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Using Oral History to Understand Segregation

Grades: 9-12
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  • Overview

    "A Place Out of Time: The Bordentown School" provides teachers with a touchstone to convey important concepts in American history to high schoolers. In this lesson, students compare ideas and information from various sources to understand how oral histories contribute to our understanding of segregation. Students then conduct their own interviews to further their own understanding of individual experiences during segregation.

  • Using Oral History to Understand Segregation: Video Clip 1

    This video excerpt from the documentary "A Place out of Time: The Bordentown School" explains how Bordentown was an "incubator for intellect and taught values, discipline, and life skills" to black students. See support materials for lesson plans.

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  • Using Oral History to Understand Segregation: Video Clip 2

    This video excerpt from the documentary, "A Place Out of Time: The Bordentown School" contains interviews from past students explaining how their time at Bordentown changed their lives. See support materials for lesson plans.

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  • Using Oral History to Understand Segregation: Video Clip 3

    This video excerpt from the documentary, "A Place out of Time: The Bordentown School" has personal interviews from past students describing the influence Bordentown had on them, as well as details on William Valentine modeling the school after the Tuskegee University in the South. See support materials for lesson plans.

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National Standards for History

Through oral histories, learn about the history and impact of the Bordentown School and recognize the importance of the school to the education and socialization of African American children.


  • Source: A Place out of Time: The Bordentown School

    http://www.pbs.org/teachers/aplaceoutoftime/

    Credits

    "A Place Out of Time - The Bordentown School" was funded by New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

  • Source: A Place out of Time: The Bordentown School

    http://www.pbs.org/teachers/aplaceoutoftime/

    Credits

    "A Place Out of Time - The Bordentown School" was funded by New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

  • Source: A Place out of Time: The Bordentown School

    http://www.pbs.org/teachers/aplaceoutoftime/

    Credits

    "A Place Out of Time - The Bordentown School" was funded by New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Project Credits

Contributor: Hudson West Productions-grayscale


Funder: NJCH-grayscale


Funder: New Jersey State Council for the Humanities-grayscale