The Civil Rights Movement as a Social and Economic Movement

Veronica Hall, Civics and Economics, Cochrane Collegiate Academy

Curriculum Unit (pdf)


This unit will focus on the ideas of the Civil Rights Movement as an attempt to gain civil liberties for African Americans. Students will analyze and evaluate how American values of nation and equality are the basis for this movement. Students will be able to understand that the attempt for equality is rooted in American values of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Students will be able to understand the underlying issues associated with desegregation and how difficult the process was to obtain legislation that made segregation illegal. Students will understand how citizens play a key role in social and political change. This unit will give students a greater understanding of how individuals have power within the government to reach outlined common goals of societal change.