Today you are going to explore a little about organized marches that helped forward the Civil Rights movement during the 1960s. First read this section from on online textbook and try to answer the following questions:

  • Who led and participated in the marches?
  • Why did the marches take place?
  • How did people react to the marches?
  • What did the marches accomplish?

Now that you have answered those questions-- consider these questions about sources of information you may use in your learning:

  • What kind of a source is a textbook -- primary or secondary?
  • What are possible benefits of secondary sources?
  • What are potential drawbacks?

Now select one of these three front page newspaper articles to read from the time the marches took

March 8, 1965:Reporting on Bloody Sunday, the Selma march beaten back by Alabama state troopers

March 10, 1965: Reporting on “Turnaround Tuesday,” the Selma march stopped by a federal injunction

March 26, 1965: Reporting on the successful march from Selma to Montgomery

  • What can you learn about the Selma to Montgomery marches from these front pages?
  • What evidence supports your observation or analysis?
  • What more can you find?