The film is just the beginning. The filmmakers have launched a social action campaign called The Bully Project, designed to highlight solutions that both address immediate needs and lead to systemic change.
At the heart of Facing History's project on the Reconstruction era is our belief that the lifeblood of democracy is the ability of every rising generation to be active, responsible decision-makers. This website features a video series with accompanying lessons and primary source documen
In 1790, before the adoption of the First Amendment to the Constitution, President George Washington visited Newport, Rhode Island. Moses Seixas, an official of the Hebrew congregation of Newport, was among the representatives of the Newport community invited to welcome the President by reading a letter. This letter expressed hope that the newly formed government would accord respect and tolerance to all of its citizens, regardless of background and religious beliefs. Moved by Seixas’ letter, Washington penned a declarative and assertive reply in which he promised the new government would ensure not just tolerance, but full liberty of conscience to all.
The links on this page are suggested for teachers who would like to gain additional insight on sensitive topics that are relevant to the Reconstruction era. These links are referenced within The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy unit.
The teaching strategies on this page are referenced within The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy unit.
Facing History has produced the video series available on this website to serve as an introduction for learning and teaching about the Reconstruction era of American history. Featuring interviews with scholars of the Reconstruction era, these 7 videos can be used independently but are best watched in sequence as they offer a narrative history of the Reconstruction.
Below are five video clips corresponding to the rescuers featured in this guide - Hiram Bingham IV, Georg Ferdinand Duckwitz, Chiune Sugihara, Selahattin Ülkümen, and Raoul Wallenberg. All video clips are courtesy of Michael King Productions, LLC.
This series of lessons is meant as a pre or post-visit activity for teachers and students visiting the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. This series explores several classic soul songs—and their social and historical contexts—during their recording throughout the civil rights movement. The stories of the artists, the music, and the lyrics provide a window into the ways that music can inspire social change.