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The Great Depression African American Story presents information about living and working conditions for African Americans during the Great Depression.
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Great Depression Books

ELA Standards: Reading Informational Text

Integration of Knowledge & Ideas

Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words in order to address a question or solve a problem.

 

BOOKS are far superior to articles because they often have more images and text. Books should be the first stop in every research plan. 

All the BOOKS below contain fantastic information that capture black people's lives during the Great Depression. Flushing High School Library has some of the books below in the catalog.  Other BOOKS can be found at the Queens Public Library.

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Twelve Million Black Voices - Richard Wright
ISBN: 1560252472
Publication Date: 1999-12-01

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Story Painter - John Duggleby
ISBN: 0811820823
Publication Date: 1998-10-01

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Great Migration - Jacob Lawrence (Illustrator); Lawrence
ISBN: 0064434281
Publication Date: 1995-09-15

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One Hundred Years of Lynchings - Ralph Ginzburg
ISBN: 0933121180
Publication Date: 1988-10-01

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Black Eagles - Jim Haskins
ISBN: 0590459139
Publication Date: 1997-02-01

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Without Sanctuary - James Allen (Editor); Hilton Als (Contribution by); John Lewis (Contribution by); Leon F. Litwack (Contribution by)
ISBN: 0944092691
Publication Date: 2000-02-01

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A Dream Deferred - Anne Wallace Sharp
ISBN: 1590187008
Publication Date: 2005-07-15

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Lynching and Murder in the Deep South - Michael V. Uschan
ISBN: 1590188454
Publication Date: 2006-11-14

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The Harlem Renaissance - Dana Meachen Rau
ISBN: 0756517273
Publication Date: 2005-07-01

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Harlem Stomp! - Laban Carrick Hill
ISBN: 031603424X
Publication Date: 2009-01-01

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A Long Hard Journey - Patricia C. McKissack; Fredrick L. McKissack
ISBN: 0802768849
Publication Date: 1990-01-01

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The Harlem Renaissance - Andy Koopmans
ISBN: 1590187024
Publication Date: 2005-07-22

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Forty Years of Medical Racism - Michael V. Uschan
ISBN: 1590184866
Publication Date: 2005-08-05

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The Negro Leagues - Michael Burgan; Bob Kendrick (Contribution by); Rosemary G. Palmer (Contribution by)
ISBN: 9780756533540
Publication Date: 2008-01-01

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The Harlem Reanissance - Dolores Johnson; Virginia Schomp
ISBN: 9780761426417
Publication Date: 2007-09-01

 

Great Depression Documentary Films

ELA Standards: History/Social Studies--Integration of Knowledge & Ideas 

  • Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, as well as in words) in order to address a question or solve a problem.

 American Experience: Scottsboro An American Tragedy (2001) DVD is a documentary film about nine Negro boys who were arrested for the supposed rape of a white woman.  The film makes use of archival footage, interviews, narration, and commentary.  The film presents the political and racial identity of Southern America that made it possible to falsely accuse nine men of rape and change their lives forever.  The film uses archival footage to establish backgrounds for the two white women and nine Negro men that made them ripe for the legal travesty. (90 min. cc)

 

The Great Flood of 1936 VHS documentary film is about black and white people struggling to survive the 1936 flood. The film makes use of archival footage, interviews, narration, and commentary. The interviews present social and economic relationsips during the Great Depression. (58 min.)

Great Depression African American Story Online Documentary Film #1

American Experience: Riding the Rails (1998) 72 min.
  • American Experience: Riding the Rails (1998)
    American Experience: Riding the Rails (1998) is a documentary film about black and white males riding the rails during the Great Depression. The film makes use of archival footage, interviews, narration and commentary. The film also presents the economic realities of unemployment and its effects on families, as well as the success story of black and white males in work programs across the United States near the end of the Great Depression. (72 min. cc)

Great Depression African American Story Online Documentary Film #2

PBS Slavery by Another Name (2012) 90 min.
  • Slavery by Another Name (2012)
    Slavery by Another Name (2012) is a documentary film about the history and working conditions of black males during incarceration. The film starts off with a 30 minute introduction to United States Slavery before launching into the deep of the film. The introduction is useful to many who may know little or nothing about slavery. The film makes use of re-enactment because the prison camps were not filmed by anyone at the time--so we will not see archival footage. However, the film does make use of photographs of black male prisoners at times. The film also presents commentary from present-day family members of ancestors who were prisoners. It is a powerful film that is sure to present questions about present-day prison living and working conditions--and civil rights of inmates. (90 min. subtitles)

Great Depression African American Story Website #1

ELA Standards: Writing—Research to Build and Present Knowledge

Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the usefulness of each source in answering the research question; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.

Homer, Winslow. The Cotton Pickers. Painting, Oil on Canvas. Public Domain. The Los Angeles County Museum Online Collection. 1876. Web. 2013-2014. 

  • The Cotton Pickers Painting
    Homer Winslow's painting and information about it.
  • American Experience: Reconstruction (Slave to Sharecropper)
    American Experience: Reconstruction (Slave to Sharecropper)—The website presents the background history of the close of slavery after the Civil War. Many newly freed blacks would work as sharecroppers from 1865 to about 1939 (throughout the Great Depression)—that is nearly 75 years of agricultural labor. The Slave to Sharecropper link allows students to view a sharecropping contract, read historian commentary, and read a brief narrative of a sharecropper’s experience.

Great Depression African American Story Website #2

Palmer, Alfred T. Colored Mechanic, Motor Maintenance Section. Photograph. No Known Restrictions On Publication. The Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog. 1942. Web. 2013-2014. 

Great Depression African American Story Website #3

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Negroes Share in Law Enforcement. Negro Policement, Harlem. Photograph. No Known Restrictions On Publication. New York Public Library Digital Gallery.  1929. Web. 2013-2014. 

Great Depression African American Story Website #4

Library of Congress. A Negro Maid. Photograph. No Known Restrictions On Publication. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Online Catalog.  1942?. Web. 2013-2014. 

 

EBSCO HOST Research Databases (NOVELNY)

Gale Cengage Learning Databases (NOVELNY)

  • Gale Cengage Learning Databases (NOVELNY)
    Gale Cengage Learning Databases are New York State funded databases available to public students in school and from home. The Database requires a password for home access--which cannot be posted but provided to you by the Flushing High School Librarians.

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LIBRARY RESEARCH TASK #1

ELA Standards: Writing

Production and Distribution of Writing

Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology’s capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically.

Read 1-3 Books or Chapter Selections from BOOKS in LibGuide.

Record 5 facts and responses to each fact on a Fact/Feel Journal Organizer.

Type an Annotation for each Book or Chapter selection read (75-word summary and 75-word critique).


LIBRARY RESEARCH TASK #2

View 1 online Documentary Film from the LibGuide.

Record 5 facts and 5 responses to each fact on the Fact Response Journal Organizer.

Type an Annotation for the film (75-word summary and 100-300-word critique).

LIBRARY RESEARCH TASK #3

Research 1 Website Link selection from the LibGuide.

Record 5 facts and 5 responses to each fact on the Fact Response Journal Organizer.

Type an Annotation for the selected website link  (75-word summary and 75-word critique).

LIBRARY RESEARCH TASK #4

 Publish your topic research findings (based on teacher instructions for options below):

Microsoft Office Word 2007           

Argument, Informative, or

     Explanatory Essay

Narrative or Term Paper

Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007:

 PowerPoint Presentation 

Microsoft Office Publisher 2007:

Poster, Pamphlet, or Brochure

Newsletter or Timeline

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3-5 minute Documentary Short  Film

 

      
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