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The basic drive to discover who we are and where we come from is at the core of the 10-part PBS series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the 12th series from Professor Gates, the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research.

A Hurried Escape


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A Hurried Escape

This video segment from Finding Your Roots explains the division of Korea in 1948 through the personal experiences of Margaret Cho’s father.

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Views: 119
  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 12
After Slavery


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After Slavery

In this video segment from Finding Your Roots, Kevin Bacon learns how his ancestor dedicated her life to educating freed slaves.

  • Grades: 8-11
  • Views: 130
  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 25
The Colonization of the United States


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The Colonization of the United States

Using video segments from the PBS series Finding Your Roots, this lesson explores Spanish colonialism in the Southwest; the lesson also expands the discussion to include other countries that colonized in North America.

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Views: 456
  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 52
Coming to America


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Coming to America

Using video segments from the PBS series Finding Your Roots, this lesson explores why groups of people leave their native countries, often to come to the United States, and what major historical milestones prompted mass migrations.

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Views: 139
  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 19
Crescent City Gumbo: Race & Jazz in New Orleans


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Crescent City Gumbo: Race & Jazz in New Orleans

This lesson uses video excerpts from the PBS series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. to explore the history of racial diversity and intermingling in New Orleans, and how it gave rise to the uniquely American art form of jazz.

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Views: 113
  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 9
Facing Muslim Stereotypes After September 11


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Facing Muslim Stereotypes After September 11

In this video segment from Finding Your Roots, Yasir Qadhi shares his personal experience with Muslim stereotypes and anti-Muslim sentiments following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

  • Grades: 10-12
  • Views: 222
  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 22
Faith and Rebellion


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Faith and Rebellion

In this video segment from Finding Your Roots, Professor Henry Louis Gates discusses Maggie Gyllenhaal’s family’s religion, Swedenborgianism. The background of the religion is explored and Maggie shares her father’s rejection of the religion.

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Views: 80
  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 6
Faith in Change: John Lewis


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Faith in Change: John Lewis

This lesson uses video segments from the PBS series Finding Your Roots to explore the American civil rights movement of the 1960s through the personal experience of one of its most prominent leaders—Congressman John Lewis.

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Views: 138
  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 14
Founding Mothers


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Founding Mothers

This video segment from Finding Your Roots explains why some Jewish ancestries can be traced back thousands of years through DNA.

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Views: 67
  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 11
Free, but not Free: Life of Free Blacks before the Civil War


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Free, but not Free: Life of Free Blacks before the Civil War

This hands-on, media-enhanced lesson explores the life of free blacks in the United States prior to the Civil War using video segments from Finding Your Roots.

  • Grades: 9-11
  • Views: 606
  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 28
Growing up under Jim Crow in Birmingham, Alabama


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Growing up under Jim Crow in Birmingham, Alabama

In this video segment from Finding Your Roots, Condoleezza Rice discusses what life was like growing up in Birmingham, Alabama during the era of Jim Crow.

  • Grades: 8-11
  • Views: 279
  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 27
Growing up under Jim Crow in Grapeland, Texas


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Growing up under Jim Crow in Grapeland, Texas

This video segment from Finding Your Roots features Ruth Simmons as she discusses her childhood in Grapeland, Texas as the daughter of sharecroppers.

  • Grades: 8-11
  • Views: 172
  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 22
Growing up under Jim Crow in Piedmont, West Virginia and Chattanooga, Tennessee


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Growing up under Jim Crow in Piedmont, West Virginia and Chattanooga, Tennessee

This video segment from Finding Your Roots details what life was like during the Jim Crow era in Chattanooga, Tennessee through the personal experiences of actor Samuel L. Jackson.

  • Grades: 8-11
  • Views: 300
  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 16
The Last Conquistador


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The Last Conquistador

In this video segment from Finding Your Roots, the Spanish colonization of New Mexico is explored, and the story of the “Last Conquistador” is told.

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Views: 369
  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 36
Leaving Poland


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Leaving Poland

In this video segment from Finding Your Roots, Martha Stewart learns the fate of her great-grandparents, who died during the Polish-Soviet War.

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Views: 45
  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 5
The Most Powerful Instrument


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The Most Powerful Instrument

In this video segment from Finding Your Roots, Congressman John Lewis recalls the March on Selma, a civil rights protest focusing on the African American right to vote; the event began peacefully but ended violently.

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Views: 168
  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 20
Mumbet


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Mumbet

This video segment from Finding Your Roots tells the story of Mumbet, a female slave who fought for (and won) her freedom after hearing the Declaration of Independence read.

  • Grades: 8-11
  • Views: 107
  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 10
Only In America


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Only In America

This video segment from the PBS series Finding Your Roots provides a brief biography of Congressman John Lewis, including his role in the civil rights movement.

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Views: 154
  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 12
The Partition of India


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The Partition of India

In this video segment from Finding Your Roots, the partition of India is explored through the personal experience of Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s mother.

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Views: 399
  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 25
The Pueblo Revolt


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The Pueblo Revolt

This video segment from Finding Your Roots discusses the Pueblo Revolt, a battle in history in which Pueblo Indians revolted against Spanish colonists who were imposing their culture and religion on the Native Americans.

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Views: 460
  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 31