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In addition to the materials recommended for each program unit, the following resources provide additional historical background. See also Eric Foner's resource list.


These films are available from PBS Video, (800)344- 3337.

George Washington--The Man Who Wouldn't Be King
A biography of the soldier and president produced by David Sutherland, from The American Experience. (Available until December 1998)

Liberty! The American Revolution
A six-part documentary about the country's birth produced by Ellen Houde and Muffie Meyer/Middlemarch.

Thomas Jefferson
A two-part documentary produced by Ken Burns.

Frederick Douglass: When the Lion Wrote History
A biography of the abolitionist, produced by Orlando Bagwell (executive producer of Africans in America), from The American Experience.

Roots of Resistance -- A Story of the Underground Railroad
Told through the narratives of escaped slaves, produced by Orlando Bagwell, from The American Experience.

The following organizations can provide educational materials, teaching tips, additional resources, and background information.

Educators for Social Responsibility
(800) 370-2515
Provides workshops and materials on diversity, conflict resolution, teaching sensitive topics, and other issues.

Facing History and Ourselves
(617) 232-1595
This national educational and professional development organization provides materials for educators on issues such as race, prejudice, and intolerance.

National Civil Rights Museum
(901) 521-9699
Offers curriculum kits and educational materials that explore civil rights history in the United States from the 1600s to today.

National Council for the Social Studies
(202) 966-7840
Provides leadership, service, and support for all social studies educators.

National Park Service (The Underground Railroad)
(617) 742-5415
Information and activities regarding local history and the Underground Railroad.

National Urban League, Inc.
(212) 558-5300
A social service and civil rights organization which offers program services, advocacy, and community services through its New York headquarters and 114 affiliates in 34 states.

Primary Source, Inc.
(617) 923-9933
Offers teacher institutes, workshops, and curriculum development in New England on teaching social studies and using primary sources, as well as a resource library. One of their initiatives is the African American Intellectual History project.

Schomburg Center for Research on Black Culture
(212) 491-2200
One of the four research divisions of the New York Public Library, their resources include a research library and a museum, as well as a traveling exhibition program.

The Smithsonian Center for Folklife Programs and Cultural Studies
(202) 287-3424
The Center produces exhibitions, documentary films and videos, symposia, educational materials and kits.

Teaching Tolerance
(334) 264-0286
Helps educators foster equity, respect, and understanding in the classroom and beyond. Free and low-cost resources include a bi-annual magazine and video-and-text teaching kits exploring themes in U.S. history.


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