Context and Contested

There are many different ways to teach this history, and one of the biggest questions for educators is deciding which contexts to connect this history with.  Will you be teaching this as part of a wider study of the Progressive Era?  Or will you try and connect it to Reconstruction or the Civil Rights Movement?  

This is also contested history, in the past and present.  How will you engage with questions of historical memory?  Some of the newspaper reports from this time, such as the one that lists four white people among the dead, are simply wrong.  But what do such reports tell us about the media during this time?  Or what do they tell us about any number of events from the past that unfold over a short period of time?