Films, Grades 6-8

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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Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek

Film. By Leah Mahan. 2013. 60 min. Documentary about the impact of “development” on a historically African American community in Gulfport, Mississippi.
Time Periods: 2001 - Present
Themes: African American, Climate Justice, Environment, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity
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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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Maestra (Teacher)

Film. By Catherine Murphy. 2013. 32 min. Documentary about the successful 1961 literacy campaign in Cuba.
Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Education, Women's History, World History/Global Studies
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A Message From the Future with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Film. 2019. 7 minutes. The Intercept. Narrated by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and illustrated by Molly Crabapple. The film flips the script on our future by illustrating one where we survive climate change and thrive because we took action today.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000, 21st Century
Themes: Climate Justice, Environment, Economics, Social Class
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Mighty Times: The Children’s March

Film. By Hudson and Houston. Teaching Tolerance. 2005. 40 minutes. This Academy Award-winning documentary film tells the heroic story of the young people in Birmingham, Alabama, who brought segregation to its knees.
Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Organizing
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Not Just a Game: Power, Politics & American Sports

Film. By Dave Zirin and Jeremy Earp. 2010. 62 minutes. A documentary based on the bestselling book A People's History of Sports in the United States, Zirin demonstrates that American sports have long been at the center of some of the major political debates and struggles of our time. For 6th grade to adult.
Time Periods: 20th Century
Themes: African American, Media, Racism & Racial Identity, Sports, Women's History
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Papers: Stories of Undocumented Youth

Film. Graham Street Productions. 2009. 110 minutes. The story of undocumented youth and the challenges they face as they turn 18 without legal status.
Time Periods: 21st Century, 2001 - Present
Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Immigration, Latinx
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The People Speak (Film) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

The People Speak – Extended Edition – DVD

Film. Directed by Howard Zinn, Chris Moore, and Anthony Arnove. 2009. 110 minutes. Dramatic readings and performances based on Voices of a People's History and A People's History of the United States.
Time Periods: All US History
Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Labor, Organizing, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, Women's History
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Race – The Power of an Illusion

Film. By California Newsreel. 2003. Three episodes – 56 minutes each. A three-part documentary series that questions the very idea of race as biology.
Themes: African American, Racism & Racial Identity
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Rachel Corrie | Zinn Education Project

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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Sam Cooke: A Change is Gonna Come

Film clip. Sam Cooke's "A Change is Gonna Come" (1964), is performed by Allison Moorer. From Voices of a People's History of the United States.
Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American, Art & Music, Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights
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Segregated By Design (Film)

Segregated by Design

Film. Directed by Mark Lopez. Written by Mark Lopez & Richard Rothstein. 2019. 18 minutes. Examine the forgotten history of how our federal, state and local governments unconstitutionally segregated every major metropolitan area in America through law and policy.
Time Periods: 20th Century
Themes: African American, Racism & Racial Identity, Social Class
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Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot

Film. Produced by Bill Brummel. Teaching Tolerance. 2015. 40 min. Documentary about the students and teachers of Selma, Alabama who fought for voting rights.
Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Organizing, Social Class
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