World History

The Choice 2016: Beware of Washington

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Learn how the Washington, D.C. establishment’s response to the political role that Hillary Clinton had adopted as First Lady shaped her public image in this digital short from FRONTLINE’s “Choice” Moments. Although Bill Clinton had won the 1992 presidential election, Hillary Clinton would also play a powerful role in her husband’s administration. In leading the president’s healthcare task force, Mrs. Clinton appeared to refuse the advice given from some prominent members of society. Her critics attacked her, openly questioning Mrs. Clinton’s secretive policy efforts and making highly personal allegations against her and the president. This resource is part of the FRONTLINE Election Resources Collection.

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 Costs of War for Bedford, Virginia | D-Day 360

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Understand the cost and consequences of World War Two for the town of Bedford, Virginia, which lost more soldiers per capita during the invasion of Normandy than anywhere else in the United States. Meet Lucille Boggess, who lost two brothers during the invasion, and understand how she and other surviving relatives coped with the loss of loved ones during war.

Civil Disobedience and Committees in Palestine | Women, War & Peace II

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Learn about the acts of civil disobedience that Palestinians used during the 1987 uprising known as the first intifada, in protest of Israel’s military control of the West Bank and Gaza, in this video from Women, War & Peace II. Using video, informational texts, discussion questions, and teaching tips students gain a deeper understanding of the role women played in this successful movement and its lasting impact on the Palestinian people.

For more information about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, visit the Just Vision website and review the Naila and the Uprising discussion guide.

For more resources from Women, War & Peace II, check out the Discussion Guide developed by Peace is Loud.

 

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.

Early Hours of the Invasion | D-Day 360: Chapter 2

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Experience the early hours of the invasion of Omaha Beach by United States forces through the eyes of Ray and Roy Stevens, two soldiers from the town of Bedford, Virginia, who were part of the forces scheduled to land first on the beach. Learn about the Allies’ bombardment of Nazi forces waiting behind the beaches, including data on the ships, aircraft, and ammunition that the Allies used to try to break down the Nazi defenses.

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.

Private Money Lenders | Wide Angle: Window into Global History

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India’s entry into the global market has made its economy one of the fastest growing in the world, but its prosperity has not been far reaching. India’s agricultural industry has had a difficult time competing with more formidable rivals in the world market and many farmers have been forced to seek financial support by any means possible. Farmers will sometimes resort to the high-risk practice of obtaining a loan from an illegal private money lender which involves putting up their farmland as collateral. In this video from the  Wide Angle film "The Dying Fields," a former private money lender explains why he has stopped the practice of providing illegal loans to farmers.

Confirmation | Religion & Ethics Newsweekly

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This video from Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly explores the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Roman Catholic Church. During this Sacrament, adolescents are brought into full communion with the Catholic Church. The Sacrament is bestowed after participants complete a lengthy period of religious instruction. In the United States they also may be required to complete some community service. At the time of Confirmation, young people take the name of a saint who represents a spiritual model for their adult lives as followers of Jesus Christ.

Karmapa Lama | Religion & Ethics Newsweekly

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This video from Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly features Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the seventeenth Karmapa Lama, talking about his increasingly public role and how he can help the modern world better understand the teachings and purpose of Buddhism. The Karmapa Lama is Tibetan Buddhism's second-most important spiritual leader. Called a reincarnation of the living Buddha, the Karmapa Lama is considered by many to be the Dalai Lama's spiritual heir and the next international voice of Buddhism.

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