The Legacy of Eugenics: Facilitating a Classroom Conversation

In this classroom video, a high school history teacher facilitates a conversation with students about the legacy of the eugenics movement in the United States. During this video, students consider complicated questions: Who is responsible, and how can they be held accountable? Who, if anyone, stood up to the injustices of the time period? What have students learned from this history? What legacies of the eugenics movement do students see today?

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Classroom Video


Civil Rights Movement

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Classroom Discussion
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US History

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