American Experience webpage for Freedom Summer

American Experience: Freedom Summer

In the summer of 1964, student volunteers from around the country joined organizers and local African Americans in a historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in what was one of the nation’s most segregated states. The website features historical background essays, bonus video of interviews with participants and original art work.

  • David Walker's "Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World"

    Created April 1, 2014
    Selma to Montgomery March photograph by James Karales

    Created Equal

    The NEH Created Equal initiative uses the power of documentary films to encourage public conversations about the changing meanings of freedom and equality in America. The five films that are part of this project tell the remarkable stories of individuals who challenged the social and legal status quo, from slavery to segregation.

    Freedom Rider civil rights bus

    "Created Equal": Four films on the history of the civil rights movement

    This NEH initiative brings five outstanding films on the long civil rights movement to communities across the United States. As part of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)’s Bridging Cultures initiative, Created Equal has encouraged communities across the country to revisit the history of civil rights in America.

    Robert Smalls

    "The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross"

    Explore the evolution of the African American people in this six-part documentary presented by Henry Louis Gates Jr. Discover the how they forged their own history, culture, and society against unimaginable odds.

    President George W. Bush declares war on terrorism

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    Feminist Frances “Fanny” Wright delivers speech about women's rights

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    Lyndon Baines Johnson, 37th President of the United States, born

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