Oklahoma History

Standard 6: Modern Oklahoma: 1950-Present

Content Standard 6: The student will investigate how post-war social, political, and economic events continued to transform the state of Oklahoma from the 1950s through the present.
Evaluate the progress of race relations and actions of civil disobedience in the state including:
A. judicial interpretation of the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment which ultimately resulted in the desegregation of public facilities and public schools and universities
B. landmark Supreme Court cases of Sipuel v. Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma (1948) and McLaurin v. Oklahoma Board of Regents for Higher Education (1950)
C. lunch counter sit-ins organized by Clara Luper and the NAACP
D. leadership of Governor Gary in the peaceful integration of the public common and higher education systems.
Analyze the impact of economic growth in various sectors including:
A. impact of rural to urban migration
B. development of wind, water, and timber resources
C. continuing role of agriculture
D. emergence of tourism as an industry
E. development of the aerospace and aviation industry including the FAA and the influence of weather research on national disaster preparedness
F. oil and gas boom and bust, including the discovery of new fossil fuel resources
G. improvement of the state’s transportation infrastructures, such as the interstate highway system and the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System.
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Describe the artistic contributions of Oklahomans in the fields of music, art, literature, theater, and dance such as Ralph Ellison and the Five Indian Ballerinas.
Summarize the impact of individual Oklahomans’ leadership on state and national politics including political realignment.
Analyze the evolving relationship between state and tribal governments impacting tribal selfdetermination and control over American Indian lands and resources including issues of jurisdiction, taxation, and gaming.
Examine the migrations of major cultural and ethnic groups, including Asians, African Americans, American Indians, and Latinos to the state of Oklahoma and their impact on the social and economic transformation of the modern state of Oklahoma.
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Analyze the causes and effects of the domestic terrorist attack on the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City including the responses of Oklahomans to the act, concept of the “Oklahoma Standard” and the creation of the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum.
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Describe the changing perceptions, both internal and external, of the state and its citizens, as reflected in the Grapes of Wrath, the musical Oklahoma!, Route 66, and the professional basketball team the Oklahoma City Thunder.
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Examine ongoing issues including immigration, criminal justice reform, employment, environmental issues, race relations, civic engagement, and education.