Distributed by U.S. Allegiance Inc., 63075 NE 18th St., Bend, OR 97701; 541-330-6282
Produced by U.S. Allegiance, Inc.
Directed by Steve Crawford
DVD, color and b&, 38 min.
Jr. High - Adult
African American Studies, Human Rights, History
Reviewed by Patricia B. McGee, Coordinator of Media Services, Volpe Library & Media Center, Tennessee Technological University
Recommended with reservations
Date Entered: 6/6/2006
U.S. Allegiance Inc., the producer of To Form a More Perfect Union: Milestones of the Civil Rights Movement, markets branded merchandise under license from United States corporations and governmental agencies such as the various branches of the military and the U.S. Post Office. This documentary uses commemorative stamps as a visual cue to introduce ten seminal events in the Civil Rights Movement.
Milestones of the Civil Rights Movement is a compilation of brief archival footage highlighting significant civil rights events: Trumanís Executive Order 9981 Integrating the Armed Services, Brown v. Board of Education, Montgomery Bus Boycott, Little Rock Nine, Lunch Counter Sit-ins, Freedom Riders, the 1963 March on Washington, the Selma March and the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Each vignette, a mix of moving and still photos with a voice over narration, is only minutes in length and presents a brief overview of the event in question. The film contains little analysis and interpretative materials. This documentary can be used to introduce the significant events of the Civil Rights Movement and thus it is a useful addition to the secondary school media resources collection.