Share Paper: Using Census Reports with Google Earth to Track the Push and Pull Factors of the African-American Exoduster Migration from the South to Kansas following Reconstruction.

  1. Scott Scheuerell, Loras College, United States
Tuesday, April 12 11:30-11:50 AM Tidepool 3

Abstract: The presenter will share how Google Earth can be used by high school students to research local history topics. The presentation will specifically focus on the use of census reports to learn about African-American migration to a community in Kansas in 1879-1880. The presenter used census reports with high school students in Larned, KS to enable them to learn a great deal of demographic information about the history of their rural community on the Great Plains. Following Reconstruction, many African-Americans left the South for Kansas for a variety of reasons. The African-Americans who settled Kansas during the post-Reconstruction years were ...