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Historical Documents - Articles, Magazines, Accounts, etc.

Magazine Articles

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From the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture
From Newspapers, Magazines, and Journals
From Oklahoma State University Writing Project - Greenwood Race Massacre Resources
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Much of what we know about the 1921 Tulsa Race (Riot) Massacre springs from historical records, documents, artifacts, and personal accounts of survivors. The lives of those connected to 1921 speak beyond the atrocities of what took place during the Tulsa Race Massacre. There are also pioneers who established a presence within Tulsa’s Greenwood District and contributed to the vitality of Black Wall Street of 1921 and beyond.

Reading of Historical Documents:

When reading historical sources, such as magazines and

newspapers, readers have the opportunity to examine the

cultural activities that were going on in the contemporary

periods in which the publication occurred, so readers should 

review other stories in the same publication that help 

provide context to the values and events that influenced

thinking and behavior.  The details provided within the stories

also give helpful information to know specific names, time

frames, and locations to compare other accounts of similar

stories or events.


Sample documents show how historical documents 

give context to the times of Greenwood as a community

influenced by the broader Tulsa, Oklahoma, setting

Click the following links to download samples of documents about


Letter from Buck Colbert Franklin
First Hand Account of the Race Massacre
Miscellaneous Artifacts of Interest

Sample Guiding Questions – To Accompany Reading Articles/Newspapers/Journals


Reading Suggestions:

Begin by reading the story or account with a critical approach to improve your

understanding of content.


Consider this guiding approach for questioning:

Before You Read:

  • Look at the title of the piece of writing to get an idea about the

     subject matter.

  • Think about what you already know about the topic from other sources.

  • Think about your purpose for reading.

  • Skim the piece of writing to help you select appropriate reading strategies for the specific piece.  



While You Read:

  • Focus your attention on the piece of writing.

  • Use context clues to help you understand unfamiliar words and terminology.

  • Pick out main ideas.

  • Think about how the details and facts provided relate back to the main ideas.

  • Distinguish between facts and opinions.


After You Read:

  • Reflect on what you have read.

  • Summarize what you learned from your reading.

  • Ask yourself what questions you have as a result of your reading.

  • Seek additional information about the topic and your questions from reliable/expert sources.

As you read through magazines/articles, use the following questions to guide your reading process:

Before I Read:

1. Based on the title, I thought the piece of writing was about....

2. Some things I already know about this topic are....

3. My purpose for reading this article was....

4. After I skimmed the article, some strategies I decided to use when I read it were....

While I Read:

1. The unfamiliar words/terms I encountered are listed below along with what I think each wordmeant in the


2. The main idea(s) of the article are listed below.

3. Important details and facts I found to support these main ideas were....

4. Opinions that were used in the article included....

5. Ways that facts and opinions were used to support an idea or argument were....

6. Inferences made in the articles included....

7. The tone of this piece of writing suggested...

After I Read:

1. I had the following thoughts/reflections about the piece of writing....

2. I could summarize this piece of writing by saying....

3. The questions I had about this topic after reading this piece of writing were....

4. Some other sources I could use to learn more about the topic or my questions could include...

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