What Will You Stand For? Video

Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities
Duration: 02.32 minutes
Date Posted: 10/23/2018

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 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. This video (02:32) asks viewers to reflect on and discuss the question: What will you stand for?

Download the video discussion guide here: https://historyexplorer.si.edu/resource/what-will-you-stand-video-discussion-guide 

Find more information through the Learning Lab collection here: http://learninglab.si.edu/q/ll-c/Wx9864BskEyyLuC0