Explore South Africa’s tumultuous history from the early interactions between white European settlers and native African tribes to the implementation of apartheid and the long struggle for democracy.
This Teaching Idea provides students with an opportunity to deepen their understanding of democracy and a framework for making meaning of news stories about the tensions and conflicts in democracies today.
While young people have a huge stake in US elections, historically they don’t show up when it comes time to vote. These teaching ideas allow students to explore youth voter turnout trends and how young people are trying to change them.
Author Wes Moore discusses society’s obligation to ask why avoidable tragedies happen.
As students take action after Florida's school shooting, introduce a framework for civic participation in your classroom. Facing History has also created suggested discussion questions to help you have the difficult conversations that follow traumatic violent events. Use these questions as a starting point to spark a dialogue around the ways youth can get involved, be Upstanders, and make their voices heard in their own communities.
In this clip from the documentary American Creed, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and historian David Kennedy discuss the essential questions that the film focuses on.
In this clip from American Creed, Mark Meckler, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and Joan Blades, co-founder of Moveon.org, engage in a conversation with the goal of fostering understanding through civil discourse.
This clip describes how the efforts of local Community Action Groups, supported by the government as part of the war on poverty, sparked conflict with mayors and other officials.
This clip from the documentary “American Idealist: The Story of Sargent Shriver,” describes the efforts of the war on poverty in racially divided Mississippi, and the backlash Shriver encountered from segregationists and others opposed to change.
This clip from the documentary “American Idealist: The Story of Sargent Shriver,” describes Shriver’s early life, including his childhood during the great depression, his combat experience in World War II, and his early political career.