Freedom Riders

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The story behind a courageous band of civil rights activists - the Freedom Riders - who challenged segregation across the American South in the early 1960s and risked their lives for social change.

Premieres on VPT Monday, May 16, at 9 p.m.

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Vermont's Freedom Riders



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More than 400 Americans risked their lives as Freedom Riders in the Summer of 1961, deliberately violating Jim Crows laws in the Deep South. Did you participate in the Freedom Rides or later actions of the Civil Rights Movement? Is there any issue today for which you would risk your life?
 
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Classroom Materials

"American Experience" has partnered with Facing History and Ourselves to develop classroom materials for use with the film. Check out the guide, related resources and other helpful digital media resources available from Teacher's Domain.
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Visit the Official "Freedom Riders" Site

Use the interactive map to retrace the Freedom Rides, meet the people involved and read about the important and related issues of 1961.
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