To use the power of documentary films to encourage public conversations about the changing meanings of freedom and equality in America.
A project of the National Endowment for the Humanities' Bridging Cultures initiative, Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle brings four documentary films spanning the period from 1830s to the 1960s to communities across the country and encourages Americans to reflect on the ideals of freedom and equality that have helped bridge deep racial and cultural divides in our civic life. Supplementary materials are provided to encourage communities and schools to reflect on the history of the civil rights movement and the ideals of freedom and equality.
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The four films The Abolitionists, Slavery by Another Name, Freedom Riders, and The Loving Story (excerpts) can be viewed on the site, which also offers resources for teachers, including scholarly essays, background articles, and discussion questions for each film, and a programming guide, developed in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, for organizations interested in offering Created Equal programs in their communities.