Resources - College

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Historical Narratives

Warmth of Other Suns
The Warmth of Other Suns
Isabel Wilkerson
Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities from 1915 to 1970. Wilkerson compares this epic migration to the migrations of other peoples in history. She interviewed more than a thousand people, and gained access to new data and official records, to write this definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves.
Taking Local Control
Taking Local Control: Immigration Policy Activism in U.S. Cities and States
Monica Varsanyi
Drawing on high profile cases involving the policy decisions of cities and states with regard to undocumented immigrants, this volume offers perspectives from political scientists, legal scholars, sociologists, and geographers on state and local immigration policy.
"Pullman Porters and the Rise of Protest Politics in Black America, 1925-1945
Beth Tompkins Bates
Between World War I and World War II, African Americans' quest for civil rights took on a more aggressive character as a new group of black activists challenged the politics of civility traditionally embraced by old-guard leaders in favor of a more forceful protest strategy. Beth Tompkins Bates traces the rise of this new protest politics--which was grounded in making demands and backing them up with collective action--by focusing on the struggle of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters (BSCP) to form a union in Chicago, headquarters of the Pullman Company.
Black Chicago: The Making of a Negro Ghetto
Black Chicago: The Making of a Negro Ghetto, 1890-1920
Allan H. Spear
Allan Spear explores the history of a major Negro community during a crucial thirty-year period when a relatively fluid patter of race relations gave way to a rigid system of segregation and discrimination.


Resources for Teaching

Teach Freedom
Teach Freedom
Charles Payne
This dynamic anthology is about those forms of education intended to help people think more critically about the social forces shaping their lives and think more confidently about their ability to react against those forces.


March 23, 2015
NYT's new interactive Mapping Migrations tool shows where people in each state were born with data from 1900, 1950 and 2012!

March 20, 2015
Curriculum Modules Updates:
Latino Migrations (college level)

Describe Latino Populations (middle school)

Introduction to Reading Census Maps

March 1, 2015
Chicago Election Results in Relation to 2013 School Closings

February 27, 2015
GIS Map Shows Chicago Election Results

10 Steps for Using Social Explorer YouTube tutorial is here! Check it out here!

Featured Artifact
Cooper Center Racial Dot Map
One Dot Per Person: the Cooper Center's Racial Dot Map

The map displays one dot for each person residing in the United States at the location they were counted during the 2010 Census. Each dot is color-coded by the individual's race and ethnicity.