Civics and Government

The Abolitionists: Lincoln's Uncertain Commitment to Emancipation

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Many abolitionists were uncertain if President Lincoln was truly committed to freeing slaves or if he was more concerned with ending the Civil War. Abolitionists questioned his commitment to emancipation. Video from, American Experience: "Abolitionists."

Constitution USA | A More Perfect Union

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In A More Perfect Union, Peter Sagal explores the Constitution’s most striking and innovative feature: its resilient brand of federalism. The framers created a strong national government while at the same time preserving much of the power and independence of the states. This delicate balance of power, seemingly hard-wired for disagreement and conflict, has served America well for more than two centuries. Let's take a closer look at how it has also led to tensions throughout American history and still sparks controversy today over medical marijuana, gun control, and Obamacare.

Immigrant Issues in Clarkston, Georgia | America by the Numbers

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Learn about the shifting demographics of Clarkston, Georgia, a refugee resettlement site, in this clip from America by the Numbers. Statistics show unemployment in the city has risen, and over 37 percent of inhabitants live below the poverty line. Find out how immigrants find a place in their new community, participating in daily life both economically and politically.

Robert C. Byrd

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Examine the career of U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd.

Shane on Gun Laws | Faith and Guns | Armed in America

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Shane believes that America needs to have more common sense laws when it comes to gun control. He knows that current changes have been passed over because they are viewed as gun regulation, but he thinks the country can do better when it comes to gun laws.

Complexity of Identity and Chicano Power | Dolores

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These two film segments explore the idea of Chicano representation and the power of seeing yourself in the public and political landscape. Prominent Latino leaders, Raul M. Grijalva and Roberto Lovato, discuss what it meant to them as young men to see Latinos organizing and marching together. Dolores’ children talk about how their perception of beauty and good was influenced by the broader culture's pressure to assimilate, and how Dolores taught them to see their own skin and identity as beautiful. Angela Davis says social movements change not only laws, but how people see themselves.

Student Voices – American Students in France

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This media gallery includes two videos from CampusFrance USA's video series entitled "Student Voices – American Students in France," which documents American students' experiences living and studying in France.

Guam Veterans Roundtable | America by the Numbers

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Find out why many of the citizens of Guam choose to serve in the military, and what their experiences mean to them, in this clip from America by the Numbers. Many veterans struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of their service. But after returning home, many Guamanian veterans say they struggle to get the healthcare they need from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Socrates and the Early Senate | The Greeks

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Examine the rocky, early days of Athenian democracy when many radical ideas were being tested out. Entering into the fray with his characteristic persistence was the father of Western philosophy: Socrates.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Continuing Fight for Equality | PBS NewsHour

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“I ask no favor for my sex. All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks,” states Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a new documentary about her life. The documentary 'RBG' follows 85-year old Ginsburg’s roots, education, family life, and career, along with her continuing fight for sexual, socio-economic, and racial equality. Ginsburg says at one point she felt like a kindergarten teacher when it came to instructing other judges about the meaning of sexual discrimination. She would ask them to reflect on how they’d like their daughters and granddaughters treated.

As you listen to Ginsberg describe her relationship with her late husband, discuss the following: Who is someone in your life who you believe will always remain in your heart and mind even though they may have passed away? How did they help you become the person you are today? See the support materials below to continue in-classroom discussion.

June 3, 2018 videos and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

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