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Texas Insights-March 2013

Texas Insights-March 2013

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Volume III, Issue 4
March 2013
What's New?
Educating the public aboutTexas's unique history is aprimary mission of theSan Jacinto Museum of History. The Museum hasreleased its in-depthCurriculum Guide for Teaching Texas History toaccomplish thisgoal. Written byeducational consultantYvonne Jackson Pittman,with contributions fromSan Jacinto MuseumCurator Elizabeth Applebyand Library Director Lisa Struthers, the 400 page guideprovides 90 complete lessons and over 40 studentactivities; more than 500 related images in the associatedonline Image Gallery; and many special sections that gobeyond the TEKS requirements with activities andenrichment materials that highlight some of the museum'sdiverse collections including chapters on Jesse Jones, thebuilding of the San Jacinto Monument and the TexasNavy.The online image galleryis sure to be popular with
students of any age or expertise. It contains images of photos, documents, newspaper articles, artifacts anddocument transcriptions. Although the images wereselected to correspond with lesson plans, it will also be anexcellent resource for genealogists, the general public,
In This Issue
Texas History News
publishers and journalists to identify media that they needfor their work and interests. Plans are in place to expandthe image gallery for broader use. Read More... 
Featured Institution
The Public Education Initiative
The social studies standardsimplemented in 2011-2012included increased emphasison religion, many directlyreferencing Judaism and itscontributions to world religionsand Western civilization'sculture, law, and values. Thephrases above, pulled directlyfrom the TEKS, are but a few examples.While the standards took effect in 2011, textbooks alignedwith the standards will not be available until 2015, meaningthat Texas educators must develop interesting,challenging-and accurate-TEKS-aligned curriculum andlesson plans from scratch. Teaching "about" religion isalways challenging, but even more so when one is notfluent in the tenets of a particular faith, particularly aminority yet foundational religion like Judaism. The realchallenge is locating accurate, pedagogically sound, andunbiased resources in our digital, Wikipedia-driven age.Read More... 
Black Texans in the CivilRights Movement
 By Michael GilletteExecutive Director Humanities TexasFor almost a century after theCivil War, black Texans faceddiscrimination in housing,education, employment, and public accommodations.They were barred from serving on juries and subjected torandom arrests, police brutality, and even lynching.Elected officials had little incentive to rectify theseinjustices, since African Americans were excluded fromvoting in the Democratic Party's primary election, the onlyelection that mattered. Therefore, black Texans turned tothe one branch of government open to them--the courts.It required extraordinary courage and perseverance for an African American to sue the State of Texas. The odds oprevailing against the white establishment in court werehardly favorable. A civil rights lawsuit was not onlyexpensive and time-consuming; it could also behazardous, resulting in physical or economic retaliation.Yet black Texans working through the state's NAACPbranches went to court again and again, filing scores of lawsuits against all forms of racial discrimination. Readmore... 

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