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Jackie Robinson Writes the White House

Focusing on Details: Spotlight

All documents and text associated with this activity are printed below, followed by a worksheet for student responses.

Introduction

Look closely at the document below and answer the questions that follow.


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Worksheet

Jackie Robinson Writes the White House

Focusing on Details: Spotlight

Examine the documents included in this activity and write your response in the space provided.


  • What are the author's emotions?
  • What is the author's motivation for writing?
  • Why do you think Jackie Robinson chose the White House as the audience for this letter?

Your Response




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Activity Element

Letter to Roland L. Elliott, Deputy Special Assistant to President Richard Nixon, from Jackie Robinson

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Conclusion

Jackie Robinson Writes the White House

Focusing on Details: Spotlight

Using evidence from the letter to support your answer, answer the following question:

  • What does Jackie Robinson's letter to the White House tell you about the success of the civil rights movement?


Your Response




Document

Letter to Roland L. Elliott, Deputy Special Assistant to President Richard Nixon, from Jackie Robinson

4/20/1972

National Archives Identifier: 7329808
Full Citation: Letter to Roland L. Elliott, Deputy Special Assistant to President Richard Nixon, from Jackie Robinson; 4/20/1972. [Online Version, https://www.docsteach.org/documents/document/letter-to-roland-elliott-deputy-special-assistant-to-president-richard-nixon-from-jackie-robinson, August 4, 2020]


Letter to Roland L. Elliott, Deputy Special Assistant to President Richard Nixon, from Jackie Robinson

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