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    • Anal Unit 5: African Diaspora & the Mississippi Delta Ethics, Values & Effective Citizenship Unit 5: African Diaspora & the Mississippi Delta Citizens of African descent are found throughout the Diaspora. Their life chances have been marred by poliOcal discriminaOon, economic servitude, state‐sanctioned and non‐state sanctioned terror, and some intergenera‐ Oonal familial dysfuncOon. Using the Mississippi Delta of the twenOeth and nineteen centuries, examine three books on the Mississippi Delta that were wriIen in the last five years. What recommendaOons did the writers make that might transform the Delta? What role, if any, has globalizaOon played in the material poverty of the Delta? Unit Description: In 1967, Senator Robert Kennedy and others visited the Mississippi Delta, a predominantly African American region, and other depressed areas of the United States. What he and others witnessed shed light on the grinding poverty and lack of opportuniOes for the people of this region. Over the decades since Kennedy’s visit, the Delta has not seen great improvement. This unit will explore these issues as well as the policy implicaOons for the Delta. Unit Narrative: Key literature will be offered that will provide insight into the problems of the Mississippi Delta. Next, day‐to‐day assignments will be offered to help students understand the region and what forces acted to maintain disenfranchisement of its African American ciO‐ zens. Students will learn about the on‐line Sovereignty Commission database and review perOnent secOons of selected literature. Students will focus on terrorism by looking at the Ku Klux Klan and similar non‐state supported terrorist organizaOons, as well as state‐supported groups such as the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission and the CiOzens’ Council. Students will also review civil rights acOviOes/legislaOon that influenced the condiOon of the Mississippi Delta. Finally, a brief historical, socio‐demographic narraOve of the region will be considered. 31
    • Schedule Day 1: Mississippi Delta Geography, People & Culture Day 2: Politics & Race in the Mississippi Delta Day 3: Mississippi Sovereignty Commission Day 4: Effects of Globalization in the Delta Economy Day 5: Reading Discussion Day 6: Reading Discussion Day 7: Reading Discussion Day 8: “Pair-share-group-share” Unit Ques?ons 1. What recommendaOons did the writers make that might transform the Delta? 2. What role, if any, has globalizaOon played in the material poverty of the Delta? Suggested Texts AusOn, Sharon Wright.The Transforma5on of Planta5on Poli5cs: Black Poli5cs, Concentrated Poverty, and Social Capital in the Mississippi Delta (Suny Series in African American Studies). 2006. Cobb, James C. The Most Southern Place on Earth: The Mississippi Delta and the Roots of Regional Iden5ty. 1994. Rogers, Kim Lacy. Life and Death in the Delta: African American Narra5ves of Violence, Resilience, and Social Change (Palgrave Studies in Oral History). 2006. Woodruff, Elizabeth. American Congo: The African American Freedom Struggle in the Delta. 2003. Class Schedule Day 1: Define Diaspora. Introduce the Mississippi Delta geography, people, culture, facts, etc. Display video clips and photos of Mississippi Delta culture (historical and current). Assign readings from selected unit texts. See Day 1 Assignment. • History of migraOon and oppression • InOmately Oed to southern plantaOon economy • Sharecropping • Great MigraOon • Return MigraOon • Banality of Racism • Defining the Delta Region • Census, income, and educaOon data Day 2 (See outline in Appendix): Introduce poliOcs and race in Mississippi Delta. Discuss state and non‐state sancOoned terror. Display Sovereignty Commission Online example.
    • Show clip from documentary, Eyes on the Prize, (and/or on Day 3, as well). See Day 2 Assignment. Day 3 (See Outline in Appendix): Share Sovereignty Commission Online student findings. Present guest speaker. 32 Day 4: Define globalizaOon (refer to definiOon in Accidental Guerilla, p. 8). Discuss the effects of globalizaOon on the economy of the Mississippi Delta. Display MPR audio clip. • Arguably, globalizaOon has played an important role in the material poverty of Delta populaOon. • Kilcullen (2009) defines globalizaOon as “a technology–enabled process of improved communica‐ Oons and transportaOon that enables the freer movement of goods, people, money, technology, ideas, and cultures across and within internaOonal borders.” • A Brief History • The Mississippi Delta is an alluvial plain which according to the writer Paul Cohen “begins in the lobby of the Peabody Hotel in Memphis and ends on CaLish Row in Vicksburg.” • Social Challenges • The Delta region is notorious for both individual and insOtuOonal acts of racism which has impacted its economic progress. • Economic Challenges • The Delta’s racial legacy, the poliOcal disenfranchisement of African Americans and racial segregaOon are considered by many as contribuOng factors to poverty in the Delta. • Housing Challenges • In this region, African Americans are less likely to own a home than whites. Only 53% of African American householders in the Lower Mississippi Delta are homeowners. (Issues of manufactured homes in the Delta) Day 5 (Alternate Selec?ons): Introduce classroom acOviOes for the day’s selected text excerpts already read by students. AusOn, Sharon Wright. The Transforma5on of Planta5on Poli5cs: Black Poli5cs, Concentrated Poverty, and Social Capital in the Mississippi Delta (Suny Series in African American Studies). 2006. • Compare data tables selected in Chapters 2 and 4. • Chapter 2: “Delta PlantaOon Economy” • Chapter 4: “TransformaOon of the Delta’s Economy?” • Tables on income, educaOon, poliOcal posiOons, etc. will be compared and discussed OR Introduce classroom acOviOes for the day’s selected text excerpts already read by students. Cobb, James C. (1994). The Most Southern Place on Earth: The Mississippi Delta and the Roots of Regional Iden5ty. • The most famous historiographical text on the Mississippi Delta • Poverty and CreaOvity in the Mississippi Delta Day 6:
    • Introduce classroom acOviOes for the day’s selected text excerpts already read by students. Rogers, Kim Lacy. Life and Death in the Delta: African American Narra5ves of Violence, Resilience, and Social Change (Palgrave Studies in Oral History). 2006. 33 • “This book is about the life stories of African American community acOvists in the Mississippi Delta from the 1930s through the 1990s,” p. 2. • Based on Delta Oral History Project • Dickinson College of Pennsylvania and Tougaloo College • Ninety‐five interviews • Major themes center on improved race relaOons on the one hand, and loss of Oght‐knit African American communiOes on the other. Day 7: Introduce classroom acOviOes for the day’s selected text excerpts already read by students. Woodruff, Elizabeth. American Congo: The African American Freedom Struggle in the Delta. 2003. • Students will uOlize selected book review to discuss issues presented in the text. • The text compares the Mississippi Delta to condiOons found in the Congo. • Jeffries, Hasan Kwame, 1973‐ . (2004). “American Congo: The African American Freedom Struggle in the Delta (Review).” Journal of Social History 38.2 (Winter 2004): 534‐536. Day 8: Have students do a “Pair‐Share‐Group‐Share” acOvity in order to do a quick overview of each student’s paper. • Students will bring unit papers to class in order to share their results. • Students will share in pairs for 5 minutes. • Students will share in groups of 4 for 10 minutes. • Students will select one paper to share in full class from each group of 4 for remainder of 50‐ minute period. Class Assignments Day 1 Research Assignment: The instructor will direct students to Wikipedia (resources links), YouTube.com, and Google.com to do peripheral search on the Mississippi Delta and return to the next class ready to discuss posiOve and negaOve percepOons of the region. Day 2 Research Assignment: The instructor will direct students to Sovereignty Commission Online to do a specific search on selected persons, places, or organizaOons and review aIached files and return to the next class ready to discuss their findings. Days 5‐7 Reading Assignment: The instructor will direct students to read specific excerpts from the 3 selected texts and return to class
    • ready to discuss perOnent issues of the Mississippi Delta found in the readings. For instance, focus on personal narraOves in the Rogers text, educaOon and poliOcs in the AusOn text, and/or Diaspora compara Oves and economics in the Woodruff text. 34 Day 8 Composi?on Assignment: Based on classroom acOviOes, readings, speakers, resources, discussions, and their own criOcal thinking, the students will compose a 3‐5 page essay addressing the 2 overall unit quesOons. The student should provide a research‐based argument that is documented in APA or MLA (instructor’s preference). Use JSU standard English rubric to score. 35