Trade Books, Comics, and Local History: Exploring Fred Shuttleworth’s Fight for Civil Rights
This one-week project utilized the trade book Black and White: The Confrontation between Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene Bull Connor (Brimner, 2011) to explore non-violent advocacies during the 1950s and 1960s civil rights movement. Students read selected excerpts from the trade book and created a comic narrative to convey their understanding of the civil rights advocacies of Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth in Birmingham, Alabama. The students were able to accurately portray Rev. Shuttlesworth’s actions in a cohesive narrative using evidence from the trade book within their comics. The students demonstrated a solid understanding of non-violent advocacies, and why these methods were ultimately successful. The selected trade book highlighted what is a local history topic for the students. The accuracy of the students’ comic narrative suggests that the local connection was beneficial to the students’ engagement with and processing of the information in the trade book.
Clabough, Jeremiah and Sheffield, Caroline
"Trade Books, Comics, and Local History: Exploring Fred Shuttleworth’s Fight for Civil Rights,"
The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Studies: Vol. 84:
1, Article 3.
Available at: https://thekeep.eiu.edu/the_councilor/vol84/iss1/3
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