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Teaching Banished

Teaching Banished

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Thousands of African Americans were driven from their communities by violent mobs in the late 1800s and early 1900s. In fear for their lives, the victims left behind their land, homes and businesses, never to return. The documentary Banished: American Ethnic Cleansings by Marco Williams focuses on these events in three towns in the United States and places this history in the context of present-day race relations. Teaching Banished, a web-exclusive study guide allows educators to share Williams’ work in the classroom. It examines the efforts of current residents, descendants, journalist and politicians to address this history, and explores issues of memory, justice, and reconciliation. The guide takes the experiences of those in the film and delves deeper by asking critical Facing History and Ourselves’ questions: How does a community reconcile past wrongs and move toward justice? How can addressing the past restore the dignity of victims, perpetrators and bystanders? What should happen as a result of this history in the featured towns and in our own communities?

Features include:

* The full transcript of the film, Banished: American Ethnic Cleansings
* Easy organization that allows for flexibility for all educators
* Pre-view and Post-view sections that help initiate and stimulate classroom discussion
* Guiding questions
* Images from the film
* Project ideas for the classroom
* Suggested resources for further study
Thousands of African Americans were driven from their communities by violent mobs in the late 1800s and early 1900s. In fear for their lives, the victims left behind their land, homes and businesses, never to return. The documentary Banished: American Ethnic Cleansings by Marco Williams focuses on these events in three towns in the United States and places this history in the context of present-day race relations. Teaching Banished, a web-exclusive study guide allows educators to share Williams’ work in the classroom. It examines the efforts of current residents, descendants, journalist and politicians to address this history, and explores issues of memory, justice, and reconciliation. The guide takes the experiences of those in the film and delves deeper by asking critical Facing History and Ourselves’ questions: How does a community reconcile past wrongs and move toward justice? How can addressing the past restore the dignity of victims, perpetrators and bystanders? What should happen as a result of this history in the featured towns and in our own communities?

Features include:

* The full transcript of the film, Banished: American Ethnic Cleansings
* Easy organization that allows for flexibility for all educators
* Pre-view and Post-view sections that help initiate and stimulate classroom discussion
* Guiding questions
* Images from the film
* Project ideas for the classroom
* Suggested resources for further study

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Facing History and Ourselves is an international educational and proessional developmentorganization whose mission is to engage students o diverse backgrounds in an examination o racism, prejudice, and antisemitism in order to promote the development o a more humaneand inormed citizenry. By studying the historical development o the Holocaust and otherexamples o genocide, students make the essential connection between history and the mor-al choices they conront in their own lives. For more inormation about Facing History andOurselves, please visit our website at
.Copyright © 2009 by Facing History and Ourselves National Foundation, Inc. All rights reserved.Facing History and Ourselves
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 About FAcing History And ourselves
Facing History and Ourselves is a nonprot educational organization whose mission is toengage students o diverse backgrounds in an examination o racism, prejudice, and antisemi-tism in order to promote a more humane and inormed citizenry. As the name Facing Historyand Ourselves implies, the organization helps teachers and their students make the essentialconnections between history and the moral choices they conront in their own lives, and oersa ramework and a vocabulary or analyzing the meaning and responsibility o citizenship andthe tools to recognize bigotry and indierence in their own worlds. Through a rigorous exami-nation o the ailure o democracy in Germany during the 1920s and ’30s and the steps leadingto the Holocaust, along with other examples o hatred, collective violence, and genocide in thepast century, Facing History and Ourselves provides educators with tools or teaching historyand ethics, and or helping their students learn to combat prejudice with compassion, indier-ence with participation, myth and misinormation with knowledge.Believing that no classroom exists in isolation, Facing History and Ourselves oers programsand materials to a broad audience o students, parents, teachers, civic leaders, and all o thosewho play a role in the education o young people. Through signicant higher education part-nerships, Facing History and Ourselves also reaches and impacts teachers beore they entertheir classrooms.By studying the choices that led to critical episodes in history, students learn how issues o identity and membership, ethics and judgment have meaning today and in the uture. FacingHistory and Ourselves’ resource books provide a meticulously researched yet fexible structureor examining complex events and ideas. Educators can select appropriate readings and drawon additional resources available online or rom our comprehensive lending library.Our oundational resource book,
Facing History and Ourselves: Holocaust and Human Behavior,
 embodies a sequence o study that begins with identity—rst individual identity and thengroup and national identities, with their denitions o membership. From there the programexamines the ailure o democracy in Germany and the steps leading to the Holocaust—themost documented case o twentieth-century indierence, de-humanization, hatred, racism,antisemitism, and mass murder. It goes on to explore dicult questions o judgment, memory,and legacy, and the necessity or responsible participation to prevent injustice. Facing Historyand Ourselves then returns to the theme o civic participation to examine stories o individuals,groups, and nations who have worked to build just and inclusive communities and whose sto-ries illuminate the courage, compassion, and political will that are needed to protect democracytoday and in generations to come. Other examples in which civic dilemmas test democracy,such as the Armenian Genocide and the U.S. civil rights movement, expand and deepen theconnection between history and the choices we ace today and in the uture.Facing History and Ourselves has oces or resource centers in the United States, Canada, andthe United Kingdom as well as in-depth partnerships in Rwanda, South Arica, and NorthernIreland. Facing History and Ourselves’ outreach is global, with educators trained in more than

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