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American Racism and the Connection to 1930s Germany Webinar

This informational webinar explores implicit and explicit bias that leads to racism. It explores how racism functions in the U.S. and American reactions to Nazi Germany then and now.

At a Glance

Racism is a central theme of the presentation. Exploring slavery as the root cause of the Civil War, it examines how leaders manipulate racism for personal gain and shape memory before, during, and after the war. The session explores the failure of post-war Reconstruction, the rise of the KKK, and the war against emancipation that created Jim Crow and created a new form of slavery with the for-profit convict labor system. It highlights how Hollywood embraced both implicit and explicit racism and the southern myth of the “Lost cause.”


  • Family & Community Engagement
  • Positive School Environments


  • Utilize American history to promote competencies for democratic citizenship
  • Understand now history impacts education
  • Explore how students of color perceive and are perceived and how the education system responds to students of color
  • Provide tips on how to apply the knowledge of this history best in education careers.
Developed by:

National Education Association

Last Updated: July 18, 2020


Audience Role

  • Education Support Professional


  • Early Childhood
  • Elementary School
  • High School
  • Higher Education
  • Middle School

Session Length

90 mins

Session Format


By highlighting examples of leadership and the influence of targeted minorities in enhancing democratic values, we explore how to utilize this history to promote competencies for democratic citizenship. Participants will also learn how our history impacts education, how students of color perceive and are perceived, how the education system responds to students of color, and will provide tips on how to apply the knowledge of this history best in your careers.

This is a previously offered webinar focused on the professional growth of ESPs. It is being made available for viewing by individuals or groups of individuals. Note that certificates of completion are not available for participation in informational webinar recordings.

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