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National History Day: NAACP & "Birth of a Nation"

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Social Studies +1 Age Levels Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old)

This collection brings together EDSITEment and Smithsonian resources to support the initial research into a project for National History Day.  While originally created for the 2017 theme, "Taking a Stand in History," resources found in this collection are useful for researching other National History Day themes.

Resources in this collection - portraits, artifacts, photographs, and an article - supplement the EDSITEment lesson plan, Birth of a Nation, the NAACP, and the Balancing of Rights, which discusses the connection between the rise of the NAACP and their protests of the 1915 propaganda film Birth of a Nation. This collection is part of the larger collection, Taking a Stand: African American Civil Rights Movement. When navigating this collection, please see the standalone text tile for a summary of collection resources.

By no means is this collection comprehensive; instead, it provides a launching point for further research.

This collection was created in collaboration with the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access.

Tags: kkk; national association for the advancement of colored people; moorfield storey; w. e. b. du bois; racism; national national endowment for the humanities; #nhd; #NHD2017

W. E. B. Du Bois

National Portrait Gallery

Moorfield Storey

National Portrait Gallery

D. W. Griffith

National Portrait Gallery

Mary Church Terrell

National Portrait Gallery

James Weldon Johnson

National Portrait Gallery

Walter Francis White

National Portrait Gallery

Charles Hamilton Houston

National Portrait Gallery

Roy Wilkins

National Portrait Gallery

Thurgood Marshall

National Portrait Gallery

Myrlie Louise Evers-Williams

National Portrait Gallery

NAACP Civil Rights Convention

National Museum of African American History and Culture

NAACP Members

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Baltimore Branch NAACP in Action

National Museum of American History

Photographic print of steelworkers protesting in downtown Pittsburgh

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Roy Wilkin's NAACP cap

National Museum of American History

Pin-back button for N.A.A.C.P. Legal Defense Fund anti-lynching campaign

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Sign, NAACP Voter Registration Headquarters

National Museum of American History

Pinback button for the NAACP

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Poster for the NAACP anti-lynching campaign

National Museum of African American History and Culture