A History of Equal Rights in America recounts the significant advances and the ongoing effort to gain a clear and permanent guarantee of privileges for women and all economically disadvantaged groups. From the right to own property, to the formation of labor unions, women's suffrage, consumer rights, equal pay, Title IX and the Disabilities Act. This series includes key historical individuals such as: Susan B. Anthony, Horace Mann, Mary Lyon, Juana Briones, Betty Friedan, Madeleine Albright and more.
Hosted by Rosa Vasquez.
Series of 8 programs on 4 DVDs.
Closed Captioned for the Hearing Impaired. DVD Extra: Educator's Guide, Blackline Master Quizzes, Historical and Legal Documents.
- Program 1: 1772 - 1837
The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights create the foundation for equal rights in America.
- 1772 Samuel Adams Pens The Rights of the Colonists
- 1776 - America's Declaration of Independence Sets the Stage for Equality
- 1785 - Congress Extends Property Ownership to the Common Man
- 1791 - The Bill of Rights Guarantees Equal Rights
- 1837 - Horace Mann Leads the Way for Universal Education
- Program 2: 1837 - 1862
American women launch the world's first equal rights movement, while Blacks build their own universities for equality in education.
- 1837 - Mary Lyon Leads the Fight for Equality in Education
- 1843 -Juana Briones Establishes Women's Property Rights
- 1848 - New York Passes the First Married Women's Property Act
- 1849 - Amelia Bloomer Founds The Lily
- 1854 - Blacks Begin the Struggle for Equality in Education
- 1862 - Homestead Act Opens Up Property Rights for Women
- Program 3: 1863 - 1902
Program Three examines the nation's first Equal Rights Association while Blacks and the American worker struggle to obtain equality.
- 1866 - American Equal Rights Association is Founded
- 1872 - Susan B. Anthony Found Guilty of Voting
- 1878 - Blacks Disprove the Myth of Their Inferiority
- 1886 - Samuel Gompers is Elected First President of the American Federation of Labor
- 1902 - 140,000 Mine Workers Go Out on Strike
- Program 4: 1903 - 1935
The Twentieth century ushers in a new era of equal rights, and the federal government extends a safety net to the unemployed, the elderly, and the poor.
- 1912 - Juliette Gordon Low Founds the Girl Scouts of America
- 1916 - Louis Brandeis is the Champion of the Common Man
- 1920 - Women Gain the Right to Vote
- 1935 -Social Security Extends a Safety Net to the Unemployed, the Elderly, and the Poor
- 1935 - Mary McLeod Bethune: American Woman of the 20th Century
- Program 5: 1936 - 1963
Women, Blacks, Jews and the poor push for equality in education and the workplace.
- 1939 - The U. S. Food Stamp Program is Enacted
- 1948 -- Brandeis University is Founded
- 1954 - Brown v. Board of Education
- 1963 - Betty Friedan Launches the New Women's Movement
- 1963 - Equal Pay Act Establishes Equal Pay for Equal Work
- Program 6: 1964 - 1970 and Program 7: 1971 - 1973
Programs Six and Seven showcase the decades of the 60s and 70s, the greatest era of equal rights the nation has ever seen with equality extended to consumers, the elderly, gays, women, workers and children.
Chapters Program 6:
- 1965 - Ralph Nader Begins the Modern Day Consumer Rights Movement
- 1965 - Medicare Launches the Modern Health Care Movement
- 1969 - Stonewall Inn Riots Begin the Gay Rights Movement
- 1970 -The Occupational Safety and Health Act is Enacted
Chapters Program 7: 1971 - 1973
- 1972 - Congress Passes the Equal Employment Opportunity Act
- 1972 -Title IX and the Female Athlete
- 1972 - The Battle over the Equal Rights Amendment
- 1973 - Children's Defense Fund Founded
- Program 8: 1973 - 2011
Beginning with Roe v Wade and ending with the Third Wave of Feminism, Program Eight shows how by the 21st Century, the nation has embraced the idea of equality for all Americans.
- 1973 - Roe v. Wade
- 1973 - The American Hospital Association Adopts the First Patient's Bill of Rights
- 1990 - Americans with Disabilities Act Passes
- 1997 - Madeleine Albright Begins a New Era for Women in American Leadership
- 2004 - Massachusetts Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage
- 2011 - The Third Wave of Feminism
Clip Length: 1 minute, 18 seconds
"Chronicling historical advances in equal rights in the United States (with a definite focus on women's interests), this eight-part production highlights events from 1772 through contemporary times. The first two programs cover 1772-1862, from Founding Father Samuel Adams's landmark document on colonist rights to the Homestead Act that enabled women to own property, along the way introducing Mary Lyon (whose quest for higher education led to the founding of Mount Holyoke College), land entrepreneur and early San Francisco businesswoman Juana Briones, and The Lily women's magazine publisher Amelia Bloomer. Exploring various legal and cultural hurdles through a combination of archival photos, footage, and interviews, the series includes segments on the American Federation of Labor, Social Security, Brown v. Board of Education, and the Stonewall riots, among other major topics, with the final episode looking at Roe v. Wade, the evolution of public healthcare, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the emergence of women in government office, and the "Third Wave" of feminism. Bonus features include a teacher's guide, quizzes, and key historical and legal documents. A solid, informative series covering a key subject interwoven throughout American history, this is recommended."- Video Librarian * * * (3 Stars)