Updated! This video is a classroom demonstration of Lesson 35: The Economics of Racial Discrimination from CEE’s Understanding Economics in U.S. History publication.
The video starts with an introduction by two educators describing the lesson, followed by a demonstration of the lesson being taught to teachers in the classroom.
In this lesson the students examine Jim Crow segregation laws and discuss the costs of racial segregation.
They examine an economic mystery about segregation, using the Guide to Economic Reasoning.
Finally, they read and discuss an essay about Homer Plessy and Rosa Parks.
During the late 1800s and throughout the first half of the twentieth century, racial segregation was enforced throughout the South by legislation and by informal codes of culture. African Americans in the South resisted the legal and social codes that kept them poor and powerless, but they had relatively little success until the 1950s.