Educational Support Materials for the exhibit...
MARCH 13, 2003 THROUGH APRIL 18, 2003
THE EXHIBIT: FREEDOM: THE HISTORY OF US
The current exhibit is Freedom: The History of US, sponsored by G.E. In a letter informing schools about the exhibit, Gus Serra, Manager of Community Relations and Communication at G.E., wrote:
The exhibit is based on the book, Freedom: A History of US by Joy Hakim, and was made into a landmark series of 16 TV documentaries that aired on PBS for eight weeks beginning in January, 2003. The videos are available from PBS and study guides and activities are available at www.pbs.org. When students come for the Freedom Tour, they may see excerpts from the PBS series. The following is from the introduction to the PBS guide:
There couldnt be a better time for you to see this exhibit, because the issues it covers are very alive at this moment in our nation as issues of democracy and our constitutional freedoms are being hotly debated in Congress and all across the United States.
The exhibit reproduces revolutionary documents primary sources - of our history that proclaimed our rights to self-government and freedom. It shows evidence letters, photographs, art work - of the work of courageous men and women who took great risks as concepts of freedom evolved.
As preparation for the exhibit and, as a follow-up, we encourage your students to conduct research and engage in discussions and debate on their views about the past and present state of our freedoms. This is not a mere academic exercise, but the results of the research and the actions taken can affect the students and the future history of our great country.
After viewing the exhibit and participating in dialogue, students will:
The exhibit was developed by Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the Meserve-Kunhardt Collection and is presented by PictureHistory
Educational Materials Prepared by Janet Luongo, Educational Consultant