March on Washington DBQ

Grade Range: 9-12
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Date 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?

A guide for teachers is available here

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