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Sacrifice at home and abroad – D-Day plus seventy

To guarantee that all people have access to freedom and equality, whether here or abroad, a price must be paid. The cost might have economical or political consequences, or literally the sacrificing of one’s life. Give students time to write their own definitions of freedom and equality, and then discuss what actions they would take to defend or preserve those rights. What sacrifices are they willing to make? After reading General Eisenhower’s “Orders of the Day” excerpt, discuss the sacrifices that have been and will be paid on June 6, 1944.

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Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force!
You are about to embark upon a great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers in arms on other fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world… But this is the year 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man to man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our home fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to victory!...

50 Years Ago the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed

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but it took the sacrifice of many citizens and the leadership of both Presidents Kennedy and Johnson to convince the southern Democrats and conservative Republicans in Congress that it was needed to fulfill the belief in We the People. Before students read the Act, give them time to investigate the work and sacrifice by Medgar Evers, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner. Is there a part of the Act that students would work to preserve in memory of those who went before?

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