Teaching Materials

May 26, 1937: Battle of the Overpass

The Battle of the Overpass occurred when union members were beaten by Ford Motor Co. reps for distributing leaflets.
Time Periods: Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: Economics, Labor
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May 27: Memorial Day

Learn about the people's history of Decoration Day (Memorial Day).
Time Periods: Reconstruction Period: 1865 - 1876
Themes: African American, Reconstruction, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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May 3, 1866: Memphis Massacre

White civilians and police killed 46 African-Americans and injured many more while burning houses, schools, and churches in Memphis, Tennessee.
Time Periods: Reconstruction Period: 1865 - 1876
Themes: African American, Reconstruction, Economics
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May 3, 1898: Septima Clark Born

Educator and civil rights organizer Septima Clark was born in South Carolina.
Time Periods: Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Education, Women's History
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May 30, 1937: Memorial Day Massacre

On Memorial Day, Chicago Police Department shot and killed ten unarmed demonstrators in Chicago.
Time Periods: Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: Labor
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May 30, 1942: Fred Korematsu Arrested

Fred Korematsu was arrested on a street corner in San Leandro, California for resisting Executive Order 9066, in which all people of Japanese descent were incarcerated in U.S. concentration camps. 
Time Periods: Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: Criminal Justice & Incarceration, Asian American, Democracy & Citizenship, Racism & Racial Identity, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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Tulsa Race Riot 1921

May 31, 1921: Tulsa Massacre

In what became known as the Tulsa Massacre, white supremacists destroyed a thriving Black community in Oklahoma.
Time Periods: Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: African American, Laws & Citizen Rights, Racism & Racial Identity
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May 4, 1886: Haymarket Tragedy

A peaceful demonstration in Chicago for the eight-hour day ended in tragedy when the police barge in, and a bomb is thrown and explodes.
Time Periods: Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899
Themes: Labor, Social Class
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May 4, 1970: Kent State Massacre

During an anti-war protest at Kent State University, the Ohio National Guard shot unarmed college students at Kent State University, killing four. Students were also killed at Jackson State (May 15, 1970), and Orangeburg (February 8, 1968).
Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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May 5, 1905: Chicago Defender Founded

Robert Sengstacke Abbott founded the highly influential newspaper, the Chicago Defender, with the tagline: American Race Prejudice Must Be Destroyed.
Time Periods: Turn of the Century: 1900 - 1909
Themes: African American, Media
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May 5: Rethinking Cinco De Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is actually the Battle of Puebla Day, commemorating the defeat of Napoleon III in 1862.
Time Periods: Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864
Themes: Latinx, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, World History/Global Studies
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May 6, 1882: Chinese Exclusion Act Signed

The 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act was signed which prohibited Chinese immigration.
Time Periods: Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899
Themes: Asian American, Immigration, Imperialism, Labor, Laws & Citizen Rights
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May 6, 1922: Gloria Richardson Born

Civil rights activist Gloria Richardson was born in Baltimore.
Time Periods: Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship
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May 7, 1954: Viet Minh Victory

The Viet Minh scored their final victory over the French at Dien Bien Phu.
Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960
Themes: US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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May 7, 1955: Murder of Rev. George W. Lee

Rev. George W. Lee, one of the first African Americans registered to vote in Humphreys County since Reconstruction and head of the Belzoni, Mississippi NAACP, was murdered.
Themes: African American, Laws & Citizen Rights, Racism & Racial Identity
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