[Jim Grossman] OK, and I want to thank Ken for inviting me. Usually
such ____ come in with a presentation. What happens is you talk
for fifty minutes, everybody falls asleep, and then the discussion
starts [laughter], then you try to wake everybody up. And I'm
going to try something different if people don't mind. And that
is I'm going to first start by passing around some documents,
giving you about ten minutes just to read, just to skim very quickly,
and I want to get a sense of the kinds of questions that you would
ask from these documents. And although I did bring a presentation,
Ken had asked me to give a forty-five minute lecture, I can also
sort of as I'm speaking, also try to speak to the questions that
the documents raise in your minds.
Also I think it will help us maybe to begin to think
about some of the kinds of things you can use in your classrooms
and perhaps put up on your web site. Both of these
are things that I think that you possibly can get permission
up on your Web site. So in essence, what we're going to do is
we're going to begin not with answers but with some questions.
And second, but before I do that, as long as you're thinking
about other things to be putting on a Web site or to use in
classes, before I forget about it, just thinking about what
Ken had said Jackie was offering ____.
If you want to do more with the Great Migration, and you want
to have something that's more exciting than a book, there was
a series that was done on, I think it was on Discovery Channel
is where it was first broadcast here, called The Promised
Land, and it was five parts. How many of you saw it?
[Muffled responses] I would only show some parts of it. The
would say the first two, are parts
that are worth showing. You could take a look at three and see
what you think of it, but by the time you get to four it's less
There's also something else that's very different done by the
American Social History Project called Up South.
It has more mundane production values
and doesn't have the same glossy budget.
[Female voice] I worked with them.
You worked with them. OK, it's a very good piece of work. What
they did was they took some documents and in essence created
created fictional characters out of real people, or recreated
dialogue and it sounds kind of hokey but it works.
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information about the American Social History Projects documentary
Up South including primary source materials and