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Growing up under Jim Crow in Birmingham, Alabama

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This video segment from the PBS series Finding Your Roots features Condoleezza Rice as she reflects on growing up in Birmingham, Alabama during the era of Jim Crow. Rice recalls the day four young African American girls were killed when a bomb was detonated at their church on September 15, 1963. Carol Denise McNair was eleven years old; Cynthia Wesley, Addie Mae Collins, and Carole Robinson were all fourteen years old. In addition to the four deaths, over twenty people were injured by the bomb.

Yellow Journalism and Fake News | Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People

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Learn about the rise of yellow journalism and the fine if occasionally wavering line between sensationalism and fake news in this series of videos from the American Masters film Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People. Learn about the impact of visual design in early newspapers and how it continues to influence media today. Discover the competitive tactics—that crossed the line into fake news—Joseph Pulitzer and William R. Hearst employed to outsell each other, particularly in their personal competition to sell newspaper during the Spanish-American War. Support materials include vocabulary, discussion questions, and teaching tips for engaging students through analyzing the visual design of Pulitzer’s paper and making connections to modern journalism and current issues surrounding fake news.

American Masters – Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People explores the remarkable man behind the prestigious prizes. A Jewish immigrant from Hungary, Joseph Pulitzer began as a gifted journalist before becoming a successful publisher and businessman. Pulitzer was famous in his own time for his outspoken and cantankerous editorial voice and his newspapers’ striking illustrations, visual style, national circulation, and financial success. Against the context of America’s explosive growth as a world force during the Gilded Age, Pulitzer emerges as the country’s first media titan, reshaping the newspaper to bear witness to and even propel that transformation. Joseph Pulitzer tirelessly championed what he regarded as the sacred role of the free press in a democracy.

Crime, Punishment, and Rehabilitation: Higher Education in Prison | Dream On

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Should higher education be offered in prison? In this video from Dream On, a documentary about various obstacles in obtaining the American Dream, learn about how a college degree has changed the lives of two inmates.

What do we want prisoners to experience in prison? Should prison sentences focus on punishment and societal retribution, where inmates suffer misery until their release? Or would we rather see a sentence be a time of rehabilitation, where inmates exit prison better-equipped to make good choices and become productive members of society? Explore all of these questions in the video and the accompanying resource materials.

Mumbet

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In this segment from the PBS series Finding Your Roots, the story of Mumbet, is told. Mumbet was a female slave who, after hearing the Declaration of Independence read, decided to seek her own freedom. Kyra Sedgwick's ancestor, Theodore Sedgwick, served as Mumbet's lawyer and helped her ultimately win her freedom.

Nellie Bly: Pioneering Investigative Journalist | Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People

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Discover how Nellie Bly went undercover to expose patient abuse in Bellevue Hospital in this video from the American Masters film Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People. Learn about the birth of investigative journalism and Joseph Pulitzer’s quest to “get a democracy on its feet” by exposing crime and corruption. Support materials include discussion questions and teaching tips for inspiring students to delve deeper into the history of women in journalism.

American Masters – Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People explores the remarkable man behind the prestigious prizes. A Jewish immigrant from Hungary, Joseph Pulitzer began as a gifted journalist before becoming a successful publisher and businessman. Pulitzer was famous in his own time for his outspoken and cantankerous editorial voice and his newspapers’ striking illustrations, visual style, national circulation, and financial success. Against the context of America’s explosive growth as a world force during the Gilded Age, Pulitzer emerges as the country’s first media titan, reshaping the newspaper to bear witness to and even propel that transformation. Joseph Pulitzer tirelessly championed what he regarded as the sacred role of the free press in a democracy.

After Slavery

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This video segment from the PBS series Finding Your Roots discusses the steps people took to help freed slaves following the abolition of slavery. In his second Inaugural Address, President Lincoln called for the re-building of the country. In response, Quakers, including Kevin Bacon’s ancestor Lydia Atkinson, became very involved in the education of newly freed slaves.

Causes (2) | 1980s Farm Crisis

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The 1980s farm crisis has a variety of causes, domestically and internationally. This segment is part of the documentary The Farm Crisis, which examines the tragic circumstances faced by farmers for most of the 1980s, when thousands were forced into bankruptcy, land values dropped by one-third nationally, and sky-high interest rates turned successes into failures seemingly overnight.

Debating Farm Crisis Causes and Solutions (9) | 1980s Farm Crisis

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Politicians and policymakers debate the causes and solutions for the farm crisis. This segment is part of the documentary The Farm Crisis, which examines the tragic circumstances faced by farmers for most of the 1980s, when thousands were forced into bankruptcy, land values dropped by one-third nationally, and sky-high interest rates turned successes into failures seemingly overnight.

Federal Policy Changes (17) | 1980s Farm Crisis

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New agricultural policy is developed and existing policy changed during the 1980s in reaction to the farm crisis. This segment is part of the documentary The Farm Crisis, which examines the tragic circumstances faced by farmers for most of the 1980s, when thousands were forced into bankruptcy, land values dropped by one-third nationally, and sky-high interest rates turned successes into failures seemingly overnight.

Activism (10) | 1980s Farm Crisis

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Farmers, politicians, and activists rally around the farm crisis. This segment is part of the documentary The Farm Crisis, which examines the tragic circumstances faced by farmers for most of the 1980s, when thousands were forced into bankruptcy, land values dropped by one-third nationally, and sky-high interest rates turned successes into failures seemingly overnight.

A Bitter Legacy | Fred T. Korematsu Institute

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This segment from A Bitter Legacy provides an overview of the ten World War II Japanese American concentration camps and the importance of language used to describe them. Tetsuden Kashima, Professor Emeritus of American Studies, talks about the U.S. government agency that formed the camps and explains why terms like “assembly centers” and “internments camps” are euphemisms that need to be changed to reflect the true history.

The Fred T. Korematsu Institute educates to advance racial equity, social justice, and human rights for all.

Rural Advocacy Groups (12) | 1980s Farm Crisis

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Rural advocacy groups lead protests and events to support farmers and draw attention to the farm crisis during the 1980's. This segment is part of the documentary The Farm Crisis, which examines the tragic circumstances faced by farmers for most of the 1980s, when thousands were forced into bankruptcy, land values dropped by one-third nationally, and sky-high interest rates turned successes into failures seemingly overnight.

Bombs Away: LBJ, Goldwater and the 1964 Campaign That Changed It All

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Polarized by very different personalities and ideologies, President Lyndon Johnson and Barry Goldwater attacked each other with gusto — and in the process opened the door to a modern era of campaigning that features highly negative TV advertising campaigns.

Bombs Away features interviews with, among others, former Rep. Barry Goldwater, Jr.; Lynda Johnson Robb and Luci Baines Johnson, daughters of President and Mrs. Johnson; Pat Buchanan, former advisor to multiple Republican presidents; Joseph Califano, former special assistant to Johnson; Victor Gold, who worked on the Goldwater presidential campaign; Doris Kearns Goodwin, biographer and presidential historian; Richard Goodwin, former advisor to Johnson; Joanne Bland, civil rights activist; Sid Davis, journalist who attended Johnson’s swearing-in aboard Air Force One; former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee; Robert Mann, author of Daisy Petals and Mushroom Clouds; and Prof. Larry J. Sabato, Director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics.

Rockefeller Registers Democrat Becomes Delegate and Secretary of State

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Trace John D. Rockefeller, IV's move to the Democratic party and his election to the WV House of Delegates and as WV Secretary of State.

Farmers Battle Alone (13) | 1980s Farm Crisis

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Farmers and farm families struggle, often alone, as the farm crisis continues. This segment is part of the documentary The Farm Crisis, which examines the tragic circumstances faced by farmers for most of the 1980s, when thousands were forced into bankruptcy, land values dropped by one-third nationally, and sky-high interest rates turned successes into failures seemingly overnight.

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