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African American Voting Rights : The 15th Amendment Reconstruction Era. http://www.liunet.edu/cwis/cwp/library/aavaahp.htm#banjo. The First Vote. What might the African American man be thinking about as he cast his first ballot?. What legislation gives him the right to do so?.
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Radical Members of the First Legislature after the War, South Carolina 1878.
KWL - of what students know about African Americans rights to vote
JournalWrite - a dialog between the men in the photo of “The First Vote”
Discuss - the conversation in reference to emancipation and voting law
Vocabulary - distribute a list of all the terms discussed in this unit
Groups - review/discuss the 14-15 Amendments, chart of African American Congress, ex-Confederate harassment during Reconstruction
Students will state the purpose of each document
Pairs - students pairs will read “A Klan Victim Testifies” and compile a list of why African American’s might not exercise their right to vote
Discussion - of the group list’s, make inferences or reach conclusions
Internet – Electronic worksheet, complete selected assignments at
www. learning.loc.gov, www.africana.com, and www.pbs.org
Writing - dialogue entry , disfranchisement, reconstruction
Elective Franchise - The rights of Citizens to vote in public elections.
The First Colored Senator and Representatives, in the 41st and 42nd Congress of the United States.Washington: Currier & Ives, 1872.http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/aaohtml/exhibit/aopart5b.html
African American’s Right to Vote
TOP: The photo of the doucment: http://www.historicaldocuments.com/15thAmendmentlg.htm
Copyright 1997 State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Graphic Organizer - K-W-L Chart
Visual Enrichment - Understand/interpret visual art in relation to history
Explicit Instruction - Talk slow and avoid jargon (ELL)
Multimedia - Microsoft® Encarta Africana CD-ROM
Relia – photographs, artifacts, documents (ELL)
Internet Technology – www.africana.com,
Scaffold Material - Open ended questions,
Journal Writing – write journal responses
"How important is one voter?
In 1645, one vote gave Oliver Cromwell control of England.
In 1694, one voter caused Charles I of England to be executed.
In 1776, one vote game America the English language instead of German.
In 1845 one vote brought Texas into the Union.
In 1868, one vote saved President Andrew Johnson from impeachment.
In 1875, one vote changed France from a monarchy to a republic.
In 1876, one vote gave Rutherford B. Hayes the presidency of the United States.
In 1923, one vote gave Adolf Hitler leadership of the Nazi Party.
In 1941, one vote saved Selective Service -- just weeks before
Pearl Harbor was attacked."
Yes one vote makes a difference. It matters.