Meet Susan B. Anthony, as recreated by Sally Matson, an actress and educator.  This brief film is an introduction to the forty-five minute dramatization which Sally Matson presents in schools, universities, libraries and other institutions.  To bring her to your school, email or call (978) 749-9908.  Also see her website:


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Civics for Democracy: A Journey for Teachers and Students
by Katherine Isaac (Essential Books, PO Box 19405, Washington DC), 1989

In Defense of Liberty: The Story of America's Bill of Rights
by Russell Freedman (Holiday House, New York), 2003

Participation in Government: Making a Difference
by the Center for Instructional Development, Syracuse University
(Copley Publishing Group, Littleton, Massachusettss), 1988

Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching, A Resource Guide for K-12 Classrooms, edited by Deborah Menkart, Alana Murray, Jenice View
(Teaching for Change and the Poverty & Race Research Action Council), 2004

Roots and Patterns: Educational Resources for High Schools, a series of four educational booklets produced by the Institute of Race Relations (UK) on the historical roots of racism and the fi ght against it. The series includes the cartoon book,
How racism came to Britain (see pages 7 and 8 of this text).
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Visions of Liberty: The Bill of Rights for All Americans
by Ira Glasser (Arcade Publishing, Little, Brown and Company, New York), 1991

We the Students: Supreme Court Cases for and about Students
by Jamin Raskin, (CQ Press, Washington DC), 2003

Tracked in America is an interactive Web site that explores how surveillance techniques
were used against citizens and residents of the United States since World War I. Periods
of history covered on this Web site are:

1. Before World War I
2. World War I
3. Pearl Harbor
4. McCarthy Era
5. Civil Rights
6. 1980-2000
7. After 9 /11

The Web site contains audio recordings collected for the project. Historians were interviewed in order to provide background and context to the issue of surveillance in the United States. Background information for each era of history documented on the website, and testimony from individuals tracked by the government is included. Most of the audio testimony was taken recently in interviews conducted by the producer of the website.
The Zinn Education Project: Teaching a People’s History website.  It features downloadable teaching activities meant to bring a people’s history to middle and high school classrooms.


ACLU Freedom Files: This 10 part-series tells the stories of real people in America whose civil liberties have been threatened, and how they fought back. Each DVD is one-half hour long. Themes: Beyond the Patriot Act, Dissent, Drug Wars, Gay and Lesbian Rights, Racial Profiling, Religious Freedom, The Supreme Court, Voting Rights, Women's Rights, Youth Speak

To borrow films for schools in Massachusetts, contact or telephone (617) 482-3170 x 314.
To purchase films: The DVD set is available in many retail stores.

For information about ordering classroom sets of Rights Matter: the Story of the Bill of Rights, contact

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