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Hayti and Urban Renewal in Durham

Activity Overview

  1. You'll be split up into small groups, and each group will be assigned a set of documents (see below) to examine.
  2. Within your groups, decide who is going to look at each source. Coordinate so that every document in the set gets analyzed by someone. 
  3. Spend some time (10-15 minutes) reading and investigating your document. Use the "Individual Analysis Questions" below to guide your analysis. Take notes as you go so you're prepared to share with your group. Some of the documents are long - don't feel like you need to read the whole thing! Skim to find the most salient points, then do a closer reading of those parts.
  4. After everyone in your group has had a chance read and analyze their documents on their own, work with your group to share your sources and respond to the "Group Analysis Questions" below. Assign someone in your group to take notes so you're ready to report back to the class.
  5. Finally, each group will share what they’ve learned with the whole class, As the groups share, think about how your set of documents connects to the others, note common themes you notice, and ask questions of each other.

Individual Analysis Questions

  1. Why was the source you’re looking at created?  Is there a specific point the creator was trying to make? Even if there’s not an argument being made, what messages come across?
  2. Whose voices are present in your document? Whose voices are absent?
  3. What sort of information can your source tell you about Hayti or urban renewal in Durham?
  4. Name one aspect that stands out to you - a sentence, an image, or some other feature.

Group Analysis Questions

Working with your groupmates, briefly share your sources with one another and collaborate to answer these questions:

  1. You each encountered a different perspective on Hayti and/or urban renewal in Durham. How do your sources differ in how they describe or represent Hayti?
  2. Based on these sources, what would you tell a friend about the history of Hayti and urban renewal?
  3. What choices did your group make as you thought about what you’d tell a friend about the history of Hayti? Were there sources you gave more weight than others in your interpretation? Why?