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American government surveillance didn't begin after 9/11. It began centuries earlier.

Find out more in the online documentary "Tracked in America: Stories from the History of U.S. Government Surveillance."

Hear firsthand accounts of what it's like to be spied on by your government. "Tracked in America" offers audio footage from 25 people who were targets of surveillance.

Their stories detail government surveillance during the civil rights movement, McCarthy era, post-9/11, the antiwar movement of the 60s and 70s, World War I and World War II, and other eras that shaped our nation's history. Six historians explain surveillance over the years.

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"Tracked in America: Stories from the History of U.S. Government Surveillance" is a new online documentary that adds primary sources to your teaching material in an easy Web format.

Twenty-five activists, both well-known and unsung, tell their experiences through online audio. Six historians provide context from 1798 to today.

Listening to the documentary, students hear firsthand what it's like to be spied on by your government. Stories vividly depict the events of the civil rights era, Japanese internment, World War I and II, protests against Vietnam of the 60s and 70s, the McCarthy years, and other eras that shaped our nation's history.

Download the Teachers' Guide for information on incorporating this engaging primary material into your curriculum.

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American government surveillance didn't begin after 9/11. It started centuries earlier.

Check out the new online documentary "Tracked in America: Stories from the History of U.S. Government Surveillance" at www.trackedinamerica.org [http://www.trackedinamerica.org/].

"Tracked in America" has 25 firsthand accounts of what it's like to be spied on by your government. The stories come from all kinds of people who were the subjects of secret surveillance for just being activists--opposing Japanese internment during World War II, speaking out against the Vietnam War, standing up for freedom during the McCarthy era. Six historians give a real sense of context for the history of surveillance.

Tracked in America really puts today's government surveillance news [https://www.aclunc.org/issues/government_surveillance] in perspective.

This documentary is great for classrooms, too, and comes with a Teachers' Guide [http://www.trackedinamerica.org/about/educators.html].

I'm watching it and tagging it with "surveillance." What about you?

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Feel free to use "Tracked in America" audio files on your web site, in your classroom online bulletin board, in your own web feature. Download any of the audio files below.

Then send us a link or a copy of what you create. E-mail comments@trackedinamerica.org and we'll share your creativity on the Tracked in America message board.

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