Economics and the Great Migration Curriculum

The “Economics and the Great Migration” lessons were developed with the goal of teaching the economics behind the Great Migration and the lasting impact the Great Migration had on American society. The three lessons provide a short story arc. The first lesson uses the art of Jacob Lawrence to teach the history and economics behind the early years of the Great Migration. The second lesson teaches about the Harlem Renaissance, of which Jacob Lawrence was a part, as well as the economic and societal challenges Harlem faced over the years. Finally, the last lesson studies the practice of redlining, whose impacts on neighborhoods are still felt today over 50 years after its abolishment.

The lessons engage students in thoughtful group work and discussion by incorporating primary source documents. These documents include a variety of media, including art, interactive maps, and music. The lessons can be taught independently or as a unit of study on the Great Migration. They can be used in a variety of courses but have direct connections to economics and history classes.

Download the complete curriculum unit or individual lessons (.pdf). PowerPoint slides (.pptx) are provided for the lessons that have visual content.

Lesson 1: Jacob Lawrence’s The Migration Series

This first lesson in the Great Migration curriculum uses the art of Jacob Lawrence to teach the history and economics behind the early years of the Great Migration.

Lesson 2: Harlem’s Journey

This second lesson in the series teaches about the Harlem Renaissance, of which Jacob Lawrence was a part, as well as the economic and societal challenges Harlem faced over the years.

Lesson 3: The Origins of Wealth Inequality in America

This last lesson studies the practice of redlining, whose impacts on neighborhoods are still felt today over 50 years after its abolishment.

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Education Level: 9-12
Subjects: Civics/Government Economics History
Concepts: Demand Discrimination Equity Gentrification Incentives Net/Worth Wealth Wealth/Inequality Redlining Supply
Resource Types: Instructional Guide C3 Framework
Languages: English
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