Using Digital Mapping to Study History, Race, and Gentrification

Brad Baker, U.S. History, Hough High School

Curriculum Unit (PDF)


I am a high school history teacher and primarily teach Advanced Placement United States History. For my curriculum unit I have decided to focus on the development of the United States of America and the development of urbanized America with the influence of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s. I would like to map out how the Harlem Renaissance put an emphasis on a cultural movement for African Americans and how that spread to major cities across the country. I would also argue that this movement was the forefront of starting to question the legality of a “separate but equal” society and how it helped influence the creation of the Civil Rights movement in the 1950s and 60s.The unit will focus on the development and change over time of African American culture in America. A large focus will be discussing cultural icons of the Harlem Renaissance and their influence not only African American culture but also all American culture overtime and its influence on movements across America.