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Baseball: America’s Home Run

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Baseball-related results in the Smithsonian Learning Lab

Connection to Classrooms Everywhere

Smithsonian Learning Lab combines millions of Smithsonian digital images, recordings, text, and videos and makes them available for organized and structured teaching. Teachers can access high-quality digital resources and use the interactive tools on the site to create content for their classrooms. Smithsonian education experts will use baseball as the theme for collections that will be available for teachers in the DC Public School System and across the country. Teachers locally will have the opportunity to learn directly from museum educators in our teacher workshops. One sample is presented below.


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Segregation, Integration, and the Civil Rights Movement in Baseball and the United States Postal Service collection in the Smithsonian Learning Lab

Segregation, Integration, and the Civil Rights Movement in Baseball and the United States Postal Service (9 – 12 years old)

Issues of racial inequality have had profound effects on all aspects of American society and its many institutions. In conjunction with the National Postal Museum’s upcoming exhibition, Baseball: America’s Home Run, this collection will assist teachers in examining the complicated and problematic history of segregation, integration, and the Civil Rights Movement with their students through two important institutions of the 20th Century: Major League Baseball and the United States Postal Service. In the classroom, these artifacts, articles, and videos can be used to explore the common and diverging ways that segregation manifested itself in Major League Baseball and the Postal Service. Students will also be able to explore how individuals in both institutions combatted this segregation through movements for integration and, beyond that, a broader expansion of opportunity for African-American individuals in these institutions. Students will also have the opportunity to analyze the thematic significance of artistic depictions of African-American and white ballplayers and, more specifically, what these depictions communicated about these two racial groups and their place in the sport of baseball.