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Bending the Arc of the Moral Universe: African Americans' Struggle to Live Their Freedoms
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Hasan Jeffries, professor of history at The Ohio State University on Civil Rights and Black Power Movement, and author of Bloody Lowndes: Civil Rights and Black Power in Alabama's Black Belt presents on the fight African Americans have taken to live their First Amendment freedoms.

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History
U.S. History
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
First Amendment Museum
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Speaker Series
Author:
Christian Cotz
Hasan Jeffries
Date Added:
02/18/2021
Fake News, the First Amendment, and the State of American Media
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Former Maine newspaper editor Chet Lunner brings a unique, 360-degree perspective of current affairs and "fake news" as a veteran journalist, 9/11 government spokesman, and crisis communications expert. He looks at the history and impact of misinformation, how Maine's founders predicted the dangers of "alternative facts," and some solutions that anyone can employ.

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Civics
History
Social Science
U.S. History
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
First Amendment Museum
Provider Set:
Speaker Series
Author:
Chet Lunner
Christian Cotz
Date Added:
04/01/2021
The Fight For Free Speech
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First Amendment Museum board secretary and First Amendment expert Gene Policinski interviews author Ian Rosenberg about his book, "The Fight For Free Speech: Ten Cases That Define Our First Amendment Freedoms."

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Civics
History
Law
Legal History
Social Science
U.S. History
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
First Amendment Museum
Provider Set:
Speaker Series
Author:
Christian Cotz
Gene Policinski
Ian Rosenberg
Date Added:
03/04/2021
First Amendment Interview with Bill Nemitz
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"WRDS MTR: We need to listen to each other." Portland Press Herald opinion columnist Bill Nemitz, who has worked in journalism for four decades, talks about his experience with the First Amendment, including thoughts on the "c-word" (censorship), Governor Paul LePage, and vulgar vanity plates.

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Civics
History
Social Science
U.S. History
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
First Amendment Museum
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One on 1
Author:
Bill Nemitz
Christian Cotz
Date Added:
01/23/2021
First Amendment Interview with Chet Lunner
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"Fake news: not a new problem, it's a new platform." Many questions surrounding free speech, the First Amendment, and the role of disinformation have arisen since the storming of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. on January 6th, 2021. Chet Lunner, national correspondent, press secretary, and intel officer provides a unique perspective on the role of fake news, the First Amendment, and our national government.

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Civics
History
Social Science
U.S. History
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
First Amendment Museum
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One on 1
Author:
Chet Lunner
Christian Cotz
Date Added:
01/15/2021
First Amendment Interview with Gene Policinski
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"Educating people about their five freedoms is a life's work." Gene Policinski, the senior fellow for the First Amendment at the Freedom Forum, and former president and chief operating officer of the Freedom Forum Institute talks about the First Amendment.

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History
U.S. History
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
First Amendment Museum
Provider Set:
One on 1
Author:
Christian Cotz
Gene Policinski
Date Added:
12/14/2020
First Amendment Interview with Hasan Jeffries
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"They were written on paper, not on stone." Hasan Jeffries, professor of Civil Rights & Black Power history, author, and podcast host, touches on how speaking up has shaped our culture, how the First Amendment is critical when thinking about the Black experience, and why "freedom for the thought that we hate" is most important.

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Civics
History
Social Science
U.S. History
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
First Amendment Museum
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One on 1
Author:
Christian Cotz
Hasan Jeffries
Date Added:
04/26/2021
First Amendment Interview with Matt Storin
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"The First Amendment is like the owner's manual for Americans." Matt Storin, former editor of the Boston Globe, discusses how the freedom of the press protected him and his newspaper from being sued for reporting on the truth.

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Civics
History
Social Science
U.S. History
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
First Amendment Museum
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One on 1
Author:
Christian Cotz
Matt Storin
Date Added:
03/11/2021
First Amendment Interview with Noelle Trent
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"The First Amendment is Americans' superpower." Noelle Trent, the Director of Interpretation, Collections & Education at the National Civil Rights Museum, talks to us about the movement in the wake of George Floyd's murder, differences between the protests of today and in the '60s, and how the First Amendment is Americans' "superpower".

Subject:
Civics
History
Social Science
U.S. History
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
First Amendment Museum
Provider Set:
One on 1
Author:
Christian Cotz
Noelle Trent
Date Added:
02/09/2021
First Amendment & School
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In this Bill of Rights lesson, the teacher or presenter leads the class narratively through a scenario that attempts to raise questions about all of the areas protected by the First Amendment.

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Civics
History
Social Science
U.S. History
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
First Amendment Museum
Provider Set:
Lessons Plans
Author:
Bernie Huebner
Date Added:
07/12/2017
From the Constitution to COVID: Religious Freedom in America
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Author and law professor Mike Meyerson, a gifted storyteller and animated speaker, explores the themes and history of religious freedom in the United States, from the founding fathers to present-day issues surrounding COVID.

Subject:
History
U.S. History
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
First Amendment Museum
Provider Set:
Speaker Series
Author:
Christian Cotz
Michael Meyerson
Date Added:
01/14/2021
Gee's Bend Quilting Craft
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A craft to teach about the strong African American tradition of quilting and include the vibrant, patterned textiles of Africa.

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History
U.S. History
Material Type:
Game
Provider:
First Amendment Museum
Author:
Deborah Williams
Date Added:
02/02/2021
Make a Suffragette Daffodil
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A craft to teach about the symbolism that the Maine Suffragettes, a group in Maine who fought for women to have the right to vote, used when wearing yellow daffodils.

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History
U.S. History
Material Type:
Game
Provider:
First Amendment Museum
Author:
Bernadette Stolt
Deborah Williams
Date Added:
09/01/2020
Martin Luther King, Jr: A Dream Deferred to a Nightmare
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Ryan M. Jones, historian and Museum Educator at the National Civil Rights Museum – the site of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination – presents on the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement.

Subject:
History
U.S. History
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
First Amendment Museum
Provider Set:
Speaker Series
Author:
Christian Cotz
Ryan M. Jones
Date Added:
01/21/2021
The Other Madisons
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Christian Cotz, CEO of the First Amendment Museum, introduces Dr. Bettye Kearse, author of The Other Madisons: The Lost History of a President's Black Family, and filmmaker Eduardo Montes-Bradley, as they present Eduardo's new film based on Bettye's book. Both the book and the film chronicle Kearse's family credo which was passed down for 200 years: "Always remember—you're a Madison. You come from African slaves and a president."

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History
U.S. History
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
First Amendment Museum
Provider Set:
Speaker Series
Author:
Bettye Kearse
Christian Cotz
Eduardo Montes-Bradley
Date Added:
03/18/2021
Postal Censorship in the World War One Era
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This lesson plan helps students understand how the First Amendment was comprisedduring WW1 and learn more about censorship. After viewing WW1 propaganda, and learning about censorship, students will act as censors after they read real letters from the WW1 era. Students are going to act as censors after theyread letters from the World War One era.

Subject:
Civics
History
Social Science
U.S. History
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
First Amendment Museum
Provider Set:
Lessons Plans
Author:
Crystal Polk
Date Added:
07/12/2017
Protest Music: Songs and Free Speech
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Protest music is the soundtrack behind the great historical events that shaped our country, from the American Revolution to the 2020 Presidential Election. The First Amendment protects the freedoms that allow free expression and the creation of protest music. This exhibition explores the evolution of American protest songs and samples various styles, genres, and causes that have been advocated for and represented through music, from 1774 to today.

Subject:
History
U.S. History
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
First Amendment Museum
Provider Set:
Online Exhibits
Author:
Christian Cotz
Deborah Williams
Maxwell Nosbisch
Date Added:
07/12/2020
Spanish Flu and the First Amendment
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Learn how the suppression of Free Speech and Free Press by the US Government had a disastrous influence on the spread of the Spanish Flu. We take a broader look, as well as focus on one small Maine community, to see the lives affected by this deadly disease and the tragic consequences of the restriction on First Amendment freedoms.

Subject:
History
U.S. History
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
First Amendment Museum
Author:
Deborah Williams
Maxwell Nosbisch
Date Added:
10/22/2020