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Charles Hamilton Houston: Laying the Groundwork for Integration

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Charles Hamilton Houston, former dean of Howard University’s law school and chief legal counsel for the NAACP, believed discrimination in education was symbolic of many forms of discriminations facing African Americans in society. This video shows how Houston documented the separate and unequal conditions existing for white and black students in the South and prepared the way for the precedent-setting Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education.

Neighbor On Neighbor

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In this video from Women War & Peace, the 1993 establishment of the Yugoslav War Crimes Tribunal is discussed. The Tribunal was the first international war crimes court to be organized during a war, and it was also the first international war crimes court in Europe since Nuremberg. According to Peggy Kuo, one of the Tribunal prosecutors, what was most devastating about the Yugoslav war was that it was “neighbor on neighbor.”

Steps Toward Peace

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This video from Women War & Peace describes Charles Taylor’s refusal to attend peace talks. As a result, the peace-seeking women inform Parliament they will continue their protests until they hear from Taylor. Finally, Taylor agrees to meet with the women. Leymah Gbowee reads a statement to Taylor and other members of the government expressing the women’s demands for peace. Taylor agrees to go to the peace talks in Accra, Ghana. The women also make the journey to Accra to continue their protests and to appeal individually to delegates.

Hungarian Revolution of 1956

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This video from Worldfocus, originally broadcast in November 2008, describes the modern sentiments of several Hungarians towards the fated 1956 uprising against the Soviet Union.

A Calculated Act | The African Americans

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This video from The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross offers an overview of Homer Plessy’s act of civil disobedience and the resulting Supreme Court case.

The Rise of Nationalism

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In this video from Finding Your Roots, Tina Fey learns about an ancestor who fought to free Greece from four centuries of Ottoman rule.  The resource helps students understand the rise of nationalism in Europe in the 19th century. 

Robert Smalls: From Slavery to Politics

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This video from Slavery and the Making of America explores the life of Robert Smalls. From the middle to the late 19th century Smalls, a former slave, went from decorated solider in the Union Army to becoming a landowner and eventually a powerful politician during the period of Reconstruction.

Lucy Laney

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This video segment from The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow addresses the life and impact of Lucy Laney, the founder of the Haines Normal and Industrial School in Augusta, Georgia. Laney was an influential Jim Crow-era educator. She believed it was essential to cultivate the minds of her students in order to develop intellectual leaders for the future, especially black women who could then teach the next generation.

Concepts Unwrapped: Self-serving Bias

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This video from Ethics Unwrapped introduces the behavioral ethics bias known as the self-serving bias. The self-serving bias causes us to see things in ways that support our best interests and our pre-existing points of view. Support materials include discussion quesions, case study, and teaching tips.

This video/case study is provided by Ethics Unwrapped and is a free educational resource from The University of Texas at Austin.

Holocaust in Plunge

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This video from the PBS series The Story of the Jews examines the effects of the brutal occupation of Lithuania by Nazi Germany in 1941 through the lens of a survivor and the last Jew in the town of Plunge, Jakovas Bunka. Bunka was conscripted into the Russian Red Army, but when he returned to Plunge after the war, his family was among the 96% of the town’s population massacred by the Nazis. Today, he carves wood figurines depicting shtetl residents as a memorial to the Holocaust.

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