Lesson 3: The Impact of the Jim Crow Era on Education, 1877-1930s


In this lesson students will examine the denial of rights of African Americans both nationally and in Virginia, and consider the impact these events had on the lives of individuals and families.  Students will investigate what happened to the rights of African Americans after Reconstruction.  They will be able to define the terms “discrimination” and “segregation” and recognize how these can and did affect people.  Specifically, students will examine some Jim Crow laws and consider the 1902 Virginia Constitution.  This lesson works well after students have learned about Reconstruction, and can serve as a transition lesson to their study of the Jim Crow era.  It is designed to follow “A Look at Virginians During Reconstruction.”