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Too Progressive for Wisconsin

Discover why Wisconsin's 1846 was re-written and passed in 1848

Date: 1915-02-13 

Description: African-American man and woman on the front porch of a rural home. The unidentified woman is retrieving water from a well, and the man, J.R. Dean, is sitti...

Follow the progression of key events before, during and after Freedom Summer. Contains links to original documents

Date: 1937 before

Description: Male and female students pose for a group portrait with their teacher (at right) in front of Banneker High School. The structure is made of brick and has...

Date: 1980-07 ca.

Description: Vel Phillips wearing pearls and a name tag sitting at a table.

Date: 1945-12-20 

Description: Group of 15 women and six men attending a meeting at USO Service Club. The group is predominantly African Americans. Probably taken in First Unitarian So...

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Description: Two young African American boys in coats and hats on Johns Island.

Date: 1967 

Description: Migrant farm laborers leaving a cucumber field to strike. Strikes in Wisconsin were organized by the local farm-worker labor union, Obreros Unidos, an inde...

Date: 1980-04-19 ca.

Description: Dale and Vel Phillips sit behind a table.

Date: 1936 

Description: Man standing in the bed of an International coal delivery truck owned by Thos. J. Kearney Jr., Inc. The man is shoveling coal and the truck is backed up to...

Date: 1898 

Description: The James Duane Doty residence on Doty Street (formerly Clymer Street), the first "Executive Mansion" in Madison, occupied in 1841-1844 by the Territorial...

Wisconsin History Maker Award

Read about the woman from Milwaukee's South Side who became Wisconsin's first African American secretary of state.

Date:  date unknown

Description: Sculpture of a man near a wooden deck and barrels. Text on photograph reads, "Old Black Joe."

Sourcebook, PowerPoint Presentation, Video

Help students learn about the civil rights era with resources designed for teaching about Freedom Summer. Access original source documents, images, video

Photograph

Woolworth's Protest

Date: 1964 

Description: A group of male and female protestors and law enforcement officers stand on the sidewalk outside of a Woolworth's department store during Freedom Summer. O...

Date: 1980-07 ca.

Description: Vel Phillips wearing a light brown outfit and necklace. She is sitting next to another woman with brown hair. They are sitting in a waiting room with other...

Date:  date unknown

Description: View across front seat towards Vel Phillips sitting in the passenger seat of a car holding a baby in her lap. Vel is wearing a coat and the baby is wearing...

Photograph

Portrait of a Child

Date: 1900 ca.

Description: Studio portrait in front of a painted backdrop of an African American child (probably a girl) wearing a white dress. Text written on the back of the photog...

Date: 1973 

Description: Three garbage trucks are pictured in a landfill dumping trash. An African-American man is standing by one of the trucks. The trucks are likely Internatio...

Introduce students to Freedom Summer with this overview of key events. Each slide contains images of original documents and notes to help guide discussion
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