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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When History Failed to Turn

Carol Anderson reflects on once vibrant neighborhoods and why they became places of poverty and crime. Lack of equal educational opportunities despite the Brown v. Board decision left people poorly prepared to face a changing economy.

Eleanor Roosevelt’s Cold War Dilemma

Carol Anderson discusses Eleanor Roosevelt’s struggle to balance her support of civil and human rights with domestic and international politics and policy during the Cold War.

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