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A History of Civil Rights in America (1927-1961)

28 minutes 44 seconds

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Students will study how a major shift in American consciousness under President Truman concerning civil rights lead to some of the greatest civil rights movement the nation has ever seen. This time period sees an end to the "separate but equal" doctrine, the courage of Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in ending segregation, and the extension of the 4th Amendment. Part of the "A History of Civil Rights in America" series.

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Closeup of weathered Constitution on parchment with handwritten script that reads, "We the people," in large script at top.
A History of Civil Rights in America
Episode 1
29 minutes 7 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Black and white photo of Abraham Lincoln wearing a top hat and flanked by men in uniform. Large tent and trees in background.
A History of Civil Rights in America
Episode 2
26 minutes 54 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Mottled black and white photo of 3 Native Americans with white tipis in background.
A History of Civil Rights in America
Episode 3
28 minutes 47 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Black and white illustration of early 20th century woman with her arm raised to the side. She faces a man in a top hat as he leans toward her with his hand up. Another man reclines and opens his mouth as if shouting in background.
A History of Civil Rights in America
Episode 4
27 minutes 30 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Closeup of front page of newspaper with headline that reads, "Supreme Court Strikes Out School Segregation as Against Constitution."
A History of Civil Rights in America
Episode 5
28 minutes 44 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Black and white frame of Martin Luther King, Junior gesturing out as he speaks at a podium with several microphones. A crowd of men stands behind him, many wearing white caps.
A History of Civil Rights in America
Episode 6
27 minutes 22 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Faded still frame of men in wide-brimmed hats, bent over and working in a field.
A History of Civil Rights in America
Episode 7
27 minutes 40 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Side view of Barack Obama standing at a lectern with crowds in the background holding blue signs that read, "Change."
A History of Civil Rights in America
Episode 8
29 minutes 3 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12