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Nov 01, 2022 2022-11-01

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Digital Destination Providing Historical Context to Today’s Issues

Ken Burns and his collaborators have been creating historical documentary films for more than 40 years. Known for a signature style that brings primary source documents, images, and archival video footage to life on screen, these films present the opportunity to pose thought-provoking questions for students and introduce new ideas, perspectives, and primary sources.

Powered by PBS LearningMedia, Ken Burns In the Classroom hosts sections entitled Media Gallery (173 resources); Video (434 resources); Document (6 resources); Lesson Plan (49 resources); Image (25 resources); and Interactive (3 resources) for grades 3–5, 6–8, and 9–12. Educators can jump to Resources by Era or by Film. Just added is Burns’s most recent documentary, The US and the Holocaust, which examines the tragic human consequences of public indifference, bureaucratic red tape, and restrictive quota laws in America through firsthand testimony of witnesses and survivors who as children endured persecution, violence, and flight as their families tried to escape Hitler.

Plus: Ken Burns UNUM is a digital destination from PBS designed to provide historical context to today’s issues and spark conversation. Curated by Ken Burns, it highlights themes throughout American history to surface new, unexpected connections. UNUM is inspired by the original motto of the United States—out of many, one.

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