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The Dreyfus Affair

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This video from the PBS series The Story of the Jews examines the Dreyfus Affair—a trial that began in 1894 that shook the French population and had a lasting impact on Theodor Herzl, an influential Zionist leader. Alfred Dreyfus, a Captain in the French Army, was accused and convicted of sending military secrets to the Germans. As a Jewish officer, he became a convenient scapegoat for a crime another had committed. This event exposed the growing antisemitism in 19th-century France.

Microassaults, Microinsults, and Microinvalidations

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Learn about the different types of microaggressions with this video from the University of North Texas. Use the accompanying handout to further explore how microaggressions impact different minority groups. Additional support materials are available including vocabulary. These videos are excerpted from Microaggressions in the Classroom with the generous permission of producer Dr. Yolanda Flores Niemann.

Felix Mendelssohn and the Struggle for Identity

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In this video from the PBS series The Story of the Jews, Felix Mendelssohn’s emergence as a major composer is placed in the framework of the era of Romantic Nationalism that launched the 19th century in Europe. During this period following the French revolution, ghetto walls were torn down and Jews were expected to forgo their Jewish identity in exchange for the privileges of full European citizenship. Many European Jews, including Moses Mendelssohn’s son Abraham and his family, converted to Christianity during this time.

Confronting Bias: Share Your Story

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Three young people share their personal experiences with bias, hate speech, and microaggressions in these Youth Collective videos created with the DIYdoc app. Use these videos to better understand different types of bias and foster dialogue about prejudice still seen in the world today. After watching the videos, students can share their own stories using the free DIYdoc app or any filmmaking device. Support materials include discussion questions, vocabulary, and a template for students to create their own films.

The Struggle for the Vote | The African Americans

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This video from The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross examines the political context of the African Americans’ struggle for the right to vote and Americans’ responses to the passing of the 15th Amendment.

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.

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