Grade Range: 9-12Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, WorksheetsDate Posted: 10/24/2013
Using documents and historical background from the exhibition Changing America: Emancipation Proclamation 1863, March on Washington 1963, students will develop an argument around the following question:
Scholars of the modern civil rights movement have debated the relative importance of grassroots organizing and so-called ‘charismatic leaders’ in the movement. Is the March on Washington evidence of the power of grassroots organizing or of charismatic leadership?
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