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"Reporting America at War"

The NEH-funded film by Stephen Ives, Reporting America at War, explores the role of American journalists from San Juan Hill to the Persian Gulf in a three-hour documentary that tells the dramatic and often surprising stories of the reporters who wrote the news from the battlefield.

Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse

Walt Disney

American Experience's mini site for the Walt Disney film offers an unprecedented look at the complex life and enduring legacy of one of America’s best-known storytellers – Walt Disney.

Launchpad: “The Grand Inquisitor” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

By Ed Marks and Dan Cummings, revised by Joe Phelan

About the Author

In the spring of 1849, Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821–1881) faced a Russian firing squad. He had been accused of the political crime of promoting utopian socialism, a popular ideology that threatened the deeply conservative government of Czar Nicholas I. Just as the order was being given to the firing squad to shoot, a messenger appeared with an edict from the Czar commuting the sentence to four years of hard labor in Siberia.

American Experience webpage for Freedom Summer

American Experience: Freedom Summer

In the summer of 1964, student volunteers joined local African Americans in a historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in Mississippi. The website features historical background essays, bonus video interviews with participants and original art work.

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.

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Exploring Women's History Through Film

This Women’s History Month, EDSITEment invites teachers, parents and students to honor American women’s experience in wartime. From the American Revolution through WWII, examine the vital roles women have played on the battlefield, behind the lines, and on the home front.

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.

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

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