Cry, the Beloved Country Fun Activities

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Movie Adaptations

Watch the 1951 and 1995 films of Cry, the Beloved Country. Compare what scenes or characters are emphasized or omitted. Does historical perspective add anything to the latter film? Does the fact that the films are American influence their storytelling and emphasis?

Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Read passages of Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe. Compare the characters of Uncle Tom and Stephen Kumalo. Research how effective or ineffective each book was within the civil rights movement of its time.


Write an obituary for Arthur Jarvis’ son, imagining he lived to be an old man. What would he grow up to be, and accomplish, given the influence of his father and grandfather? Read the obituaries out loud in class.

Final Letter

Write Absalom’s final letter to his parents on the day before he is hung. What would he have to say? Focus on the...

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