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Personal Best

Format: DVD | Streaming | Download
Length: 13:30
Grade Level: 7-12+ | Price: $ 15.00
Closed Captioned:

Streaming/DVD: English

All Men are Created Equal...

Freedom and equality are spelled out in the U.S. Declaration of Independence. Signed in 1776, it says "all men are created equal."

Those words weren't always backed up with action. Numerous groups experienced discrimination that prevented individuals from achieving their personal best. The 13th and 14th Amendments to the Constitution outlawed slavery and guaranteed equal protection under the law.

But segregation and discrimination against various groups continued afterwards, in blatant violation of the Constitution. Other steps have been taken to rectify it. But those steps have had unintended consequences.

Are the words in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution now reality? How can each individual achieve their Personal Best ?

Subject Areas

Business / Family & Consumer Science


U.S. History / Government & Civics




Unintended Consequences

United States


Affirmative Action

Civil War

Declaration of Independence





John F. Kennedy

Lyndon B. Johnson

Personal Goals


U.S. Constitution/Bill of Rights

I like how the video used the Declaration of Independence to introduce the topic of Affirmative Action. Whenever a founding document is used to connect a current event with the past I find this is a powerful method of stressing the significance of history.

James Garritson
Escondido, CA

I really enjoyed the teacher's guide that accompanied this video. It created many opportunities to discuss the Declaration of Independence.

Michelle Miller
Corydon, IN

This film is an excellent addition to the 8th grade Social Studies curriculum as we study the development of government, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Thank you.

Peggy Zehnder
Bellingham, WA

This was one of best I have seen to date. It was well done and very informative.

Joseph Gschwender
Cleves, OH

A terrific video for showing students the value in the freedoms they have.

Melissa Jackson
Glasgow, KY

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