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  • Historical Connections

    Unsung Heroes: Farmville Student Strike

    February 26, 2015

    Brown v. Board was a collection of five cases; all of them focused on the constitutionality of state-sponsored segregation in public schools. Davis v. Board of Education of Prince Edward County (VA) was one of the five cases and it started with students.

  • Civics & Citizenship

    Unsung Heroes: ‘The Student Voice’ Newspaper

    February 24, 2015

    Discouraged by the lack of press coverage of the civil rights movement by the mainstream press, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) began its own independent newspaper, The Student Voice.

  • Historical Connections

    Unsung Heroes: ‘Double V’ Campaign

    February 19, 2015

    The Pittsburgh Courier launched the "Double V" campaign at the height of World War II, demanding not only victory abroad, but also victory at home.

  • Historical Connections

    Resources: The Lincoln Assassination

    February 13, 2015

    To support the Newseum's exhibit on The New York Herald's coverage of President Lincoln's assassination, the Education Department has created a companion activity you can use during your visit. The lesson plan focuses on the coverage of the assassination and the idea that newspapers are the first draft of history.

  • Historical Connections

    Unsung Heroes: Virginia Library Sit-In

    February 9, 2015

    The 1960 sit-in by four black college students at a "whites-only" lunch counter in the F.W. Woolworth store in Greensboro, N.C., figures prominently in the civil rights movement's history. However, more than two decades earlier, another group of black men staged a sit-in that is not as well remembered.

  • Historical Connections

    Unsung Heroes: Integrating Professional Football

    February 1, 2015

    When Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947, baseball was changed forever. However, professional football had a history of integration and re-integration well before Robinson stepped on the field.

  • Historical Connections

    The End of the Poll Tax

    January 23, 2015

    On this day in 1964, the 24th Amendment was passed after it was ratified by South Dakota. While the 15th Amendment protects the rights of all male citizens to vote, many Southern states found ways to make it difficult for poor African-Americans to cast a ballot, including charging a tax to vote and literacy tests. The Supreme Court decided that literacy tests were in fact constitutional in 1898 with Williams v. Mississippi.

  • Civics & Citizenship

    From the Vault: Elvis at the Newseum

    January 8, 2015

    To celebrate what would have been Elvis’s 80th birthday, Newseum Education presents a lesson packet on The King himself.


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