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.
How To Get Involved
- Tell your friends, listservs, and online communities about "Tracked in America"
- Sign up for email updates on the latest breaking stories about government surveillance
- Tell educators about the "Tracked in America" Teachers' Guide and other resources for using the documentary in the classroom
- Display the "Tracked in America" buttons on your web page or blog and link back to www.trackedinamerica.org
- Mention it on your MySpace page or your blog (this "Tracked" blog blurb can help)
- Help raise awareness of government surveillance by tagging your posts as related to surveillance
- Make this content your own. Download an MP3 of any of the 31 interviews to incorporate it on your own material.
You can stop the abuse of power. Spread the word about our country's history of surveillance.
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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.
“Tracked” blog blurb
Make This Content Your Own
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.
- Pre-World War I (ZIP file)
- World War I (ZIP file)
- Pearl Harbor (ZIP file)
- McCarthy Era (ZIP file)
- Civil Rights (ZIP file)
- Sanctuary (ZIP file)
- After 9/11 (ZIP file)