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This packet provides primary source documents and lesson plans relating to the study of Jackie Robinson as a civil rights advocate. The legendary baseball player, Jack Roosevelt Robinson, was the first black man to "officially" play in the big leagues in the 20th century. Jackie Robinson was not only a stellar baseball player, but he went on to champion the cause of civil rights when he retired from the game. The lessons relate to civil rights history, character education, and civic responsibility. The primary documents used in the packet include: (1) "Telegram to the White House, August 13, 1957"; (2) "Letter to President Eisenhower, May 13, 1958"; (3) "Draft letter from Vice-President Nixon, November 4, 1960"; (4) "Letter to President Kennedy, February 9, 1961"; (5) "Telegram to President Kennedy, June 15, 1963"; (6) "Photograph, August 28, 1963"; (7) "Telegram to President Johnson, March 9, 1965"; (8) "Letter to President Johnson, April 18, 1967"; and (9) "Letter to the White House, April 20, 1972." A collection of Robinson quotes also is included and could be used for classroom work. (EH)

Descriptors: Baseball, Citizen Role, Citizenship Education, Citizenship Responsibility, Civics, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Materials, Justice, Primary Sources, Social Studies, United States History

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Author: National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC.


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