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Barack Obama: The Story of Our 44th President

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Chronicles Barack Obama's life through pictures, graphics, maps, and archival footage. Begins with a brief history of the people who fought for civil rights and freedoms for all Americans, and explains how their efforts provided the possibility and opportunity that led to the election of President Obama. Tells how President Obama became the 44th President of the United States and the first African-American President in our country's history. His journey to the White House is a fascinating and inspiring story about having a dream and the freedom to pursue that dream. What events and experiences shaped his life? How did he become a hero of freedom for millions of people around the world?

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Runtime: 16 minutes 26 seconds

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Viewer Comments

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    Alexandria R. (Greenville, SC)
    June 25th, 2015 at 08:25 AM

    Students really liked this video. They immediately wanted to rematch it. The attached lessons are good beginning ideas for incorporating this into a social studies or ELA lesson.

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    Leatta W. (Neosho, MO)
    March 30th, 2015 at 08:05 PM

    Well done presentation of factual information with a quiz at the end and fun facts scattered through out the video. The child host voice was hard to discern from the child descriptive video voice. Additionally, some descriptions were not prefaced with things like "a photo of".

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    Hillary K. (Burlington, MA)
    February 18th, 2015 at 06:45 AM

    Great resource for younger students!