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The Economics of Jim Crow – Engaging students in the African American greenbooks through technology and mapping tools

In 1936, an African American mailman living in New York City published the first ever Negro Motorist Green Book. The book was a guide for travelling in the Jim Crow Era. The collection of Green Books are an invaluable primary source for unlocking a deeper understanding of the African American story in US History, as well as the social, political, and economic effects of Jim Crow laws in America.

We will examine the Green Books and analyze a teacher-developed lesson plan around this primary source that uses technology and mapping tools to engage students.

Presenter: Andrea Wilson
Andrea began teaching through the New York Teaching Residency Program. As a teacher she began working with New Visions when they launched their U.S. History curriculum pilot in 2015. She  continues her involvement with New Visions by working as a Teacher Advisory Board member for the United States History curriculum. She is a U.S. History and Government teacher in East Harlem at The Young Women's Leadership School