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What Will You Stand For? Video Resources

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Civics +3 Age Levels Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old)

Throughout American History, young people have led, influenced, and defined the outcomes of our elections and politics. By organizing, lobbying, advocating, protesting, and voting, young voices supply our democracy with a never-ending source of fresh ideas, concerns, and hopes. This tradition continues today, as voters ages 18 to 24 make up the biggest potential voting bloc in modern elections.

This Learning Lab collection can be used in conjunction with a short video that challenges young people to reflect on and discuss “What will you stand for?” Find the video and additional resources here: https://historyexplorer.si.edu...

This video is part of a series of short films from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History that looks at how young people have historically shaped public opinion and outcomes. These brief videos help young people learn from the civic actions of youth in the past to become thoughtful, informed, and active participants in their democracy today. Through historical stories of youth engaged in our elections and politics, these videos show how youth have made history through civic action and challenge today’s young people to continue shaping their democracy. 

Youth Vote Button

National Museum of American History

Button, "Rock the Vote"

National Museum of American History

Poster, "Viva la Huelga/ Don't buy Farrah pants!"

National Museum of American History

Newsweek, October 25, 1971

National Museum of American History

Poster, "The Student Vote", 1972

National Museum of American History

Student Protest T-Shirt

National Museum of American History

Anti-Vietnam March. San Francisco, CA. 1967

National Museum of American History

Pamphlet, "Where is Democracy?"

National Museum of American History

Voting Machine, 1898

National Museum of American History

Eagle Figure

National Museum of American History

Print, Declaration of Independence, 1823

National Museum of American History

Textbook, "We the People"

National Museum of American History

Anti-war demonstration

National Museum of American History

Button, "Adult 18"

National Museum of American History

Poster, “Register and Vote”, 1972

National Museum of American History

1972 Democratic National Convention

National Museum of American History

World War II Poster

National Museum of American History

Young boy with American flag

National Museum of American History

Life Magazine, March 19, 1965

National Museum of American History

Button, "I Voted"

National Museum of American History

Old Glory flag

National Museum of American History

Hayes/Wheeler Campaign Ribbon, 1876

National Museum of American History

Vote Button

National Museum of American History

Declaration of Independence Desk

National Museum of American History

Gay Rights March

National Museum of American History

Gay Rights March

National Museum of American History

Vote Button

National Museum of American History

Nixon Campaign Button, 1972

National Museum of American History

Sticker, "I Voted"

National Museum of American History

Vote Button

National Museum of American History

Vote Button

National Museum of American History

Gay Rights March

National Museum of American History