A Lesson Before Dying Pre-reading Research NAME____________________________________________ Activity: A Lesson Before Dying is a historical novel set in 1948. It will be helpful to learn more about or review the events that shaped the racial climate of the era – and of the events that were soon to come – before reading the novel. Find a credible source and read about ONE of the events below. Take notes and write down the name of at least one credible source of information (not Wikipedia). Notes should include: 1. A summary of the incident 2. Why it was significant to the time period 3. Main people involved Be careful to put quotation marks around works that come directly from a source. Notes should be a combination of your words and the source’s words. Choose one topic: 1896 – Plessy v. Ferguson 1896-1954 – Jim Crow laws 1931 – The Trial of the “Scottsboro Boys” 1937 – Joe Louis became Heavyweight Champion of the World 1939 – Singer Marian Anderson refused right to sing at Constitutional Hall by the DAR 1941 – Tuskegee Airman formed 1942 – Congress of Racial Equality in Chicago 1944 – United Negro College Fund founded 1947 – Jackie Robinson is the first African-American to play in MLB 1954 – Brown v. Board of Education Be prepared to discuss your topic in class; take notes in class for a quiz following the presentations.