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Using Oral History to Understand Segregation

"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.

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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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