Video Series on Constitutional History and Civic Holidays
Created and produced by the National Constitution Center, Constitution Hall Passfeatures the museum’s education staff, distinguished scholars, and even some well-known faces who bring the story of America’s democracy to life. Through this freevideoseries, students will explore America’s civic holidays and constitutional history. The National Constitution Center and Drexel University’s School of Education have received multiple awards in recognition for their collaborative work on the 24 episodes of Constitution Hall Pass. Some episodes spotlight the Supreme Court. Other episodes focus on the constitutional convention, federalism, the legislative and executive branches of government, and separation of powers. In still others, students will learn about the Bill of Rights, and the First, Thirteenth, and Fourteenth Amendments. They will also discover the story of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Tax Day, Earth Day, and Thanksgiving. Some of the videos can serve as Classroom Discussion Starters on Freedom of Speech, Freedom from Excessive Punishment, and Search and Seizure.
The Olympics Protest is a new assessment from the Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) that gauges whether students can identify the historical event depicted in an iconic photograph and evaluate its historical significance. Successful students will draw on their knowledge of the past to identify American track athletes John Carlos and Tommie Smith raising their fists to protest racial injustice while on the medal stand at the 1968 Olympics and then explain how the event was historically significant.
The American Library is a celebration of the diversity of the American population. Printed in gold on the spines of many of the books in the installation are the names of people who immigrated, or whose antecedents immigrated to the United States. On other books are the names of African Americans who relocated or whose parents relocated out of the American South during The Great Migration.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of Congress’s passing a constitutional amendment to give women the right to vote. NewseumED offers free online resources to explore the history and struggles of the suffrage movement—from artifacts on the Seneca Falls Convention to a video recounting Susan B. Anthony’s arrest for voting to a timeline on major events in the fight for gender equality.