"In the Beginning, all America was Virginia."
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The African American Experience in Virginia: From Civil War to Civil Rights

Emancipation and the end of the Civil War brought promises of equality for African Americans in Virginia and throughout the South. It took the better part of a century for those promises to begin to be realized. This program will identify and examine the effects of segregation and “Jim Crow” on life in Virginia for whites, African Americans, and American Indians. Students will also discuss the social and political events in Virginia linked to desegregation and Massive Resistance and their relationship to national history.

This program involves the active participation of the entire class as students:

  • examine the three Reconstruction amendments and what was promised with the end of slavery
  • track the emergence of segregation and “Jim Crow” laws throughout the American south
  • define “Jim Crow” and segregation, and describe the impact it had on the lives of both white and black southerners
  • describe the process of desegregation and Virginia’s Massive Resistance response
  • discuss the reasons that changes began to take place in Virginia and the United States following World War II
  • identify prominent Virginians and Virginia events in the Civil Rights Movement

Scheduling for this program is available through the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) website.

Evan Liddiard

Evan Liddiard, Senior Education Specialist

Are you interested in learning more about our interactive video conferencing programs? I can help you schedule a program or answer any questions you may have. Feel free to contact me at eliddiard@vahistorical.org or 804.342.9689.

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