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Estimating Costs, Estimating Profits

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In this video segment from TV411, Franklin works with Laverne to create a budget and understand his pay for a job painting a room. Franklin is not sure if he should take on a job where he will be paid $250 for painting a friend’s family room. He must take into consideration the cost of supplies as well as how long the job will take him. He consults with Laverne and realizes he has to make some estimates to come up with the budget for the job.

Strange Fruit: A Song Born of Protest

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This video segment explores how the song Strange Fruit became one of the best known and most enduring songs of protest. In 1939, the legendary blues singer Billie Holiday performed the song as a daring criticism of the commonplace practice of the lynching of African-Americans. Civil rights groups such as the NAACP had made countless appeals, but it was Holiday’s haunting rendition that made it impossible for white Americans and lawmakers to ignore the widespread crime.

Literary Elements and Techniques | Characterization

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Explore characterization and how authors reveal qualities of characters in this short animated video from WNET.

Music and Films of the Harlem Renaissance | The African Americans

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Besides jazz, the Harlem Renaissance also introduced films made by independent filmmaker Oscar Micheaux. This video from The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross explores African American music and film to popular culture in the 1920s and 30s.

Moving Out

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This video from What’s Up in Finance? introduces Eddie Romero, a college student with an apartment, a nice car and a band. Eddie is struggling financially, and he wants to figure out how to save enough money to pay for a four-year university. Eddie meets with a financial planner named Louis Barajas to learn how to manage his budget to cover his current expenses and save for the future. This resource is part of the Citi Collection for Financial Capability.

Zionism and the Balfour Declaration

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This enhanced video resource for The Story of the Jews provides a look at the people and negotiations behind the Balfour Declaration and explains what was promised to Jews in this famous letter. The resource also explores Zionism and examines a text called "Auto-Emancipation," which argued for the necessity of a Jewish nation. The discussion questions and optional student activities ask students to summarize and analyze primary sources and historical events for context and meaning.

The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow | Ned Cobb: Fighting for the Farmer

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In 1931, the Communist Party traveled to the South to fight racial segregation and unfair practices associated with sharecropping. Ned Cobb, an African American farmer, not only welcomed their presence, he also became president of the Sharecroppers Union to fight for the rights of poor black and white farmers. This video shows how Cobb paid the price in his fight for equality.

The Supreme Court | The Dickerson Case

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Although many conservatives believed Justice William Rehnquist would be key in reversing Miranda v. Arizona, the opposite occurred. This video, from the series The Supreme Court, discusses the responsibilities of the Chief Justice as it explores Rehnquist's application of the Constitutional principle of stare decisis, the policy of the Court to stand by precedent, in affirming Miranda.

The Rise of Chasidism

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This video from the PBS series The Story of the Jews examines the circumstances under which the Jews of 18th century Russia embraced a new form of observance known as Chasidism. Living under the constant threat of brutal persecution, this ecstatic and joyful expression of Judaism was a welcome alternative to hopelessness. Informed by mystical texts, like the Kabbalah, that revealed profound truths about God and the universe, and an observance characterized by song and dance, life became a spiritual journey. Leaders were believed to have godlike powers, surrounded by tales of wonder, healing and resurrection.

The Cost of Human Rights | Women, War, & Peace

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This video from Women, War & Peace follows Clemencia Carabali, a community activist from Cauca, as she travels to Washington, D.C. Carabali travels to D.C. to share with congressional staffers the perspective of Cauca’s residents—while the Colombian government has one story to tell, many of its residents have a very different and untold story. Following Carabali’s meeting, the U.S. Department of State takes notice of the land conflict in Colombia and vows to continue monitoring the case, which may help the residents of Cauca in their struggle.

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