Actor Martin Sheen narrates this story of the political struggles involved in establishing the First Amendment and early challenges to it.
This video features interviews with modern-day journalists and scholars and with actors dressed as historical figures. All of the actors’ words are direct quotations taken from primary sources (letters, books and newspapers) from the era depicted in the video.
GRADE LEVEL: High school and college
TIME: Less than 30 minutes
MATERIALS: “45 Words” Video Lesson worksheet (download), an Internet connection to watch “45 Words,” “45 Words” handout (download, optional), teacher key
PREPARE: Print copies of the viewing guide, one per student.