1948 Louisville Town Hall Meeting
Newspaper Article vs. Audio
STEP 1: Students READ IN FULL the newspaper article, "Teacher
Protests Police Beat Son Brutally For Refusing to Confess Falsely
On Break-Ins." Courier-Journal [Louisville, KY] 5 Oct
1948: page/column. Microfilm.
STEP 2: As a group, the class discusses the article, breaking down the different views of
the initial incident, the public meeting, and how both are described in the newspaper article.
Suggested Discussion Questions
- Who was involved in the initial incident?
- When did the initial incident take place? What were the circumstances?
- Where was this event addressed publically and why?
- How were the participants in the initial event and the public meeting portrayed?
- What other observations about the incident can students make?
- Does this seem like an objective and/or fair description of the events?
STEP 3: Class listens to the actual
recording of Louisville resident Mr. Theodore Rowan, Sr. at Mayor Charles
Town Hall Meeting, held on the evening of 4 October 1948, City Hall, Louisville,
Revisit the same questions provided above.
- What differences do students notice between the reporting in the newspaper and the actual recording of the meeting?
- Why would an analysis of these differences be important to someone researching
- As a researcher, how might these two sources be used in a paper?
- How might this demonstrate the importance and usefulness of primary sources? Especially when used in concert with secondary sources?
Social justice--History--20th century.
This lesson plan is part of the Special Collections & Archives
program of primary source instruction in the Berea College
General Studies Curriculum. Specifically, this exercise supports
the GST 210 course. Plan developed by Harry Rice and contributed
by Jaime M. Bradley.
Please contact Jaime M. Bradley, College Archivist, for access to the materials in this lesson plan.
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