Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Lead students on a deep exploration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with the resources in this collection.

Use our videos, readings, and lesson ideas to enhance the way you teach the history behind the landmark document’s creation, the dilemmas posed by a set of universal rights, and the declaration's enduring legacy in today’s international community.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is celebrated as one of the milestones in the history of human rights. The resources in this collection explore the context in which the document was drafted, the history of the declaration itself - including the debates and the dilemmas faced by Eleanor Roosevelt and others on the committee that produced the UDHR, and a consideration of the legacies and lasting impact of the declaration.

This collection supports the Facing History and Ourselves resource book Fundamental Freedoms: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with a wide range of learning resources that can be used in a variety of teaching contexts from middle school through higher education.

Fundamental Freedoms: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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Trace Eleanor Roosevelt's development into a renowned human rights leader and her pivotal role in creating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with this resource.

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This unit leads students through a deep exploration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, from the history of its creation to its legacy in today’s global community.

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Fundamental Freedoms: Eleanor Roosevelt, the Holocaust, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Scholar Allida Black describes how former first lady and human rights activist Eleanor Roosevelt worked to develop the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Eleanor Roosevelt and the Declaration of Human Rights

Allida Black discusses Eleanor Roosevelt's expanding views on civil rights in the United States as she negotiates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Who was Eleanor Roosevelt?

Allida Black describes Eleanor Roosevelt’s development into a leader on social justice.

Breaking Civil Rights Away from Human Rights

Carol Anderson investigates the relationship between social and civil rights and the failure in the United States to expand the term “civil rights” to include broader human rights.

Human Rights, Civil Rights, and the Cold War

Dr. Carol Anderson discusses the emergence of human rights discussions during World War II. She examines links between the Cold War, the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and politics of race in the United States in the 1950s.

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