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Media Center: TKaM & Raisin in the Sun: Background

History That Informs Fiction

Directions: With a partner, you will research on the following topics, create and present an informative PowerPoint (Google Slide) presentation. Topics will be assigned.


  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt's 1st Inaugural address
  • The New Deal
  • Stock Market Crash of 1929
  • Segregation and the Jim Crow laws
  • Reconstruction
  • Scottsboro Trial
  • Great Depression
  • The Missouri Compromise
  • The Election of 1876 & The Compromise of 1877
  • Plessy vs. Ferguson 1896
  • The 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Constitution
  • The Confederacy and Civil War

Online Resources - TKaM

  Gale Virtual Reference Library (ebooks, trial period password only: trials)*

   ABC-CLIO American History*

   Britannica*: general encyclopedia

  History in Context*:

  SIRS Knowledge Source*

 Oxford University Press* (trial login: mcps/mcps)

 History Channel's companion website



Print Resources

Search the Magruder catalog for titles related to your topic.


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Your login is the same as you use to log into the school computers.

Research Tips!

When researching at home using the MCPS Online Services, you will need to access usernames/passwords from your teacher or in your online classroom (Google or myMCPS).  MCPS Online Services are marked with an asterisk (*).

Most of the articles from MCPS Online Services have MLA citations already created at the bottom of the webpage.  Feel free to copy/paste the citations into a text file (ex. Word) as you compile your bibliography.

This is part of the trial subscription offerings.  Refer to your handout for login information.  Trial subscriptions are marked with two asterisks (**).

 OWL (Online Writing Lab) at Purdue University - Citation formats.  Remember to use MLA format.