Film Clips

Most of these short clips are from Voices of a People’s History “People Speak” productions.

Chief Joseph: “Account of His Trip to Washington, D.C.”

Film clip. Voices of a People's History. Dramatic reading of Chief Joseph's "Account of His Trip to Washington, D.C." (1879) by Q'Orianka Kilcher.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899
Themes: Environment, Democracy & Citizenship, Native American
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Chief Tecumseh: “Speech to the Osages”

Film clip. Voices of a People's History. Dramatic reading of Chief Tecumseh's "Speech to the Osages" (Winter 1811-1812) by Deepa Fernandes.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849
Themes: Environment, Native American
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Cindy Sheehan: “It’s Time the Antiwar Choir Started Singing”

Film clip. Voices of a People's History. Dramatic reading of Cindy Sheehan's speech "It's Time the Antiwar Choir Started Singing" (2005) is read by Marisa Tomei and Staceyann Chin.
Time Periods: 21st Century, 2001 - Present
Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Imperialism, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, Women's History
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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: “Beyond Vietnam”

Film clip. Voices of a People's History. Dramatic reading of Dr. Martin Luther King's "Beyond Vietnam" (1967) speech by Michael Ealy.
Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: Imperialism, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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Eugene Debs: “Canton, Ohio”

Film clip. Voices of a People's History. Dramatic reading of Eugene Deb's "Canton, Ohio" speech made on June 16, 1918 by Marc Ruffalo.
Time Periods: 20th Century, World War I: 1910 - 1919
Themes: Labor
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Frederick Douglass: “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro”

Film clip. Voices of a People's History. Frederick Douglass' speech "The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro" (1852) is read by Danny Glover.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864
Themes: African American, Democracy & Citizenship, Racism & Racial Identity, Slavery and Resistance
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John Brown’s Last Speech

Film clip. Voices of a People's History. Dramatic reading John Brown’s Last Speech delivered on November 2, 1859, by Josh Brolin.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864
Themes: Organizing, Slavery and Resistance
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June Jordan: “Speech Against the Gulf War”

Film clip. Voices of a People's History. Dramatic reading of June Jordan's "Speech Against the Gulf War" (1991) by Kathleen Chalfant.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000
Themes: African American, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, Women's History
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Langston Hughes: “Ballad of Roosevelt”

Film clip. Voices of a People's History. Dramatic reading of Langston Hughes' "Ballad of Roosevelt" (1934) by Danny Glover.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: African American, Democracy & Citizenship
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Malcolm X: “Message to the Grass Roots”

Film clip. Voices of a People's History. Dramatic reading of Malcolm X's "Message to the Grass Roots" (1963) by Mos Def.
Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship
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The Moment Was Now: Musical About Reconstruction

The musical "The Moment Was Now" is set in Reconstruction era Baltimore with debates about labor, women's right to vote, and the rights of African Americans.
Time Periods: Reconstruction Period: 1865 - 1876
Themes: African American, Reconstruction
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Pacific Climate Warriors Speak at Climate Strike

Film Clip. Pacific Climate Warriors. 2019. During the Global Climate Strike on Sept. 20, 2019, the Pacific Climate Warriors in Portland showed up at their rally carrying their identity with pride and speaking their truths as Pacific islanders fighting for their homes.
Time Periods: 21st Century, 2001 - Present
Themes: Climate Justice, Environment, Pacific Islander
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Rachel Corrie: “Letter from Palestine”

Film clip. Voices of a People's History. Rachel Corrie's "Letter from Palestine" (2003) read by her mother, Cindy Corrie.
Time Periods: 21st Century, 2001 - Present
Themes: US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, World History/Global Studies
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