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Jim Zwerg

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Title:Jim Zwerg

In May of 1961, an interracial group known as the Freedom Riders rode two buses through the South to protest interstate bus segregation. On May 20, one bus was greeted in Montgomery, Alabama by a violent mob. This transcript documents an interview with Jim Zwerg, a young, white Freedom Rider, who was badly beaten as he got off the bus.

Includes a background essay, discussion questions, and alignments to teaching standards.

Major funding for this project is provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Supported in part by a grant from the Open Society Institute.

Grade range: 6-12.

Lesson plans using this resource: Re-Examining Brown.

An interview of an interview.

The Civil Rights Digital Library received support from a National Leadership Grant for Libraries awarded to the University of Georgia by the Institute of Museum and Library Services for the aggregation and enhancement of partner metadata.

Types:Instructional materials | Teaching guides | Resource units | Interviews | Transcripts | MovingImage
Subjects:Zwerg, Jim, 1939- | Kennedy, Robert F., 1925-1968 | Seigenthaler, John, 1927- | Civil rights demonstrations--Southern States | Civil rights workers--Southern States | Civil rights workers--Violence against | Congress of Racial Equality | Direct action--Southern States | Discrimination in public accommodations--Southern States | Nonviolence | Freedom Rides, 1961 | Intervention (Federal government)--Southern States | Intimidation--Alabama--Montgomery | Mobs--Alabama--Montgomery | National Association for the Advancement of Colored People | Segregation in transportation--Southern States | United States. Interstate Commerce Commission | United States. Supreme Court | United States--Race relations | Civil rights movements--Tennessee--Nashville | Fiske University--Students | Civil rights--Religious aspects | Arrest--Alabama--Birmingham | United States, Alabama, Montgomeryi, 32.366805, -86.299969 | United States, Alabama, Jefferson County, Birmingham, 33.5206608, -86.80249 | United States, Alabama, Calhoun County, Anniston, 33.6598257, -85.8316318 | United States, District of Columbia, Washington, 38.907192, -77.036871 | United States, Mississippi, Hinds County, Jackson, 32.2987573, -90.1848103
Collection:Teachers' Domain Civil Rights Special Collection
Institution:WGBH Educational Foundation
Contributors:Skin deep (Television program) | Teacher's Domain Civil Rights Special Collection | WGBH Educational Foundation
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The Teachers' Domain Civil Rights Collection is a collaborative production of WGBH Education Productions, the WGBH Media Library, and WGBH Interactive, in partnership with the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and Washington University in St. Louis.

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Forms part of: Teacher's Domain Civil Right Special Collection.

Forms part of: People's Century (PBS Television Series).

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Persistent Link to Item:https://pbslearningmedia.org/resource/iml04.soc.ush.civil.zwerg/