The 50th anniversary of freedom for many Americans offers a vital learning opportunity for us all.

  • Oct 03, 2014

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“Determine that a thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.” —Abraham Lincoln

It was just 50 years ago that President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law, a huge milestone in the fight for freedom that began with the signing of the Declaration of Independence way back in 1776.

And of the myriad reasons this event was momentous—chief among them the fact that for the first time in their history African-Americans would enjoy the full rights of citizenship—it was an opportunity for modern America to become embroiled in an issue directly connected to the nation’s founding.

This anniversary holds special importance in America’s classrooms, and in recognition of that, History Channel has devoted an entire edition of its popular Idea Book for Educators (below) to the topic.

Created as a companion to the Library of Congress exhibition The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom, the 19-page book is chock full of ideas on teaching from primary sources, and it’s available for download free of charge.

To get your copy, visit History Channel Classroom.

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 —Stephen Vincent D’Emidio

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