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Back cover of Jackie Robinson comic book

[Detail] Back cover of Jackie Robinson comic book

Lesson Overview

In this lesson students draw on their previous studies of American history and culture as they analyze primary sources from Jackie Robinson and Other Baseball Highlights, 1860s-1960s in American Memory. A close reading of two documents relating to Jackie Robinson's breaking of the racial barrier in professional baseball leads to a deeper exploration of racism in the United States, both in and out of sports.


Students will:

  • Analyze primary documents closely.
  • Research documents specific to the history of race relations in the mid-20th century United States.
  • Draw conclusions moving from the specific documents to the broader society and test them for validity.


Time Required

Two to three classes

Recommended Grade Level

  • 9-12


  • African American History
  • Sports, Recreation & Leisure


  • Great Depression and WWII, 1929-1945
  • Postwar United States, 1945-present


Arnold Pulda