Read the definitions of the Ku Klux Klan and lynching below, look at the pictures, then answer questions 5.1 and 5.2 on your worksheet.

Ku Klux Klan
a secret organization in the southern U.S., active for several years after the civil war, which aimed to suppress [put an end to] the newly acquired [gotten] powers of blacks... which was responsible for many lawless and violent proceedings. - dictionary.reference.com

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Lynch
to put to death, especially by hanging, by mob action and without legal authority.
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"Lynching in Marion, Indiana 1930." Civil Rights in the United States. Ed. Waldo E. Martin, Jr. and Patricia Sullivan. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2010. Gale U.S. History In Context. Web. 15 Feb. 2012.

Now, read through the poem below, then click on the box to hear the song being sung by the famous blues singer, Billie Holiday. When you're finished, answer questions 5.3 and 5.4 on your worksheet.

Strange Fruit by Abe Meeropol (1939)

Southern trees bear a strange fruit,
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,
Black body swinging in the Southern breeze,
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.

Pastoral scene of the gallant South,
The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth,
Scent of magnolia sweet and fresh,
And the sudden smell of burning flesh!

Here is a fruit for the crows to pluck,
For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck,
For the sun to rot, for a tree to drop,
Here is a strange and bitter crop.

Click below to see a video of the famous singer, Billie Holiday, performing this song.


One of the most important events in bringing about the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's was the murder of 14-year old Emmett Till. Click the link to read the article about what happened to him, then answer questions 5.5 through 5.9 on your worksheet.



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Emmett Till - Garrow, David J. "Emmett Till case." World Book Online Reference Center. World Book, 2012. Web. 24 Feb. 2012.

Read the poem on the right called "The Money Mississippi
Blues".

The Money Mississippi Blues (1955)

Langston Hughes

I don’t want to go to Money, honey,

not Money, Mississippi!

no, I wouldn’t go to Money, honey,

down in Mississippi.

There’s pity, sorrow, and pain

in Money, Mississippi.

Tears and blood like rain

in Money, Mississippi,

in Money, Mississippi!


His father died for democracy

fighting in the army over the sea.

His father died for the U. S. A.

Why did they treat his son this a-way?

in Money, Money, Mississippi,

Money, Mississippi.

His mother worked to raise her child,

dressed him neat, kept him from running wild.

She sent him to the country when vacation came,

but he never got back to Chicago the same.

They sent him back in a wooden box

----from Money, Money, Mississippi,

Money, Mississippi.


Like old boy, just fourteen years old,

shot, kicked, and beaten ‘cause he was so bold

to whistle at a woman who was white.

He was throwed in the river in the dead of night

In Money, Money, Mississippi,

Money, Mississippi.

I don’t want to go to Money, honey,

not Money, Mississippi.

No, I wouldn’t want to go to Money, honey,

down in Mississippi.

There’s pity, sorrow, and pain

in Money, Mississippi!

Tears and blood like rain

in Money, Mississippi,in Money, Mississippi!


No, I wouldn’t want to go

for no kind o’ Money

to Money, Mississippi,

not Money, Mississippi!

Money, Mississippi!



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