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Grade 12 - 8 - Evicting Resurrection City

teaches Common Core State Standards RH.11-12.2 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RH/11-12/2
teaches Common Core State Standards RH.11-12.3 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RH/11-12/3

Grade 12 - 8 - Evicting Resurrection City

During the summer of 1968 over 3,000 took up residence on the National Mall to support the cause of the Poor People's March. The camp was allowed to exist under a temporary permit from the National Park Service. For 42 days thousands of people from all over the country called Resurrection City their home.  It was, in essence, a functioning city with housing, mess halls, a city hall, day care and electricity. Resurrection City even had its own zip code - 20013.  On June 24, 1968 residents of Resurrection City were asked to leave.  Most left but nearly 300 remained and were arrested respectfully.  In this lesson, students will learn about the eviction of Resurrection City and then are asked what they would do if they were faced with the decision to leave or be peacefully arrested.

Grade 12 Government DC Scope and Sequence:

5.14.1: Describe the proliferation of the Civil Rights movement of African Americans from the churches of the rural South to the urban North.

DC Content Supporting Standards:

5.13: Students explain important domestic trends of the 1950s and 1960s.

C3 Framework Indicators and Common Core Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies: 

D2.His.2: Compare life in specific historical time periods to life today.