1619 Unit Plan: Understanding the Racial Wealth Gap

Posted by Pulitzer Center on June 7, 2022

Students explore resources about wealth theft from Black Americans across U.S. history in order to research and propose a comprehensive solution.

This unit was created by 10th grade African American History Educators in Philadelphia, PA, as part of the 2021 cohort of The 1619 Project Education Network. It is designed for facilitation across approximately 2-3 weeks, or eight class periods.

In this unit, students will explore the wealth theft from Black Americans that has repeatedly occurred from 1619 to the present. They will look at ways Black Americans have resisted this and consider what solutions they might be able to envision for the ongoing racial wealth gap in the United States. At the end of the unit, students will consider a problem they have explored in the unit and create a proposal for a comprehensive solution. Innovative solutions are the goal. Students should not be limited by what is “practical.” The forms offered for the final project are photo essay, expert presenter presentation, podcast, and zine.

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