Tools for Teaching the History of Civil Rights in Milwaukee and the Nation

By Michael Edmonds

Paperback: $19.95

ISBN: 978-0-87020-754-9

115 pages, 8 1/2 x 11; E-Book Edition Available

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This powerful, user-friendly curriculum is designed to help teach middle and high school students the history of the Civil Rights Movement in Milwaukee and the South. Each of its twenty lessons includes background information, facsimiles of historical documents, classroom activities, and thoughtful questions designed to spark critical thinking. Students will learn to connect their lives today with the people who worked 50 years ago to make the United States honor the promises of the Founding Fathers.

Complementary Civil Rights Resources:

Risking Everything: A Freedom Summer Reader, also by Michael Edmonds, a collection of original documents edited by Michael Edmonds and drawn from the Wisconsin Historical Society's 1964 Freedom Summer archives.

Father Groppi: Marching for Civil Rights, a biography for younger readers by Stuart Stotts.

Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams, a Wisconsin Public Television documentary on the life and work of Milwaukee civil rights and fair housing leader Vel Phillips, based on Wisconsin Historical Society archives.

Michael Edmonds is Deputy Director of the Library–Archives at the Wisconsin Historical Society and curator of its online collection about Freedom Summer. A 1976 graduate of Harvard University, he earned an MS degree at Simmons College in 1979 and taught part-time at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The author of several articles and books, Edmonds has won national awards from the American Folklore Society and the American Association for State and Local History. He is also the author or editor of additional Society Press titles, including: Risking Everything: A Freedom Summer Reader, Out of the Northwoods: The Many Lives of Paul Bunyan, and Warriors, Saints & Scoundrels: Brief Portraits of Real People Who Shaped Wisconsin.