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Too Progressive for Wisconsin

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

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

Date:  date unknown

Description: Vel Phillips sitting on the far left in first row of a group portrait. Her right leg is wrapped. A line of women stand in the second row.

Photograph

Church Picnic

Date: 1976 

Description: A group of African Americans gathered at a picnic table for an outdoor church picnic.

Photograph

Sorting Peanuts

Date:  date unknown

Description: Women sorting peanuts in the Gwaltney and Bunkley Peanut Factory. Text on the photograph reads, "Parish & Co."

Date: 1971 before

Description: Rear view of Vel Phillips sitting at her desk in the Milwaukee Common Council chamber. Other unidentified council members are sitting at their desks. The m...

Date: 1964 ca.

Description: A man holds a sign, likely referring to Leflore County in Mississippi, at a Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) function.

Date:  date unknown

Description: Nighttime view of several African American men, women, and children standing in the foreground looking at something off camera to the right. Behind them tw...

Date: 1926-11 

Description: Two drivers sit in their International Model "63" trucks, parked underneath coal chutes. The drivers worked for George Jaekel and Son's Coal and Ice Compan...

Date: 1972-10 ca.

Description: Poster supporting black students to register to vote. Features a student, with white face paints that reads, "Vote" and the slogan, "The Time is Now. Regis...

Date:  date unknown

Description: African American prison inmates working on a road chain-gang in Florida or Georgia.

Date: 1957 

Description: Thelma Mothershed, one of the Little Rock Nine, reading a book.

Date: 1967 ca.

Description: Father James Groppi seated with several of his fellow marchers, some in Milwaukee N.A.A.C.P. Youth Council shirts. Groppi has one shoe off.

Date: 1964 ca.

Description: An integrated group of people stand outdoors in coats and hats.

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

Vel Phillips

Date: 1969-07 ca.

Description: Vel Phillips in a buba, posing next to a chair. A textile print hangs on the wall behind her. Vel purchased the buba at an inner city arts fair and wore it...

Date:  date unknown

Description: Nighttime view over heads of crowd in foreground towards two law enforcement officers standing near a low brick wall with three men using cameras with flas...

Date: 1936 ca.

Description: Five people sitting on a sidewalk outside of a building. A woman stands on a stoop in the doorway.

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

Date: 1929 ca.

Description: A production still for the Fox Hearst film "Romance of a Reaper". The film was produced by International Harvester to celebrate the Reaper Centennial. One...

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