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2009 History Fair Topic Suggestions

7- 8th Grade

Fugitive Slave act- Chicago's response Immigrant groups and struggles Labor Unions 1877 strike Women's voting rights Discrimination of women in the work force Civil Rights Movement Settlement houses Segregation of troops Discrimination of Native Americans Ending Black Codes in Illinois Student Sit-ins Abolitionist in Chicago

Arts and Culture Louis Armstrong as the Jazz Ambassador Willie Dixon as Artist and Producer Charlemae Rollins: Pioneering Librarian of Multiculturalism The Poet and Journalist Carl Sandburg Nelson Algren at Home on the Edges Gwendolyn Brooks and Third World Press Dear Abby: Advice in a Changing Society Vivian Harsh: Maker and Preserver of Black History Richard Durham and the Voices of Freedom Mahalia Jackson: Sacred Not Profane Harriet Monroe: Little Review, Big Impact Big Table of Paul Carroll Claude Barnett and the American Negro Press James Henry Breasted and the Beginnings of Egyptology John McCutcheon: Cartoon Commentator Chester Commodore: Cartoon Commentator Mary Livermore: Women’s Rights Pioneer The Discovery of Jean Baptiste Pointe Du Sable Charles Wacker: Sellling the Burnham Plan Walter Dyett: Band Teacher to DuSable and the World Daniel Burnham and City Beautiful Aaron Siskind and the Chicago School of Photography Walter Paepcke and the New Bauhaus Ella Flagg Young Takes on the School Board Rube Foster and the Negro Leagues What Role Chicago Played in the Life of Richard Wright Charles White: Artist of the Renaissance

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