and South, East and West?
7) What is the legacy of Grant's presidency?
- U of Virginia Grant's Impact & Legacy
- Bio.com: Ulysses S. Grant
- Bio.com: Ulysses S. Grant - General to Politician
- History Channel: Grant's Troubled Presidency
- The Presidents: Number 18 Ulysses S. Grant
BONUS: How does U.S. Grant get that awesome nickname (left)? Read: Civil War Trust-Ulysses S. Grant: The Myth
"Hero of Appotomax"
"Usless S. Grant"
"Let Us Have Peace"
Ulysses S. Grant
Courtesy of M.K. Clancy (class of 2017)
Courtesy of Sasha Irivarren (class of 2021)
Courtesy of Noa Tschoe (class of 2021)
North or South:
Who Killed Reconstruction? Second Civil War?
Some historians have suggested that the time period known as Reconstruction was really the Second Civil War and that it was the fault of the North for their neglect or refusal to solve the problems of slavery and the Black Codes. Check out this website for more information:
- What do you think? Should the failures of Reconstruction be considered the Second Civil War?
- Who deserves the blame? North or South? You must decide and be able and willing to debate!
Who Killed Reconstruction Resources:
- North or South - Who Killed Reconstruction - Mini DBQ [Copyright Restricted - printed in class] (classwork or homework)
- Khan Academy: Failure of Reconstruction Video Lesson
- KKK Activities Letter-Death of Reconstruction WS.docx (classwork or homework)
- History Channel: The KKK Video (Introduction)
- BlackPast: The Colfax Massacre of 1873
- History Channel: Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921
- Anti-Defamation League: Hate Symbols Database
The Compromise of 1877 (The End of Reconstruction)
The war is over and a central element of the Southern economy--slavery--has been abolished. As former slaves demand wages and former masters strive to maintain profits, an inherently unfair system of sharing labor and land develops known as sharecropping (above left). If you think Reconstruction couldn't get any worse under President U.S. Grant, then I am sorry but think again. The election of 1876, the Compromise of 1877, and Presidency of Rutherford B. Hayes will end all Reconstruction efforts of the Radical Republicans.
- What would the end of Reconstruction mean for African-Americans? See Who Killed Reconstruction Resources above
- What is the meaning of the images below?
Reconstruction Study Guide
- Lincoln’s 10% Plan
- Wade-Davis Bill
- Andrew Johnson’s (10%) Plan
- Andrew Johnson’s Impeachment
- Congress Overrides Johnson
- Civil Rights Act
- Freedmen’s Bureau
- 14th Amendment
- Reconstruction Act
- Command of Army Act
- Tenure of Office Act
- Ulysses S. Grant
- Sharecropping & Tenant Farming
- 15th Amendment
- 40 Acres and a Mule
- Collapse of Reconstruction
- Ku Klux Klan
- Enforcement Acts
- Civil Rights Act of 1875
- Democrats Redeem South
- Compromise of 1877
Hell on Wheels:
Stories of the Transcontinental Railroad
Read p. 58-67 in your Reconstructing America mini book and then answer Hell on Wheels: Transcontinental Railroad questions in your COMP books:
- What was the perception or opinion of the Transcontinental Railroad? Meaning did people view this as a good thing for this nation or something that exploited the immigrants and the working man of our country?
- Why did the Chinese and Irish immigrant populations come here and work the railroads?
- Name three positives that came out of the Transcontinental Railroad and industrialization?
- Name three negatives that came out of the Transcontinental Railroad and industrialization?
- What was Homestead Act? Who did it benefit?
- Why does the government set up competition between the two railways?
- What is the experience of Native Americans when meeting the railroad? What does the government plan to do to protect settlers from Native Americans?
Hell on Wheels:
Stories of the Transcontinental Railroad Resources:
- Homestead History - Uncle Sam is Rich Enough to Us all a Farm - Article WS.doc (classwork)
- Charlie Brown explains the Transcontinental Railroad (Video)
- Chinese-American Contribution Transcontinental Railroad
- PBS: The West Perspectives
- PBS: Photo Gallery: Building the Transcontinental Railroad
- PBS: Flash Interactive: The Race to Utah!
- CRASH COURSE: Industrial Economy
- CRASH COURSE: Westward Expansion
- History.com: Heartland [Transcontinental Railroad] (Video)
- The Transcontinental Railroad (AMAZING AMERICAN HISTORY DOCUMENTARY)
- The Vanderbilts - An American Dynasty (Full Documentary)
- Chicago Tribune: Reintroducing the Bison (Video & Article)
The "Golden Spike" (also known as "The Last Spike") is the ceremonial final spike driven by Leland Stanford to join the rails of the First Transcontinental Railroad across the United States connecting the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads on May 10, 1869, at
Promontory Summit, Utah Territory.
Best (or Worst) of the West
Hollywood has made all of the following outlaws and entertainers famous or infamous depending on one's perception. Some of these stories became part of the American folklore (see Dime Novels below). Your assignment is to pick an outlaw or entertainer or area of your interest below, answer the following questions. Remember the good stories because you will be teaching! If there is a Wild West outlaw that you are interested in researching that didn't make this list, like the Apache Kid, then just ask or email Mr. Streit and odds are it will be fine!
- Hatfield and McCoys: Hatfield & McCoys feud (Not the Wild West, but an amazing story I had to fit in somewhere)
- Billy the Kid: About Billy the Kid website
- Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid: Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid story
- John Wesley Hardin: John Wesley Hardin: Austin Chronicle
- Jesse James & the James-Younger Gang: James-Younger Gang website
- Wyatt Earp: Wyatt Earp and the OK Corral website
- Buffalo Bill: William F. Cody "Buffalo Bill" website (More of a showman than an outlaw, but certainly interesting)
- Annie Oakley Annie Oakley (Our first female to make the list, not an outlaw but an amazing showman)
- Wild Bill Hickok: Wild Bill Hickok story
- Geronimo: Geronimo: His story
- Tom Horn: Tom Horn's Story website
- Isom Dart (Ned Huddleston, Black Fox, Calico Cowboy, & Black Cowboy): BlackPast: Isom Dart
- Bonnie & Clyde: Bonnie and Clyde about.com (Not the Wild West, but an amazing story I had to fit in somewhere)
Best (or Worst) of the West Questions:
- How does your outlaw or entertainer become so famous? Give us the good stories!
- What was their childhood like? Why did they decide on a life of crime or entertainment?
- How does your outlaw/entertainer's story end?
- How is your outlaw connected to the Westward Expansion (Manifest Destiny), The Civil War, the Transcontinental Railroad, the Homestead Act, or Industrialization (Gilded Age)? Explain at least one.
- Should your outlaw/entertainer be remembered as famous or infamous? Why?
- Document: Best (or Worst) of the West (small group - classwork)
- PBS: American Experience - The Wild West (Video Collection)
- 25 Most Notorious Outlaws VIDEO
- AHC: Outlaws & Gunslingers (Full Documentary)
- Ken Burns The West website
- Newberry Library: Dime Novels Online Collection Access
The End of Native American Uprisings
“I Will Fight No More, Forever”, Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce
Read p. 80-88 in your Reconstructing America mini-book and answer The End of Native American Uprising questions in your COMP books:
- The movement West by Americans whether by false ideologies like Manifest Destiny, or the Gold Rush, or the Transcontinental Railroad, or the Homestead Act created what problems for Native Americans?
- What problems arose by Native Americans being forced to live together on reservations?
- What did the Plains Indians depend on to survive? Why?
- What was General Sherman's "final solution" to the Indian problem?
- Why did the Native Americans call African Americans the "Buffalo Soldiers"?
- What was the result of the Battle of Little Big Horn?
- What was the result of Wounded Knee?
- Why did the Indian policeman kill Sitting Bull?
- What was the Ghost Dance Movement? Why did this movement strike fear in the U.S. government?
- Can a modern, industrial country protect native peoples and the natural environment?
Grattan Incident Gravesite
Tragedy of Wounded Knee
The Real Question
The Real Question: So when does the U.S. government policy change from moving the Native American tribes to the west, then reservations, and to finally a policy of extinction?
I suggest the policy starts (see gravesite image above)
here: Grattan Incident/Conquering Bear, but you will select from the list below.
HW: The Real Question - Use the following links (select one) to answer The Real Question and decide for yourself, but you MUST decide and be prepared to discuss. In other words, when in history does this policy of extinction (genocide) become official?:
American Indian Wars (During the 1600s)
Then and Now
The Life of Native Americans
About 5.2 million Native Americans live in the United States, and 22% of those live on Native American Reservations. Reservations are large areas of land governed only by Native American tribes; the federal government has little control in these areas. Reservations have existed since 1830, although they have changed in size and location since then. Read more: Common Lit - Life on Reservations
Directions: You will be responsible for reading (1 text set that includes two texts) and discussing the texts with your group. While you read, use this World Cafe - Notecatcher - Then and Now The Life of Native Americans to help you remember ideas you want to bring up in your discussion. When you discuss the articles, use the discussion questions to guide your conversations.
1. In the context of the text (s), how has America changed over time? How have the United States’ relations with Native Americans evolved? Have they improved?
2. In the context of the text(s), what can we learn from tragedy? Why are personal accounts important to better understand tragic events in history?
3. How does the text(s) reinforce the idea that further change is needed?
World Cafe - Note-Catcher
Text Set 1 (Blue)
Text Set 2 (Green)
Text Set 3 (Orange)
Refer to Discussion Questions
Modern Day Text
Refer to Discussion Questions
An Immigrants Journey - Passenger Search
- estimated 300,000 Chinese
- estimated 200,000 Japanese
Learn more: Angel Island Conservatory
also had to show that they were not criminals and had some
- From 1892-1924, 17 million immigrants passed through Ellis Island’s facilities
Gilded Age & Immigration
"What is the chief end of man?-to get rich. In what way?-dishonestly if we can; honestly if we must."
- Mark Twain, 1871
Introduction: During the "Gilded Age," every man was a potential Andrew Carnegie, and Americans who achieved wealth celebrated it as never before. In New York, the opera, the theatre, and lavish parties consumed the ruling class' leisure hours. Sherry's Restaurant hosted formal horseback dinners for the New York Riding Club. Mrs. Stuyvesant Fish once threw a dinner party to honor her dog who arrived sporting a $15,000 diamond collar.
While the rich wore diamonds, many wore rags. In 1890, 11 million of the nation's 12 million families earned less than $1200 per year; of this group, the average annual income was $380, well below the poverty line. Rural Americans and new immigrants crowded into urban areas. Tenements spread across city landscapes, teeming with crime and filth. Americans had sewing machines, phonographs, skyscrapers, and even electric lights, yet most people labored in the shadow of poverty.
To those who worked in Carnegie's mills and in the nation's factories and sweatshops, the lives of the millionaires seemed immodest indeed. An economist in 1879 noted "a widespread feeling of unrest and brooding revolution." Violent strikes and riots wracked the nation through the turn of the century. The middle class whispered fearfully of "carnivals of revenge." For immediate relief, the urban poor often turned to political machines. During the first years of the Gilded Age, Boss Tweed's Tammany Hall provided more services to the poor than any city government before it, although far more money went into Tweed's own pocket. Corruption extended to the highest levels of government. During Ulysses S. Grant's presidency, the president and his cabinet were implicated in the Credit Mobilier, the Gold Conspiracy, the Whiskey Ring, and the notorious Salary Grab. Europeans were aghast. America may have had money and factories, they felt, but it lacked sophistication. When French prime minister Georges Clemenceau visited, he said the nation had gone from a stage of barbarism to one of decadence -- without achieving any civilization between the two. Read more here: Americas Library: Gilded Age
Captains of Industry (plus Ford)
The Transcontinental railroad made this country one, helped industries grow, and ruined the lives of Native Americans. The Transcontinental railroad also gave birth to many different industries, the start of the "Gilded Age", and unimaginable wealth for the Captains of Industry or Robber Barons depending on your perception. So who are these Captains?
Look left! Discover below!
- Carnegie’s Publication: The Gospel of Wealth
- Carnegie Speaks: A Recording of the Gospel of Wealth (Audio)
- NPR: Carnegie’s Libraries (with Audio)
- Carnegie’s Libraries
- Homestead Strike in 1892
- Andrew Carnegie’s Ode to Steelmaking (Poem)
- Carnegie: Medal of Excellence
- Bio.com: Andrew Carnegie - Wealthy & Wise (Video)
- Ford: Henry Ford Summary
- Bio.com: Henry Ford (Video)
- History.com: Henry Ford (Video)
- Henry Ford Describes the First Assembly Line—Essay
- Ford’s Letter of Apology for his Pamphlets Entitled The "International Jew"
- Ford: Pictures of Assembly Line
- All That's Interesting: Henry Ford Pioneered Modern Industry & Anti-Semite
- Biography Dictionary: Edsel (son) Ford Facts
Gilded Age on the Back of Immigrants -
Read p.95-110 in your Reconstructing America mini-book, but you will need the websites above and below to answer all of the Gilded Age on the Back of Immigrants-The Questions in your COMP books:
- How do the Captains of Industry help shape the "Gilded Age"?
- Which of these men do you believe to be the most influential for their time? Before you answer what does influential mean?
- How did railroads change American society, politics, and economy in the post-Civil War era?
- Many historians believe that the election of 1896 was the most critical election of the post-Civil War years. Do you agree with this assessment? How did the election change American politics?
- How did the Captains of Industry help develop a time period of urbanization? What consequences did this urban revolution have on politics, the economy, and society? Read this: American History: The American Worker
- What title do you prefer Captains of Industry or Robber-Barons? Why? Can't decide? Read this: Edsitement: The Industrial Age in America: Robber Barons and Captains of Industry
- Who was William Macy Tweed? What was his problem Alfred Ely Beach? How was it resolved? [HINT. Book p. 95-99]
- What is Mark Twain's real name? Why did he change it? [HINT: Book p.105]
Immigrants Speak Up!
I killed President McKinley because I done my duty.
I didn't believe one man should have so much service and another man should have none...
Read p. 111-122 in your Reconstructing America mini book and answer the Immigrants Speak Up! questions in your COMP books:
- Where is Carl Schurz from? He famously declared that he was an _________ man?
- Germans were only second to in numbers to the Irish immigrants. Why did so many Irish immigrants come to this country prior to the Civil War?
- In the half century after the Civil War how many immigrants come to the United States? Why?
- What was Jacob Riis' first purchase upon his arrival in New York?
- Why did many Americans want to end immigration?
- What were the policies of the Know-Nothing Party?
- How did the ancient teachings of Confucius disagree with the policies of the Captains of Industry and Big Business?
- What was the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and what political party was responsible for it?
- What is connection between immigration and the America Strikes Out graph (below)?
The Antitrust Movement
Taking down the Captains! Was it jealousy of power or the honest protection of the people?
To understand the Captains of Industry's argument against legislation, you must understand the theory of Social Darwinism: All About Science: Social Darwinism. Now read The Antitrust Movement Article WS.docx and then answer The Antitrust Movement questions in your COMP books:
- Explain why John D. Rockefeller was "an agent for better and worse" in American history?
- Do you agree with the Supreme Court's decision in 1911 that the Standard Oil Trust had violated the Sherman Antitrust Act? Why or why not?
- In 1911, the Supreme Court ruled that only monopolies "unreasonably" restraining trade were illegal. Today, do you think that all monopolies should be illegal? Why or why not?
- What was the major motivation of the U.S. Government and U.S. Supreme Court? Meaning, were the laws and court cases against the captains motivated by jealousy or the protection of people?
Still confused? Watch this: AP US History Project: The Antitrust Movement
Directions: Open the book Riis: How the Other Half Lives, select from one of the following chapters, complete How the Other Half Lives WS, and be prepared to discuss with in small groups and as a class.
- Genesis of the Tenement
- The Awakening
- The Color Line in New York
- The Italian in New York
- The Man with the Knife
- The Problem of the Children
- Waifs of the City's Slums
- The Reign of Rum
You Decide: Washington or Du Bois?
During the early Progressive Era, two African American leaders dominated the debate over the best course for racial advancement in America, Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois.
Who had the better vision for improving the conditions of African Americans in the early 1900s?
Read the following documents to answer the following questions:
1) What was the impact of Plessy v. Ferguson?
2) Who was the only Supreme Court justice to speak out against the decision?
3) Why did Booker T. Washington suggest that African-Americans should accept segregation?
4) What does Booker T. Washington mean by, “Water, water we die of thirst! Cast down your bucket where you are."?Read: Yale Teachers Institute: Washington vs. Du Bois article
BONUS: What did W.E.B. Du Bois think about The Name "Negro"?
The Progressive Era & Teedie (TR)
Read p. 130-133 & 139-151 in your new Age of Extremes mini-book and answer The Progressive Era & Teedie (TR) questions in your COMP books:
- What made Ida Tarbell a prominent muckraker?
- What made or allowed for S.S. McClure's newspapers and writers to become so successful and progressive?
- What problems did Lincoln Steffens highlight? What did he mean by "advocacy journalism"?
- What new or progressive technology came out of this time known as the Progressive Age?
- How progressive was this time for the normal farmers and regular people in the urban cities? Explain.
- During the later part of the Gilded Age and start of the Progressive Era most Americans became part of a growing middle class. What defines a middle class? [NOTE: Not a simple answer, but try to define anyways]
- What made the Populist Party so popular? What did they want? What did they ignore?
- Why is Theodore Roosevelt considered the first Progressive President?
- Explain the life "Teedie" grew up in.
- What happened to Theodore Roosevelt on February 14th, 1884?
- In your opinion, when does the image on p.148 (also left) become real regarding Mr. Roosevelt?
- What muckrakers influenced Theodore Roosevelt?
Imperialism & The Spanish-American War
Read p.152-157 in your Age of Extremes mini-book and answer the Imperialism & Spanish-American War questions in your COMP books:
- What were the last colonies of Spain? Why did Spain cling onto them so tightly?
- What is "Yellow Journalism"?
- What was the impact of the sinking of the U.S.S. Maine (picture right)? Who was really responsible? Did it matter?
- Who were the Rough Riders? Why do you think Theodore Roosevelt quit his job with the Navy to lead this group Rough Riders?
- Why was the Spanish American War so popular with Americans?
- What is imperialism? What were the arguments for Imperialism of Albert Beveridge and against imperialism of Carl Schurz? [HINT: p.157]
The Spanish-American War:
History Channel Movie Guide
The Spanish-American War:
History Channel Movie Guide
Watch the documentary and answer the following questions:
- What were the motives behind America’s interventions into Cuba and the Philippines?
- Why were the Philippines first?
- Where the motives of the U.S. government behind the invasion of Cuba, Philippines and Puerto Rico justified? In other words, what would be the future of these island without U.S. interventionism?
- How has the foreign policy created and executed during McKinley, Roosevelt, and Taft influenced future US foreign policy?
- Is Imperialism a necessary part of the Progressive Movement? Is Imperialism necessary for the U.S. to achieve it's "place in the sun"?
- DBQ Should the US have annexed the Philippines.doc [Copyright Restrictions - Handed out in class] (classwork/homework)
- Khan Academy: The Age of Empire / Rise to World Power (1890-1945) Video
- History Channel: Spanish American War (Documentary)
Two Presidents: Taft & Wilson
- President William H. Taft didn't really want to be president, his real dream, which later will be realized, was to be?
- What example does your book give you that Taft was a bit less imperialistic then President Theodore Roosevelt?
- Was Taft a Progressive President? Before you answer consider that Taft did more trustbusting (breaking apart of monopolies) than T. Roosevelt, but turned over power to more conservative leaders called the "Old Guard." Need help deciding? HINT: US News: Teddy Roosevelt, on the Bull Moose Party Ticket, Battles Incumbent William Howard Taft
- What does J.P. Morgan mean by, "I hope the first lion he meets does his duty."?
- What was the nickname for Theodore Roosevelt's Progressive Party?
- What is the meaning behind the image on page 187 and the Pure Food and Drug Laws image just to the left?
- Explain President Woodrow Wilson path to the presidency:
- Was President Wilson a Progressive President? Why or Why not?
- Was President Wilson an Imperialist? Why or Why not?
All that Jazz (and the Blues too)
The Roots of Jazz: Though jazz and classic blues are really early twentieth-century black music innovations, certain characteristics found in jazz do have their roots in much earlier musical traditions. Call and response, improvisation, the appropriation and reinvention of elements from Western art music: black music in the twentieth-century has never held a monopoly on these musical practices. For instance, the era American historians call "antebellum" (roughly 1815-1861) holds much of interest to researchers looking for the deep roots of jazz. Read the rest of the article here: PBS: Jazz by Ken Burns (Jim Crow Article)
Ken Burns' presents Jazz (Episode 1) Questions:
- What does creole mean?
- What is the connection between minstrels, Jim Crow, and the birth of Jass? NOTE: Yes, Jass was the name for the musical genre that will eventually evolve into Jazz, but no one is quite sure how.
- Most will agree that Jazz is born in what American city?
- Provide an example that Jazz didn't escape racism.
- What are the instruments you hear in Jazz bands during this time?
- How did Jazz bands travel at this time?
- Were the Jazz bands themselves integrated?
- Did the Jazz bands play to integrated audiences?
- Who was the first African American to face combat in World War I? Who were the Harlem Hell-fighters?
- What were some of the important cities in the Jazz world?
- What role did Prohibition play on the popularity of Jazz?
- What is the meaning behind Billie Holidays' Strange Fruit?
- What is the impact of Chicago and Chess records on the Blues and the transformation of this music into Rock n' Roll? HINT: Try this Chess Records: A History of Rock n' Roll and Blues Heaven: Chess Records
- In your opinion, how does Jazz and the Blues help erode the stain of slavery, racism, and the Jim Crow Era? NOTE: I know this question may take awhile to ponder, but “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain." - Bob Marley
Jazz, the Blues, and Rock n' Roll too
(Just a Suggestion)
- Duke Ellington In many ways the "Duke" was the first mainstream American musician.
- Miles Davis I suggest his The Birth of Cool & Kind of Blue albums.
- Louis Armstrong The great "Satchmo".
- Thelonious Monk My personal favorite Jazz musician.
- Billie Holiday She could make average music extraordinary!
- Ray Charles Simply genius.
- Robert Johnson The start of something uniquely American.
- Muddy Waters This original "Rolling Stone" is one of my favorite musicians of any genre and yes, that is where the Rolling Stones get their name from.
- B.B. King I suggest his Live in Cook County Jail album. Yes, our Cook County!
- Buddy Guy Chicago's own!
- Junior Kimbrough Don't think the Blues matter anymore, well I bet you have heard of The Black Keys. Take a listen to The Black Keys album, Chulahoma: The Songs of Junior Kimbrough
- Chuck Berry "The Father of Rock n' Roll"
- Jimi Hendrix The Blues had a baby and they named it Rock n' Roll - Muddy Waters
- Eric Clapton The Blues crosses the pond, "Atlantic Ocean", but don't worry Clapton and the Blues will be back.
- Led Zeppelin New and heavy for 1968, but still the Blues and still excellent today!
Harlem Renaissance Resources:
- Black History in America - The Harlem Renaissance (Video)
- Biography: Harlem Renaissance (Famous Artists)
- CRASH COURSE (Literature): Langston Hughes & the Harlem Renaissance
- PBS: The Harlem Renaissance (Video)
- Discovery Education: The Harlem Renaissance (Video)
- Harlem Renaissance Video w/ BrainPop
- Harlem Renaissance Librarian: Regina Andrews Documentary in Chicago