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The Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March: Shaking the Conscience of the NationSupplementary Resources

By studying The Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March: Shaking the Conscience of the Nation students learn how people in the small town of Selma, Alabama, and national civil rights organizations worked together to end the unconstitutional denial of voting rights to African Americans in the South. Those interested in learning more will find that the Internet offers a variety of interesting materials.

Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail
This website contains information on the trail and on the Lowndes County Interpretive Center, opened in 2006.  It also is a rich source of materials on the march developed by the National Park Service as part of the “Never Lose Sight of Freedom” program.  The program includes a brief history of the march, additional lesson plans, and links to a wide variety of primary sources, including oral histories, photographs, audio and visual files, and information on an educational dvd.

“We Shall Overcome” National Park Service Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary
This on-line travel itinerary provides useful essays on the modern civil rights movement and information on places across the U.S. that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places for their association with the movement, including Brown Chapel AME Church.

Historic Places of America’s Diverse Culture
The National Register of Historic Places online itinerary Places Reflecting America’s Diverse Cultures highlights the historic places and stories of America’s diverse cultural heritage.  This itinerary seeks to share the contributions various peoples have made in creating American culture and history.

National Historic Landmarks Program
Information on Brown Chapel AME Church and the Alabama State Capitol (First Confederate Capitol) can be found on the National Historic Landmarks website.

Library of Congress
The American Memory “Today in History website for March 7 includes information on the Selma to Montgomery March, on Congressman John Lewis’s career after 1965, and on the 35th anniversary commemoration of the march on March 7, 2000.

Photographs, drawings, and written materials in the Historic American Buildings Survey Collection record the architecture and early history of the Alabama State Capitol.

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum: Civil Rights
The Johnson Library website includes a section on civil rights that provides primary documents and activities associated with the Selma to Montgomery March.

Moments in Alabama History
This website includes materials on the Selma to Montgomery March, including a lesson plan focusing on the literacy test shown in Reading 1.  It also provides a brief history of the use of the State Capitol as the Capitol of the Confederacy.

Alabama Department of Archives and History
This website contains a lesson plan on the march, including reproductions of historic newspaper accounts and a resolution passed by the Alabama State Senate decrying the role of outside agitators and asking all “loyal citizens of the State” to avoid the march route.

Justice Talking and Justice Learning
The Justice Talking website, associated with a public radio show about law and American life, has a background information on voting rights and transcripts and audio clips of town meetings and debates about the past, present, and future of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  It also has a link to educational materials based on the program.
This website includes a  Civil Rights 101 Reference Guide which discusses the historical events, political acts, and policy decisions relating to the civil rights movement. Of particular interest is the section on voting rights

Making Sense of Oral History
This website, maintained by the George Mason University program “History Matters,” provides useful information on using, interpreting, and evaluating oral histories.


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