When most people think of the Civil Rights Movement, they think of the South: Selma, Birmingham, Memphis, etc. But Wisconsin had civil rights issues of its own to deal with, despite having been a “free state” in the Civil War. Discrimination, segregation, and prejudice reared their ugly heads most prominently in Milwaukee, where the divisions between races were most stark.
A new handbook for teachers from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press will help students understand the Civil Rights movement in Wisconsin’s history and in the larger context of the national struggle. It’s filled with lesson plans, photos, and links to other resources. This valuable guide aligns with academic standards and is designed for upper elementary, middle, and high school aged students. Click here for more information.
One of my Badger Biographies is about Father James Groppi, who is prominently featured in the guide.