Read Kansas! Middle School - M-22 The Exoduster Movement
This lesson involves students reading primary source documents to answer the question "Why did African Americans living in the South want to come to Kansas in the 1870s?" They will use observation and inference skills to find Economic, Social, and Political (ESP) reasons for the Exoduster movement in 16 primary sources. This lesson is designed to take one class period.
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Kansas History Standards:
- Benchmark 3, Indicator 5: The student describes the reasons for the Exoduster movement from the South to Kansas (i.e., relatively free land, symbol of Kansas as a free state, the rise of Jim Crow laws in the South, promotions of Benjamin "Pap" Singleton).
- Benchmark 4, Indicator 5: The student uses evidence from the text to make inferences and draw conclusions.
Kansas College and Career Ready Standards:
- RH.6-8.1: The student cites specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.