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July 6, 2015
Through the use of voice-over and onscreen narration, interviews, maps, images, documents, reenactments, key locations, and appropriate music, this documentary will examine a crucial incident in the evolution of Native American civil rights. The Fall Creek massacre took place in 1824 near Pendleton, a town in Fall Creek Township, Madison County, Indiana, when a mixed group of nine Native Americans was killed by seven white men, most of whom were subsequently brought to trial for the murders. The resulting legal actions, which rose to the level of the Indiana Supreme Court, led to conviction and execution of the main defendants. The various courts’ decisions established a precedent for punishment in cases of white aggression toward Native Americans. The ramifications of the Fall Creek massacre and subsequent legal actions reached far beyond Indiana and have influenced state, regional, and federal treatment of Native Americans during subsequent generations to the present day. Read more.
National Issues Forums Institute has deliberative issue guides available on many different topics, including bullying, social security, alcohol and drug abuse, mental illness, education, immigration, economics, politics, and the environment. The Agency for Instructional Technology has been contracted to create affordable classroom versions of some of these issue guides that are suitable for middle to high school students. Currently there are classroom packages for Bullying, What Should Go on the Internet, Political Fix, America’s Role in the World, and two historical issues: 1776 and A New Land. In production are America’s Future and The Future of Work.
The classroom packages include a trigger video that runs approximately 8–10 minutes, a background brief for students, and a teacher’s guide (including student handouts and overheads) that guides the teacher through a 6-day lesson plan. More.
Mary Bateman Clark: A Woman of Colour and Courage explores the pursuit of freedom and equality—a theme central to American history and to the complex and changing notions of race, slavery, and the law that existed in antebellum America, even in the North. The program focuses on the Indiana Supreme Court case of In re Mary Clark (1821). The 1816 Indiana constitution stated that, “There shall be neither slavery nor involuntary servitude in this state.” Nevertheless, slavery and involuntary servitude did exist in Indiana after 1816. Read more.
AIT is partnering with the Kettering Foundation to provide fulfillment services for Kettering Foundation Press. This collaboration should enable the foundation to make their materials more widely available through expanded networks of people, organizations, and online media. More.