On This Day: The United Nations Charter

Established after the devastation of World War II, the United Nations was meant to uphold peace among nations—though the idea isn't without its critics. Using newsreel footage from its establishment and videos of politicians from Eleanor Roosevelt to Donald Trump, class members consider the reasons for and legacies of the institution. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the newsreel to show the procedures of the United Nations
  • Offer the Roosevelt clip before engaging learners in a debate about the role of the United Nations
Classroom Considerations

  • To view videos, create a free account or the use of the following login credentials: Username: students, Password: C-SPANCLASSROOM
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information

  • Video clips offer a variety of perspectives on the institution of the United Nations
  • Vintage videos are engaging and intriguing

  • Newsreel footage is broken into two clips, making the videos a bit disorganized