Published on February 19, 2014
Kennedy and Lewis Primary Document Activity http://sheg.stanford.edu/upload/Lesso ns/Unit%2012_Cold%20War%20Culture %20and%20Civil%20Rights/Civil%20Rig hts%20Act%20Lesson%20Plan.pdf
1. JFK’s Civil Rights Speech http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVdZBtlSirI 2. Answer as viewing a. What was the civil rights act? b. Do you believe JFK was a strong believer in civil rights? Why or why not?
1. Before reading document answer questions a. Who wrote this? When? Who was he addressing? b. Was it televised? Who’s watching? What are they thinking? c. What do we know about him? What have we learned so far? d. Is this a trustworthy source? Why or why not?
1. Before and while reading this document ask yourself a. What is JFK trying to do in this speech? b. Why is Civil Rights a controversial issue? c. What is the Civil Rights Act? d. What is happening in the Civil Rights Movement in 1963?
While reading this document ask yourself 1. Is he addressing Congress or all Americans? 2. Does it sound as if he’s only addressing white people? 3. Why does he keep saying it’s a “moral” issue? 4. What does he want Congress to do? 5. Was this an effective speech? 6. How do you think his audience felt?
1. Danny Glover reading John Lewis’s speech http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INkJsWkCiSE 2. Read modified version of speech 3. Ask yourself a. Why did John Lewis have to change his speech? b. According to both documents was JFK a strong supporter of civil rights? c. Do you need additional evidence to decide?
President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 after Kennedy was assassinated http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bygv9u1G6Xo Many Southern Democrats opposed the bill and some believe this is when many of them became Republicans
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