Teaching Materials

Oct. 23, 1947: An Appeal to the World

The NAACP sent to the U.N. a document titled “An Appeal to the World,” to redress human rights violations the United States committed against its African-American citizens.
Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960
Themes: African American, Democracy & Citizenship, Racism & Racial Identity
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Oct. 24, 1871: Los Angeles Chinatown Massacre

A lynch mob of 500 Anglo and Latino Los Angelinos rioted and murdered at least 18 Chinese residents after a white civilian died in a shootout.
Time Periods: Reconstruction Period: 1865 - 1876
Themes: Asian American, Laws & Citizen Rights, Racism & Racial Identity
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Oct. 24, 1970: Salvador Allende Became President of Chile

Salvador Allende became president of Chile and adopted policies for the social good such as raising minimum wage and increasing access to health care and education.
Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: US Foreign Policy, World History/Global Studies
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Oct. 25, 1868: St. Bernard Parish Massacre

The St. Bernard Parish (Louisiana) massacre of African Americans was carried out by white men to terrorize the recently emancipated voters.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Reconstruction Period: 1865 - 1876
Themes: African American, Reconstruction, Democracy & Citizenship, Racism & Racial Identity
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Oct. 25, 1958: Youth March for Integrated Schools

A. Philip Randolph, Jackie Robinson, Coretta Scott King, Harry Belafonte, Bayard Rustin, and more led a Youth March for Integrated Schools in Washington, D.C.
Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Education
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Oct. 26, 2001: PATRIOT Act Signed

President George W. Bush signed the USA PATRIOT Act, which rolled back civil liberties for U.S. citizens and immigrants.
Time Periods: 2001 - Present
Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights
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Oct. 27, 1994: U.S. Prison Population Exceeds One Million

The U.S. Justice Department announced that the prison population topped one million for the first time in U.S. history.
Time Periods: Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000
Themes: African American, Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights, Racism & Racial Identity
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Oct. 3, 1935: Ethiopia Invaded by Italy

Ethiopia was invaded by Fascist Italy under Benito Mussolini.
Time Periods: Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: Imperialism, Racism & Racial Identity, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, World History/Global Studies
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Oct. 30, 1959: Luther Jackson Murdered

Luther Jackson was murdered by Philadelphia, Mississippi policeman Lawrence Rainey.
Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Racism & Racial Identity
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Oct. 31, 1891: Coal Creek War

During the Coal Creek War, there was a labor uprising to protest convict leasing.
Time Periods: Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899
Themes: African American, Criminal Justice & Incarceration, Labor
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Oct. 4, 1961: Burglund High School Walkout

Burglund students walked out in response to the expulsions of their classmates and the murder of Herbert Lee.
Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements
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Oct. 6, 1917: Fannie Lou Hamer Born

Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer, a civil rights activist, was born in Montgomery County, Mississippi.
Time Periods: World War I: 1910 - 1919
Themes: African American, Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights, Organizing
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