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Freedom Summer Volunteer Reacts to Murder of Civil Rights Workers in 1960s Mississippi | Iowans Return to Freedom Summer

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In August of 1964, the bodies of three murdered civil rights workers were discovered in Mississippi. The victims were among college students participating in voter registration efforts throughout racially segregated Mississippi. This video segment from Iowans Return to Freedom Summer includes a dramatized news report of the crime and a first-hand account from Patti Miller, who describes her reaction to hearing this news while in Mississippi in 1964.

Read a Good Book: School Library | KIDS Clubhouse Adventures

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KIDS Clubhouse Adventures kids read and discover more about the school library! In this feature, kids must learn to navigate the school library in order to complete a scavenger hunt. They must find a graphic novel, a book in a different language, a biography and more, and the librarian is always there to help!

Freedom Summer Volunteers Create “Freedom Schools” | Iowans Return to Freedom Summer

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Freedom Summer volunteers set up temporary, free schools for black children and other community members in Mississippi in the summer of 1964. The ages of attendees in the schools ranged from young children to older adults. The schools taught academic skills as well as voter literacy, confidence, political organization, and other topics the students might not encounter in traditional school settings. In this video segment from Iowans Return to Freedom Summer, Marvin Gatch, Marcia Moore, Patti Miller, Lenray Gandy, and Richard Beymer describe their experiences with Freedom Schools in rural Mississippi during the summer of 1964.

DanBot’s Business: A Clubhouse Story | KIDS Clubhouse Adventures

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In this clip from KIDS Clubhouse Adventures, DanBot wants to make $1 million, but there’s another robot in town giving him some competition. Dan Wardell teaches DanBot the basics of entrepreneurship.

News Correspondent Narrowly Avoids Disaster During Vietnam War | Iowans Remember Vietnam

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A news correspondent tells the story of how an illness may have kept him alive in Vietnam. He was scheduled to accompany soldiers on a combat mission and his illness kept him from going on the deadly trip. This segment from Iowa Public Television's Iowans Remember Vietnam documentary includes archival footage and and a first-person account of experiences during the war. 

What are Fairy Tales? | KIDS Clubhouse Adventures

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Abby Brown, KIDS Clubhouse Adventures co-host, loves to help kids have fun while learning! In this segment, Abby teaches kids about the components of a fairy tale including characters and settings found only in our imaginations.

The Experiences of a U.S. Veteran During the Tet Offensive of the Vietnam War | Iowans Remember Vietnam

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In January 1968, communist forces launched the largest offensive of the Vietnam War. Starting on the Vietnamese New Year known as Tet, North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces attacked more than 100 South Vietnamese cities, catching South Vietnamese and United States forces totally by surprise. Although the Tet Offensive was considered a military failure for the communists, the scope of the conflict led the United States military, public and political leaders to rethink continued support for the war. This segment from Iowa Public Television's Iowans Remember Vietnam includes archival footage and interviews with Iowa veteran Paul Dwyer. Dwyer describes his role as a radio operator during the war, and explains his experiences during the Tet Offensive.

Bob Dole’s Battle with the Conservative Right in 1996 | Caucus Iowa

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Kansas Senator Bob Dole, a World War II veteran, was in the political fight of his life in 1995. The Republican “establishment's” popular choice for the nomination, Dole was under siege from a band of outsiders, some fueled by personal wealth like Steve Forbes, others fueled by increasingly conservative rhetoric. Although Dole would win the 1996 Iowa Caucuses, much of the nation’s attention was focused on the strong showing and conservative surge of Pat Buchanan. This segment from Iowa Public Television’s Caucus Iowa: Journey to the Presidency documentary includes archival footage and contemporary interviews with politicians, campaign staff and journalists of the era.

1968 Creates Need for Change | Caucus Iowa

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Following the protests at the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago, a group of Iowa Democratic party operatives moved to restructure the process of selecting local delegates for the national convention. They chose to start this new delegate selection process early in 1972, making Iowa the first-in-the-nation. This segment from Iowa Public Television’s Caucus Iowa: Journey to the Presidency documentary includes archival footage and contemporary interviews with politicians, campaign staff and journalists of the era.

Freedom Summer Workers Attacked | Iowans Return to Freedom Summer

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On the night of July 15, 1964, a car driven by Freedom Summer volunteers was stopped by law enforcement officers on a Mississippi highway. The volunteers, one white and one black, were their way to distribute voter registration materials. They were beaten, threatened, and then detained in jail for two days. This video segment from Iowans Return to Freedom Summer features first-hand accounts and narrated testimony of the victims describing the incident. 

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