Social Studies

Cassius Clay | In Their Own Words: Muhammad Ali

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Explore the early years of Cassius Clay’s professional boxing career in this excerpt from In Their Own Words: Muhammad Ali. Learn how Ali's bold, outspoken self-promotion and his campaign to dethrone heavyweight champion Sonny Liston made Ali a champion and a public figure. During this time Ali dedicates his life to the principles of Nation of Islam.

The Vietnam War | In Their Own Words: Muhammad Ali

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Learn about heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali's decision to not fight in the Vietnam War in this excerpt from In Their Own Words: Muhammad Ali. The controversy over his anti-draft stand forces Ali to fight his next boxing bouts overseas. When he refuses induction into the Army in April of 1967, Ali is stripped of his title and license to box in all 50 states.

The Commonwealth | In Their Own Words: Queen Elizabeth II

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Learn about the challenges to Britain's Commonwealth countries in this excerpt from In Their Own Words: Queen Elizabeth II. Many of the Commonwealth countries challenge the throne. In South Africa, resistance to apartheid is met with deadly violence.

U.S. Veteran Describes Experiences as a Helicopter Pilot in the Vietnam War | Iowans Remember Vietnam

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A United States Marine veteran describes his experiences as a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War. His duties ranged from delivering mail, to troop insertion and extraction, and picking up wounded soldiers. This segment from Iowa Public Television's Iowans Remember Vietnam documentary includes historical archival footage and first-person accounts to describe events and experiences of the war.

Opposition to the Vietnam War in the United States | Iowans Remember Vietnam

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As opposition to the Vietnam War grew, protests erupted in communities and college campuses across the United States. In May of 1970, four students were killed by Ohio National Guard troops on the campus of Kent State University in Ohio during a protest. The deaths shocked the nation and brought attention to the unrest of the times. This segment from Iowa Public Television's Iowans Remember Vietnam documentary includes archival footage and and first-person accounts from a news reporter, protester, and draft resistor from the era.

How ISIS Steals Oil to Stay in Power

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Hear about ISIS's multi-million dollar oil siphoning operation with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from October 18, 2015.

What Do Early Election Polls Tell Us? | PBS NewsHour

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See how early poll numbers in a presidential race do not often predict the party’s nominee with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from December 10, 2015.

Podcast Renews Controversy Over Soldier Who Abandoned Post | PBS NewsHour

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Find out why so much controversy surrounds the case of a soldier that left his post with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from December 10, 2015.

Paint Creek and the Mine Wars

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Examine the labor struggles that lead to the Paint Creek Mine War and its impact on West Virginia labor history.

Aborigines' Connections to the First Australians | First Peoples: Australia

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Australian Aborigines, the oldest continual culture anywhere in the world, claim that one of their "songlines"—ancient star charts they have used for tens of thousands of years to navigate their land and find each other—refers back to the original crossing from Asia to Australia. In this clip, Gali Yalkarriwuy, an elder of the Yolngu people, performs the "morning star dance," which appears to be connected with the culture of early humans in Australia.

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