Videos depicting and interpreting the Sixties
Watching and hearing the past

Videos on the internet that deal with the 1960s

Civil Rights

As We See It: Little Rock Central High School, Part 1 and As We See It, Part 2 (30 minutes total). This documentary focuses on Little Rock Central High School in the 1950’s and the 1970’s. It begins with an account of the dramatic episodes that occurred when 9 black students tried to attend an all-white high school in 1957. Actual film of the conflict is shown along with commentary by Elizabeth Ekford, one of the Little Rock Nine. The school environment remained hostile until 1968 when the Civil Rights Movement affected the Arkansas school and race relations improved. The documentary shows the school in 1978 with integrated extra-curricular activities as well as personal accounts of interracial friendship and cooperation.

The printable lesson plan that accompanies As We See It includes these questions:

Malcolm X, Part 1 and Malcolm X, Part 2 (30 minutes total). The Museum of Broadcast Communications presents a streaming video (RealPlayer) interview with Malcolm X by Chicago journalists, Len O’Connor, Floyd Kalber, and Jim Hurlbut. Malcolm X begins by explaining his Muslim religious loyalties to Elijah Muhammed. He is asked, “Do you hate whites?” He explained that in his religion the only hatred is of evil, drunkiness, poverty and drugs. He spoke of “Negroes” and how they have actually been slaves long after they were freed in this country. He defends his calls for a separate nation for Negroes. O’Connor questioned him regarding his name, and he said it is the only name he has. He thinks segregation is still an issue, and it is hypocrisy to pretend otherwise. Malcolm X is striving for racial dignity and wants to reclaim grace and pride in his race. Printable lesson plan.

The Vietnam War

The First Televised War, Part 1 and The First Televised War, Part 2 (30 minutes total). The Museum of Broadcast Communications presents a streaming video (RealPlayer) made by Bill Corley of NBC News in 1966. The camera captured dramatic pictures of a war hero’s leg amputation, a subsequent interview with the decorated soldier, and threatening warfare during a live news broadcast which endangered the life of journalist Ron Nesson. Pictures of the plains of reeds along the Me Kong Delta accompanied Corley’s introspective narration.  “How does one describe a war tunnel - even with a camera?” Corley asks. The NBC station in Saigon looks like any other television station, but it was not. Landmines, booby traps, and environmental obstacles made live news reporting difficult at best. This documentary clearly illustrates the impact of war on television and television on the war.

The Printable Lesson Plans that accompany The First Televised War suggest these discussion questions:

  1. A reporter has an obligation to report the news as it happens. Do you think that they should be responsible for what they put on the news? (For example: graphic pictures of death or destruction)
  2. During World War II, everyone rallied around the flag and supported the men fighting in the war. When the soldiers came home they came home as heroes. The Vietnam War created social unrest; the “right? or “wrong? of the war was debated in every household across the nation; and people protested while young men fled the country to avoid the draft. Soldiers who returned to America were not embraced as heroes, and many were looked at with shame and often called names like “baby killer.? Do you think that televising the war helped create the negative attitude of the American public?

The Antiwar Movement

The changing role of television news The Museum of Broadcast Communications presents a streaming video (RealPlayer) of Robert Mulholland, Ron Magers and John Gibbs discussing WMAQ-TV’s “1968: Year Unpredictable,” a historic 8 1/2 hour review of that tumultuous year. The panel also examines the evolution of television news since that time. The discussion lasts 1 hour and 51 minutes.

Posted by Michael L Umphrey on 12/28 at 01:28 AM