In this lesson students draw on their previous studies of American history and culture as they analyze primary sources from Jackie Robinson and Other Baseball Highlights, 1860s-1960s in American Memory. A close reading of two documents relating to Jackie Robinson's breaking of the racial barrier in professional baseball leads to a deeper exploration of racism in the United States, both in and out of sports.
- Analyze primary documents closely.
- Research documents specific to the history of race relations in the mid-20th century United States.
- Draw conclusions moving from the specific documents to the broader society and test them for validity.
Two to three classes
Recommended Grade Level
- African American History
- Sports, Recreation & Leisure
- Great Depression and WWII, 1929-1945
- Postwar United States, 1945-present