Created Equal brings together four acclaimed documentary films on the long Civil Rights movement: The Abolitionists, Slavery By Another Name, Freedom Riders, and The Loving Story.
Each of the films presented in Created Equal tells remarkable stories of individuals who challenged the social and legal status quo of deeply rooted institutions, from slavery to segregation. The films document the efforts to bring about equality for all races through the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments. Each explores a different time period, from the antebellum abolitionist movement through the post–Civil War transition period for African Americans, and into the late twentieth century.
The thematic content presented by these documentaries can be used to address Common Core Literacy standards in Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening. Students have the opportunity to participate in discussions of the central themes of the civil rights struggle and then engage in writing activities built on the primary evidence they saw in the films. The Common Core writing standards for history are very specific and detailed regarding the presentation of evidence in order to express an argument or conclusion.
See a video overview of Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle
As part of the National Endowment for the Humanities’s Bridging Cultures initiative, Created Equal encourages people to revisit the history of civil rights in America and to reflect on the ideals of freedom and equality that have helped bridge racial and cultural divides in our country.
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