Teaching Guide: Exploring Negro League Baseball

This teaching guide helps instructors use a specific primary source set, Negro League Baseball, in the classroom. It offers discussion questions, classroom activities, and primary source analysis tools. It is intended to spark pedagogical creativity by giving a sample approach to the material. Please feel free to share, reuse, and adapt the resources in this guide for your teaching purposes.

Discussion questions

  1. Cite specific textual evidence from the items in this set to describe some of the positive and negative experiences of African American baseball players in the Negro leagues from 1890 to 1947.

  2. Using the items in the set, explain how the former Negro League baseball players were treated in the 1960s. What do you think accounts for the change in treatment?

  3. Using the letter from Jackie Robinson to President Eisenhower to discuss whether professional athletes should take a stand on important issues in society.

  4. Use the foreword to Catching Dreams and the Congressional report to discuss the significance of the Negro Leagues in US history.

Classroom activities

Using the oral history interviews with Ernest Jones and James "Red" Moore, write an essay arguing that the Negro Leagues had a beneficial effect on the civil rights movement.

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