The Newseum has launched a new educational resource that uses the events of Sept. 11, 2001, to examine the fragile balance between the First Amendment and concerns for personal safety, diversity and the public good throughout history. “Freedom in the Balance” is available on NewseumED, a free website that provides learners of all ages free access to curated, standards-aligned content from the Newseum’s vast collection.
In the wake of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, Americans questioned how far our freedoms should extend and what price we are willing to pay for safety. “Freedom in the Balance” begins with the events and aftermath of the 2001 attacks, then explores how debates weighing levels of freedom, security and diversity have shaped our nation from its founding in 1776 to the present.
“Freedom in the Balance” is designed to meet the needs of middle, high school and college students, as well as lifelong learners. A multimedia collection of primary sources and artifacts uses an engaging case-study approach to connect to crucial debates about our nation’s past, present and future, while a new Freedom Quiz encourages participants to choose between protecting individual freedoms or bolstering security using real-life examples.
Registration for NewseumED, which includes access to “Freedom in the Balance,” is free and secure. Sign up before June 16, 2016, through our NewseumED sweepstakes for a chance to win a $1,000 Amazon gift card and other prizes.
“Freedom in the Balance” is made possible with generous support by the For Action Initiative and the Families of September 11.
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