Background Material for _A Lesson Before Dying_ and other YA books involving Civil Rights of African-Americans

Background vocabulary

separate but equal

boycott

integration

segregation

prejudice

apartheid

equality

demonstration

emancipation

enfranchisement

Ku Klux Klan

civil rights

stereotype

Jim Crow laws

race

N.A.A.C.P.

reconstruction

Pacifist

dialect

night rider

bussing

ethnic background

Find out how much students already know about civil rights and the U.S.'s history of equality. Here are some dates to keep the book in perspective.

Time Line