Missouri Digital Heritage :: Education :: Progress Among Prejudice :: Lesson Overview

Missouri State Archives
Progress Amidst Prejudice:
Portraits of African Americans in Missouri, 1880-1920

Guided Discussion Questions

  1. The curriculum is titled Progress Amidst Prejudice.
    1. In what ways had black Missourians at the time these portraits were taken made advances since the end of slavery?
    2. In what ways were black Missourians still struggling for equality and success?

  2. Why do you think so many African Americans in Missouri have migrated to urban areas?

  3. What is the purpose of studying a photograph collection like this?

  4. Why do you think the people and families in the portraits chose to spend money to have their photograph taken?

  5. Discuss the fact sheet.