The Civil Rights movement: First day of integration at Central High School, Little Rock, Arkansas; photo and first-hand account from Elizabeth Eckford's perspective

The Civil Rights movement: First day of integration at Central High School, Little Rock, Arkansas; photo and first-hand account from Elizabeth Eckford's perspective

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Title:The Civil Rights movement: First day of integration at Central High School, Little Rock, Arkansas; photo and first-hand account from Elizabeth Eckford's perspective
Date:1957-1962
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Prepared by Leigh-Ann Wager, Stevens Cooperative School, Hoboken, NJ.

"On the first day of integration at Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, angry mobs protested outside the school. Eight of The Little Rock Nine, the African-American students chosen to integrate the all-white Central High, met up beforehand so that they could have a security escort through the mob scene. One student, Elizabeth Eckford, did not receive the message about meeting beforehand. Unaware of the mobs and the meeting, she went to school on her own. She was immediately surrounded by an angry crowd. She tried to enter the school several times but soldiers from the Arkansas National Guard prevented her from crossing their line and entering the building. She was forced to continue through the crowds. This famous photo was taken showing a brave Elizabeth Eckford and an angry Hazel Bryan (now Massery) behind her. A kind white woman from the crowd helped Elizabeth to a bus bench and onto a local bus. The second document in this lesson is a first hand account from Elizabeth Eckford about her experiences that was published in Daisy Bates' book The Long Shadow. This moving excerpt will draw students into the moment captured in the powerful photograph." Taken from http://www.gilderlehrman.org/teachers/seminar_docs/civilrights_doc3.html

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Types:Instructional materials | Lesson plans | Black-and-white photographs | Books
Subjects:Eckford, Elizabeth, 1942- | Green, Ernest G. (Ernest Gideon), 1941- | Massery, Hazel Bryan | Bates, Daisy | Faubus, Orval Eugene, 1910-1994 | Mann, Woodrow Wilson, 1916-2002 | Davies, Ronald N., 1904- | Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969 | Civil rights--United States | Civil rights--Arkansas--Little Rock | African Americans--Civil rights | African Americans--Civil rights--Arkansas--Little Rock | School integration--Arkansas--Little Rock | Segregation in education--Arkansas--Little Rock | Central High School (Little Rock, Ark.) | High schools--Arkansas--Little Rock | Schools--Arkansas--Little Rock | High school students--Arkansas--Little Rock | Students--Arkansas--Little Rock | African American students--Arkansas--Little Rock | African American high school students--Arkansas--Little Rock | African American girls--Arkansas--Little Rock | African American teenagers--Arkansas--Little Rock | African American teenage girls--Arkansas--Little Rock | Teenage girls, White--Arkansas--Little Rock | Teenage girls--Arkansas--Little Rock | Teenagers--Arkansas--Little Rock | Arkansas. National Guard | United States. Army. Airborne Division, 101st | Police--Arkansas--Little Rock | Federal-state controversies--Arkansas--Little Rock | Federal-city relations--Arkansas--Little Rock | Intervention (Federal government)--Arkansas--Little Rock | Intimidation--Arkansas--Little Rock | Segregationists--Arkansas--Little Rock | Soldiers--Arkansas--Little Rock | Mobs--Arkansas--Little Rock | Offenses against the person--Arkansas--Little Rock | Harassment in schools--Arkansas--Little Rock | United States | Arkansas | Little Rock (Ark.) | Pulaski County (Ark.)
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Institution:Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Contributors:[New York (N.Y.)] : Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History | For Teachers and Students, Gilder Lehrman Institute (Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (New York, N.Y.))
Online Publisher:[New York (N.Y.)] : Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History | 2002?
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Forms part of online collection: For Teachers and Students, Gilder Lehrman Institute (New York, N.Y.)

Persistent Link to Item:http://www.gilderlehrman.org/teachers/seminar_docs/civilrights_doc3.html