In baseball — as in America — freedom is an ongoing quest. For almost 65 years, African-American players were prevented from playing Major League Baseball simply because of their skin color. In this unit, students will explore American history from the Civil War to the Civil Rights movement. They will work both independently and collaboratively to learn how race relations in baseball reflected significant social and cultural developments in the United States. During the videoconference, students will work with museum teachers to reinforce concepts and ideas introduced in the classroom.
- Be introduced to the concept of racial segregation and understand its impact on baseball and American society.
- Discuss the origins of the Negro leagues and identify famous Negro leagues players.
- Analyze the importance of Jackie Robinson to baseball and to Civil Rights.
- Learn about how the integration of baseball was the precursor of the modern Civil Rights movement.
- Duration: 60 minutes (can be shorter or longer)
- Grades: 3-12
- Price: $TBD