All-Black Towns: Oklahoma's Unique Historical Geography

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Description: Oklahoma has a unique history.  Most teachers and students do not realize that Oklahoma has more incorporated "historically all-black towns" than any other state in the United States.  In the early 1900s, town promoters selected parcels of land, plotted out townsites, and began building communities in Indian Territory for newcomers from Southern states to begin a new life.  In this lesson, the students will discover the unique and special features the town promoters used to attract the newcomers.  The students are to create promotional materials that would lure someone seeking a place of freedom from prejudice, a place to educate their children, a place to provide a home and provide for their family, a place to achieve economic success, and a place to live peacefully.  In addition, the students should gain an awareness of the human and environmental factors that made these places unique.

 Grade level(s): Middle                 Standards: PASS, GFL             Produced By: Shirley Nero