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The Great Migration
Entrepreneurs and the African-American Dream Lesson Plan
Grade levels: Middle and high school, grades 6-12
Concentration area: History, Economics
The narrative The Great Migration discusses how individuals and industries forged opportunities for themselves and African-American workers outside the South. The lesson Entrepreneurs and the African-American Dream should be used as a follow-up activity to or in conjunction with the narrative in either history or economics classes. Students will make a simple graph of labor supply and labor demand in the North and South in the early twentieth century. They then will conduct research using business journals, corporate reports, and the Internet to identify top contemporary African-American entrepreneurs.
What Does It Cost? Wages and Expenses in Historical Context Lesson Plan
Grade levels: Middle and high school, grades 6-12
Concentration area: History, Economics
The segment "A New Industrial Landscape" of the narrative The Great Migration recounts how the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated in 1919 that $43 was the minimum weekly wage for a family of five. Students are often curious about how anyone can live on $43 per day, let alone a family of five for a week. So, this lesson, What Does It Cost?, is designed to help students understand the relative value of a historical dollar. Students will research through old newspaper ads to find prices for food, housing, clothing, transportation, and recreation. Then, they should calculate how many minutes, hours, or days a worker being paid about 91 cents an hour for a 47-hour workweek would have to work to purchase the five items they have priced and to rent an apartment.
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