American Reckoning Education Resource

The video segments for this activity come from _American Reckoning_, a PBS Frontline and Retro Report collaboration that examines a little-known story of the civil rights movement. This activity centers on the attempted murder of George Metcalfe and the response by the N.A.A.C.P. and Deacons for Defense chapters of Natchez, Miss.

American Reckoning: The Bombing

After civil rights leader George Metcalfe was severely injured in a car bombing, the Black community in Natchez, Miss., organized their response.

American Reckoning: Black Resistance

In the face of threats from the Ku Klux Klan, a group known as the Deacons for Defense helped to protect the Black community.

American Reckoning: The Boycott

The N.A.A.C.P. of Natchez, Miss., issued 12 demands for racial justice and organized a boycott of area businesses.

American Reckoning: The Legacy

In 1967, N.A.A.C.P. official Wharlest Jackson was killed in a car bombing. Nearly 60 years later, his family is still looking for answers.


In an interactive PBS LearningMedia curriculum based on Un(re)solved, students can explore civil rights history and race relations today. Learn about and speak the names of the many people whose lives were lost during the civil rights era and whose families still await justice.