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Resource: DVD (DV1584) 14. Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez     
Publisher: Graham Street Productions, 2015
Vendor: Graham Street Productions
Length: 67 mins
Subjects: Citizenship; Documentary; History; Immigration; Racism; Slavery; Social Concerns; Social Justice
# Copies: 1
 Description: Under the 14th Amendment, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.” Offering a solid historical perspective on the history of immigration and citizenship in the United States, this documentary explores the recurring question about who has the right to be an American citizen and examines the citizenship clause of the 14th Amendment through compelling personal stories and expertly-told history.

A humanizing film, the story is told through the lives of three ordinary and extraordinary American families who changed history by their courageous challenges to the powerful status quo – Dred and Harriet Scott, Wong Kim Ark and Rosario and Vanessa Lopez. Descendants of Dred and Harriet Scott and those of Wong Kim Ark tell the stories of how their ancestors fought all the way to the Supreme Court and in the process changed American history.

Rosario Lopez and her daughter Vanessa are both activists in the immigrant rights youth movement. Born in the United States and a citizen under the 14th Amendment, Vanessa wants to be “either an artist, a photographer, a lawyer, or a marine biologist” and President of the United States. It is the citizenship of millions of children like Vanessa Lopez, born in the United States to undocu-mented parents, that is now at stake.

Offering the historical background on a current topic, this film looks at our history of denying the humanity of other groups of people. The three stories are presented consecutively, so the resource could be divided into three separate presentations. The historical perspective on Dred Scott and Wong Kim Ark are exceptionally well presented.
Age Groups: Senior High; Young Adult; Adult


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