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“Tales from the City” is intended for use with tenth grade college track students. The unit combines black history and literature through a study of the Great Migration and stories and poems, written by black authors, which take place in the city.
The Great Migration of blacks from the Deep South to the North had a profound impact on our country. Labor and housing markets changed; economic improvement for blacks was often met by racial prejudice and restrictive laws. Life in the large cities where migrants tended to settle was more often than not viewed as better than “back home,” despite its drawbacks.
Stories and poems for reading and discussion are by the authors mentioned in the first paragraph, as well as “human interest” stories from the newspaper. It is intended that each reading and discussion be followed by a writing assignment.
(Recommended for College Track English, grade 10)
Harlem Renaissance Literature Black History Biography American