- Preview the source by examining the cover sheet. Predict the content and purpose of the song.
- As you read the source, list Robert P. Jackson's reasons African-American workers at the time should have been hired and promoted.
- Identify from your list Jackson's most persuasive reason. Why was this a strong argument?
- Why was Jackson so critical of the Republican Party? Do you believe that criticism was justified? Why or why not?
Jackson, Robert P., "Will you ever give the colored race a show: an appeal to Congress words and music by Robt. P. Jackson," 1898. Courtesy of Library of Congress