Laws & Citizen Rights

The Road to Brown

Film. By William Elwood. 1990. 56 min. The little known story of Charles Hamilton Houston who paved the road to Brown v. Board.
Time Periods: 20th Century
Themes: African American, Education, Laws & Citizen Rights, Racism & Racial Identity
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Ruby Bridges

Film. Directed by Euzhan Palcy. 1998. 96 minutes. The true story of Ruby Bridges, the six-year-old girl who helped to integrate the all-white schools in New Orleans.
Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Education, Laws & Citizen Rights, Racism & Racial Identity
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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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Scandalize My Name

Film. Directed by Alexandra Isles. 2000. 60 minutes. Documentary about the impact of the McCarthy era on African Americans in the film industry.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Cold War: 1945 - 1960
Themes: African American, Laws & Citizen Rights, Racism & Racial Identity
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Slave Catchers, Slave Resisters

Film. Produced by Judy Richardson, Northern Light Productions for History Channel. 2005. 100 min. Documentary on the many rebellions by enslaved people and other forms of resistance.
Time Periods: 18th Century, 19th Century
Themes: Laws & Citizen Rights, Racism & Racial Identity, Slavery and Resistance
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Sylvia Woods: “You Have to Fight for Freedom”

Film clip. Voices of a People’s History. Dramatic reading of an excerpt from an interview of Sylvia Woods (1919) by Alana Arenas.
Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Laws & Citizen Rights
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Unconstitutional: The War on Our Civil Liberties

Film. By Nonny de la Peña. 2004. 69 min. A documentary that investigates the ways in which the civil liberties of U.S. citizens and immigrants have been rolled back since 9/11/2001 and the passage of the Patriot Act.
Time Periods: 21st Century, 2001 - Present
Themes: Laws & Citizen Rights
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We Shall Remain: America Through Native Eyes

Film. 2009. 450 minutes. Three hundred years of Native American history.
Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, All US History
Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Laws & Citizen Rights, Native American, Racism & Racial Identity
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A People’s History of the United States: Highlights from the Twentieth Century (Audio)

Audio. By Howard Zinn. Read by Matt Damon. 2003. 8 hours, 44 min. Audio book version of excerpted highlights from A People's History of the United States.
Time Periods: Colonization: 1492 - 1764, 18th Century, Revolution & Constitution: 1765 - 1799, 19th Century, Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864, Reconstruction Period: 1865 - 1876, Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899, 20th Century, Turn of the Century: 1900 - 1909, World War I: 1910 - 1919, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944, Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000, 21st Century, 2001 - Present, All US History
Themes: African American, Reconstruction, Asian American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Immigration, Imperialism, Labor, Laws & Citizen Rights, Native American, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity, Slavery and Resistance, Social Class, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, Women's History
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Freedom on the Move: Rediscovering the Stories of Self-Liberating People

Digital archive and crowdsourcing project that provides access to information, through thousands of print advertisements, about freedom-seekers and their would-be enslavers in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Time Periods: 18th Century, Revolution & Constitution: 1765 - 1799, 19th Century, Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864
Themes: African American, Labor, Laws & Citizen Rights, Racism & Racial Identity, Slavery and Resistance
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The Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Online Archive

Website. Archive of firsthand accounts and primary sources of the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: Asian American, Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights, Racism & Racial Identity, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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The Knotted Line

Website. Interactive timeline that connects moments in history related to the prison industrial complex.
Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights, Organizing
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The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow

Website. A companion to the PBS films series of the same title.
Time Periods: 20th Century
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Laws & Citizen Rights, Racism & Racial Identity
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Tracked in America

Website. Explores the historical context and stories of individuals who have been targets of U.S. government surveillance during the 20th century.
Time Periods: 20th Century
Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights
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Voices of the Montgomery Bus Boycott

Website. Video interviews and articles telling the first hand stories of 27 individuals who participated in the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Civil Rights Movement.
Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights
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April 30, 1963: Bristol Bus Boycott

The Bristol Bus Boycott began in England, inspired by the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights
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