Visit Your Local PBS Station PBS Home PBS Home Programs A-Z TV Schedules Watch Video Donate Shop PBS Search PBS
Some stories can't just be told. They must be experienced. Teachers

Browse | New Search
Explore the American Experience
Teachers' Area.

Pick a Topic

Narrow your results by selecting below (optional)

Pick Features








Pick Media type










Sort By


Postwar United States (1945 to early 1970s)

The Struggle for Civil Rights and Equality
Your search gave 80 results


Special feature

Citizen King
Online Poll [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

Should Dr. King have taken on the Vietnam War and poverty in addition to civil rights?

Citizen King
Share Your Comments [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

What are your thoughts about Dr. King, the civil rights movement, or the legacy of the 1960s?

Citizen King
Producer Interview [Text-based]

Citizen King producer Orlando Bagwell talks about making a documentary on Martin Luther King.

George Wallace: Settin' the Woods on Fire
Your Opinions [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

Embodiment of American racism? Defender of the working class? Or repentant civil-rights supporter? Share your views on George Wallace.

Malcolm X: Make It Plain
Online Poll [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X inspired their people with two very different messages. Which would you choose?

Malcolm X: Make It Plain
Any Means Necessary [Text-based]

Malcolm X felt African Americans were entitled to secure their rights "by any means necessary." This essay explores what that meant for him.

Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind
Online Forum [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

Professor Robert Hill moderates a forum on Garvey's legacy and significance, and on a future vision for African Americans in our multi-cultural society.

Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind
The Impact of Marcus Garvey [Text-based]

Read about Garvey's influence on the African independence movement.

Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind
Life and Lessons [Text-based]

From popular hero -- and reggae prophet -- to advocate of black consciousness; what is Garvey's legacy today?

Miss America
The Changing Ideal [Flash interactive]

Study Miss America through the decades -- and compare her to other American women.

Partners of the Heart
Vivien's Baltimore [Flash interactive]

Explore a segregated city as African Americans experienced it. Flash with non-Flash version available.

Partners of the Heart
Protest & Resistance [Video]

Civil rights activists discuss their tactics -- and their results. Seven clips.

Partners of the Heart
Living with Segregation [Other]

Investigate the mechanisms of racism at school, at work -- and even at the movies. Text with image and video (five clips).

Partners of the Heart
African American Medical Pioneers [Flash interactive]

Partners of the Heart
Footprints Through Time [Flash interactive]

Partners of the Heart
Unlikely Alliances [Flash interactive]

Partners of the Heart
Pivotal Decisions [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

Teacher's guide

Partners of the Heart
Students & Teachers [Text-based]

Special feature

Partners of the Heart
What's Your View? [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

Share your thoughts on the Partners story, racism, resilience, and more.

The Murder of Emmett Till
Online Forum [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

Panelists answer your questions about Till, the civil rights movement, and race relations in America. Panelists include filmmaker Stanley Nelson, journalists Bill Minor and Moses Newson, and former Mississippi governor William Winter.

The Murder of Emmett Till
Do You Remember? [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

Browse well-known Americans' memories of Emmett Till's murder -- and send in your own.

The Murder of Emmett Till
Teens and Segregation [Non-Flash interactive]

Explore segregation through the eyes of Till's peers and those of teens today.

The Murder of Emmett Till
Sex and Race [Text-based]

Find out about the history of black-white sexual relations in this Q&A.

The Pill
Roots of the Pill [Text-based]

Find out about the two remarkable women activists behind the Pill.

The Pill
The Pill and You [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

Send in a comment on the Pill, birth control, and your own experience or beliefs.

The Pill
Margaret Sanger [Audio]

Watch a 16 minute film produced in 1966 by Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., narrated by Katherine Hepburn.

Tupperware!
Share Your Story [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

Did you ever sell Tupperware? Buy any? Or do you have an opinion you'd like to share? Let us know.

Tupperware!
Women and Work [Text-based]

Maps

Citizen King
Civil Rights Hot Spots [Non-Flash interactive]

Travel to civil rights hot spots on this map, and track the movement through its most tumultuous years.

Primary source

Citizen King
Three Perspectives [Video]

Screen historic public television interviews with Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and James Baldwin. Three clips.

Citizen King
What Can We Do? [Text-based]

A Federal Communications Commission employee appreciates a timely public television program.

Citizen King
Why the White Man Calls You "Nigger" [Text-based]

A woman from Brooklyn expresses her thoughts about race relations in 1963.

Citizen King
An Aggravating and Frightening Experience [Text-based]

A viewer seeks an on-air rebuttal to Malcolm X's remarks.

Ike
State of the Union Address, 1956 [Text-based]

Eisenhower concludes his speech with a call "to have every person judged and measured by what he is, rather than by his color, race or religion."

Ike
Brown v. Board of Education: Topeka, 1954 [Text-based]

Chief Justice Earl Warren delivers the Supreme Court's landmark decision abolishing "separate but equal" schools in public education.

Las Vegas: An Unconventional History
Race Bias Shocking in Las Vegas [Text-based]

A threatened protest organized by the Las Vegas chapter of the NAACP hastened the desegregation of Las Vegas.

LBJ
Commencement Address at Howard University: To Fulfill These Rights [Audio]

Johnson describes equal opportunity and the end of injustice as necessary elements in improving the lives of black Americans. (with RealAudio clip)

LBJ
Address to Congress: We Shall Overcome [Text-based]

LBJ expresses solidarity with the civil rights struggle and asks Congress to pass the Civil Rights Act.

LBJ
Address to Congress: Voting Rights [Audio]

The president calls for progress through the democratic process. (with RealAudio clip)

LBJ
Statement by the President on the Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. [Text-based]

LBJ
Address to the Nation Upon Proclaiming a Day of Mourning Following the Death of Dr. King [Text-based]

LBJ announces that Sunday, April 7, 1968 will be a national day of mourning.

LBJ
Executive Order: Equal Employment Opportunity [Text-based]

Johnson lays out his policy for equal employment for all, specifying rules and penalties.

LBJ
A Segregationist's View of the Civil Rights Movement [Text-based]

Presidential candidate George C. Wallace denounces the Civil Rights Act.

The Kennedys
President Kennedy on Civil Rights [Text-based]

In a televised address, the president asks the nation to face the most important issue of the era.

The Kennedys
Robert F. Kennedy on Civil Rights [Text-based]

Touring South Africa, Senator Kennedy outlines the need for a new world society based on inclusiveness.

The Kennedys
Robert F. Kennedy's Statement on the Death of Martin Luther King Jr. [Text-based]

The presidential candidate announces a leader's murder, and appeals to Americans to work for justice.

The Kennedys
Civil Rights Announcement [Text-based]

Following the forced desegregation of the University of Alabama, Kennedy calls for nationwide participation in addressing the "moral crisis" and guaranteeing that America is a "land of the free" for all citizens.

The Kennedys
Desegregation in the Schools of Alabama [Text-based]

Kennedy asks Alabama governor George Wallace to respect the law and desegregate the state's schools.

The Kennedys
Telegram from President Kennedy to Governor George Wallace of Alabama [Text-based]

The president spells out his authority to desegregate Alabama schools, by force if necessary.

The Kennedys
Telegram from Governor George Wallace of Alabama to President Kennedy [Text-based]

In reply, Wallace invokes states' rights and the Constitution to demand the federal government stay out of Alabama.

The Kennedys
I Have A Dream [Text-based]

Martin Luther King Jr.'s impassioned civil rights speech, delivered during the March on Washington and widely regarded as one of the greatest American speeches ever made.

The Kennedys
The Negro as an American [Text-based]

The head of President Kennedy's Housing and Home Finance Agency -- and the first black Cabinet member -- describes the responsibilities of black leadership.

The Murder of Emmett Till
In Till's Shadow [Text-based]

Learn about the long shadow cast by Emmett Till's murder.

The Murder of Emmett Till
Killers' Confession [Text-based]

Read the shocking admissions Bryant and Milam made in January 1956.

The Murder of Emmett Till
Letters to Chicago [Text-based]

Emmett's last letter home, and one from his aunt to his mother.

The Murder of Emmett Till
Reactions in Writing [Text-based]

Read reactions from across the nation following Till's murder and Milam and Bryant's trial.

The Pill
Feminists' Declaration about the Pill [Text-based]

Why is it safer for a man to go to the moon than for a woman to take the pill?

The Pill
Correspondence between Sanger and McCormick [Text-based]

Two elderly activists work to create a "magic pill."

Tupperware!
Women, Wishes and Wonder [Text-based]

Brownie Wise urged women to exercise their "will to wish" in her 1957 book Best Wishes, Brownie Wise.

Gallery

Malcolm X: Make It Plain
Gallery: A Boy Becomes a Man [Text-based]

Browse through this gallery of photos from throughout Malcolm X's life.

The Pill
Gallery [Image-based]

Browse samples of Pill package design in this gallery, featuring historical images from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

Timeline

A Brilliant Madness
Timeline: Treatments for Mental Illness [Text-based]

Citizen King
Timelines Related to Martin Luther King [Text-based]

The Web offers many sources of information on Dr. King's life. Here are a few timelines of note.

Malcolm X: Make It Plain
Timeline [Text-based]

Miss America
Timeline: Miss America [Text-based]

Read a timeline of the pageant and American women's history.

The Murder of Emmett Till
Timeline [Text-based]

Tupperware!
Timeline [Text-based]

Bibliography

Citizen King
Further Reading [Text-based]

Malcolm X: Make It Plain
Further Reading [Text-based]

Malcolm X: Make It Plain
Reflections [Video]

Friends and family share stories about Malcolm X.

Partners of the Heart
Further Reading [Text-based]

The Murder of Emmett Till
Further Reading [Text-based]

The Pill
Further Reading [Text-based]

Tupperware!
Further Reading [Text-based]

Teacher's guide

Citizen King
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Understand one of America's great leaders, the civil rights movement, race relations, regional political differences, federal government intervention in the states, definitions of freedom and citizenship, and more.

George Wallace: Settin' the Woods on Fire
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Study regionalism and race relations through the life of a firebrand politician who was both feared and admired.

Malcolm X -- Make It Plain
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Study the struggle for racial and gender equality, the leadership and ideology of Malcolm X and his legacy.

Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Find out about African American political movements, radicalism and the life of a leader who influenced politics and culture around the world.

Partners of the Heart
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Download an activity-packed resource guide and explore issues of racism, segregation, and the power of resilience. Also, learn about opportunities for minority students in science and medicine today.

The Murder of Emmett Till
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Learn about race relations then and now; the Mississippi judicial system and the rights of black citizens in the 1950s; segregation in Chicago and the rural South; lynching; sharecropping; the northern migration of African Americans; and the roots of the civil rights movement.