Abstract 9- Volume 2, Number 2, Summer 2007

Social Studies Research and Practice

Volume 2, Number 2, Summer 2007



Notable Trade Book Lesson Plan: Harlem Stomp! A Cultural History of the Harlem Renaissance

Lois McFadyen Christensen
University of Alabama at Birmingham


This lesson plan is an introduction to the Harlem Renaissance through the award winning, thorough, resource text for youth, Harlem Stomp! A Cultural History of the Harlem Renaissance by Laban Carrick Hill. The Harlem Borough was a place in New York where African Americans migrated and overtly celebrated their cultural capital and rich heritage from the turn of the Twentieth Century through the nineteen forties. Countless artists, writers, poets, musicians, philosophers, and intellectuals contributed to landscape which left an indelible historical identity. Equality and justice characterized the era, continued to influence the country through civil rights, and persists to the present day

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About the Author(s)…

Lois McFadyen Christensen is an associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is an elementary social studies specialist at the undergraduate and graduate levels. For the past six years, Dr. Christensen has facilitated a collaborative, cross-disciplined approach focused on the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement Course. Dr. Christensen’s publications and presentations pertain to social studies research, critical theory, and the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education.