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Students Strike at Fisk University

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This video from The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow highlights Fisk University, founded in the 1880s by the American Home Mission Society. By the 1920s Fisk was the top black college in the United States and provided the best liberal arts education for African Americans; it was also the alma mater of the intellectual W. E. B. Du Bois. In 1924, in an effort to gain sizable donations from wealthy northern and southern funders, the white president Fayette McKenzie made many concessions. Most notably, he began to change the curriculum to reflect a more industrial education. The students, outraged and encouraged by Du Bois, walked out. Eventually, McKenzie resigned and the school returned to its original mission: to provide an elite higher education for black youth.

The Emergence of Monotheism

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In this video from the PBS series The Story of the Jews, host Simon Schama travels to the Valley of Elah to visit the site of the biblical story of David and Goliath. He meets with archaeologist Yossi Garfinkel to discuss his theory that the famous battle between the shepherd and the giant reflects hundreds of years of conflict between the hill-dwelling Judeans and the coastal Philistines. Garfinkel takes Schama to the site of an Iron Age Judean fortress where he has discovered an altar and two ceremonial containers, or arks, which may be clues to the origins of Jewish monotheism.

Mercantilism and the American Revolution

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In this video from Finding Your Roots, Tina Fey learns about an ancestor who helped Benjamin Franklin develop the manufacturing industry in the American colonies. The background essay and discussion questions help students understand British mercantilism and its effects on colonial politics.   

Microaggressions in the Classroom

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Think about a time when someone said something about your identity that made you feel insulted or slighted. Even if they didn’t intend it you probably experienced a microaggression. Learn how to respond to microaggressions in your classroom with this video from the University of North Texas. In the accompanying classroom activity, participants reflect on their experiences with microaggressions. Additional support materials are available including a background essay and vocabulary. These videos are excerpted from the full Microaggressions in the Classroom video with the generous permission of producer Dr. Yolanda Flores Niemann.

Rehnquist’s Views on the Miranda Decision

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The selection of William Rehnquist in 1972 was an important part of President Nixon’s strategy for returning conservative justices to the Supreme Court. The Miranda decision was among many Warren Court rulings Justice Rehnquist detested, especially as it related to government interference in local police affairs. This video chronicles the views Rehnquist held of Miranda in the 1970’s as an ironic forecast to his future ruling on a similar issue in the case of Dickerson v. The United States.

Hellenism

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In this video from the PBS series The Story of the Jews, host Simon Schama discusses the influence of Hellenism on Jewish culture. The clip begins with the conquests of Alexander the Great, and moves on to the Tobiads, a family of Hellenized Jews living during the second century BCE. Schama highlights the fundamental differences between Greek and Jewish culture and argues that although Hellenism was a powerful force in the ancient world, it did not change the core of Jewish thought and identity.

Jews in the Islamic World

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In this video from the PBS series The Story of the Jews, host Simon Schama discusses conditions for Jews living in Islamic lands during the Middle Ages. Schama points out that although Jewish communities in Muslim territories experienced a form of second class citizenship, they experienced a level of freedom, prosperity and acceptance not common in Medieval Christian Europe.

Legal Struggles | Women, War, and Peace

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This video from Women, War & Peace explains how the legal struggles of Cauca and La Toma began 10 years ago when Héctor Sarria was granted a license to mine gold in the mountain. In early 2010 he sped up his plan to begin mining. According to Sarria, his license says there are no indigenous communities in La Toma, despite the fact that Afro-Colombians have lived and worked there for generations. Sarria requested and was granted the right to evict any Afro-Colombian miners working in La Toma—1,300 families whose livelihoods depend on mining face eviction.

Harry Washington | The African Americans

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This video from The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross describes the life of Harry Washington, a slave owned by George Washington at the beginning of the American Revolution. Sensing that the talk of liberty and independence was not meant for slaves, Harry Washington joined the Loyalist regiment, the Black Pioneers, along with 20,000 slaves who decided to fight for the British.

The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow | Booker T. Washington: An Education

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After Reconstruction ended in the South and the difficulties of transitioning from slavery to emancipation became painfully clear, many southern blacks turned to education, especially for their children, as a way to prevail in a system of white dominance and violence. This video from The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow focuses on Booker T. Washington, a powerful political leader and educator who led a campaign to educate blacks throughout the South. Washington was born into slavery but learned to read and write. Later, as a freedman, he attended Hampton Institute and became a teacher. By the early 1880s, he was invited to be the principal of a new school in Alabama, the Tuskegee Institute.

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