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.
Presidents Day in 2019 is February 18. On this day, students celebrate the lives of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, their contributions to the United States, and the lives and contributions of all 45 US Presidents. The National Education Association provides resources (lessons, games, videos, and more), organized by grade range (K–5, 6–8, 9–12), which teachers can use in the classroom.
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.