Reconstruction: The Birth of a Nation - Rewriting History through Propaganda

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How historically accurate was the film The Birth of a Nation? Using a video that features clips from the film and analysis from historians, young scholars explore the connection between art and history. Additional activities include applying what they've learned to propaganda on social media. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Discuss the effects of propaganda in shaping public opinion using video and provided questions
Classroom Considerations

  • Resource is one in a four-part series from PBS
  • Lesson covers a film that includes highly racist images and discussion of rape
Pros

  • Images are gripping and engaging
  • Discussion questions and activities provide context for students for disturbing material
Cons

  • None