Lessons on African-American history span schools' curriculum in Ocean City, N.J., where students are learning about jazz and blues in music class and consumer sciences class examines "The History of Soul Food." Seventh-grade language arts literacy students are studying the Jim Crowe era and participate in a daily black history trivia contest, while Ocean City High School students examine the Amistad trial. "It generates a lot of really good discussion, on how our legal system evolved through history and affected modern civil rights," Matt Purdue, a history teacher at Ocean City High School, said of the 1839 Amistad trial.

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