Civil Rights in Iowa
Lesson Plan Item
|Grade||10th Grade||Class||Government||Length of Lesson||2 days|
|Lesson Title||Civil Rights in Iowa|
|Unit Compelling Question||Why were Civil Rights so important to American History, and why are they still important today?|
This textbook, which was first created in 1893, was used to teach German speakers how to read, write, and speak English. In May 1918, Iowa Governor William Harding issued the Babel Proclamation, which made it illegal for anyone to speak any language other than English in public, in schools, and in church. In the months that followed this proclamation, textbooks like this replaced German textbooks used in places such as the Amana Colonies, where most of the population spoke German. This marked one of the first steps towards standardized education in Iowa.
Governor Harding of Iowa began a language ban on writing and speaking German, that soon found its way into businesses, schools, and everyday life. Schools began to use English resources only, German families began to alter the spelling of their last name, common German foods were changed to a more American version and German newspaper/magazines were no longer printed. Harding found the ban legal under the First Amendment, explaining that citizens were entitled to freedom of speech as long as it is spoken in the native English language.
This textbook is in the collection of the Amana Heritage Society.~ Teaching Iowa History Team
|Lesson Supporting Question|
The unit as a whole is over the Civil Rights Movement, but will be broken down into four sections : Civil Rights, Racial Civil Rights, Women's Suffrage, and Civil Rights today. This plan is for the Racial Civil rights section, but instead we will be looking at the struggle immigrants faced when coming to this country along with some of the laws and restrictions that were put in place on these immigrants.
|Primary Sources Used|
|Lesson Themes||Immigrants, World War I, World War II|
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|Author||Brandon Wittstock||Reviewer||Dr. Lisa Millsaps, University of Northern Iowa||Created||05/23/2019||Last Edited||08/22/2019|
|Lesson Plan Development Notes: Teaching Methods, University of Northern Iowa, Fall 2018|