external image the+watsons+go+to+birmingham-1963.jpgThe Watsons Go to Birmingham in set in the 1960's. This was a time in our history where people, events, and movements began to change America. Racism and the Civil Rights Movement dominated most of the decade. The Black Power Movement with the Black Panthers and the rise of Muslim leader Malcolm X helped to change the culture we lived in. We saw the rise and fall of both President John F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We saw social change with the additions of Constitutional amendments.

With the escaltion of the war in Vietnam during the late 1960's we saw the additional constitutional amendment: Twenty-sixth Amendment (1971): Prohibits the federal government and the states from forbidding any citizen of age 18 or greater to vote on account of their age. (Full text).

During this time we saw the rise of drug use, the rise of Rock and Roll as a musical art form, and we the spread of communal living, and hippies and "flower power." Those that lived in California witnessed the Infamous Manson Family murders. "In 1967, thousands of young people entered the Haight-Ashbury district during what became known as the Summer of Love. The San Francisco Sound emerged as an influential force in rock music, with such acts as Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead achieving international prominence. These groups blurred the boundaries between folk, rock and jazz traditions and further developed rock's lyrical content" from Wikipedia.

In this unit, we will read the book, and discuss many significant parts of it. We will do some activities that relate to the 1960's and will have some fun with it.

As I have stated before, you will have 2 large assignments that you will work at home and at school. The first is an interview of someone who lived during the 1960's. The other is a faux-Facebook page of someone famous in the 1960's. You can find the link for the Faux-Facebook page here to download. For the interview you will find it on the classroom website.

I will placing some discussion questions up the discussion board for this page. Look for it. I will also put the questions on our blog for you to rspond to.This will go towards your grade.