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Civil Rights in the United States

Magazine article MultiMedia Schools

Civil Rights in the United States

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Civil Rights in the United States

Company: Gale Group, 12 Lunar Drive, Woodbridge, CT 06525; 800/ 444-0799; Fax: 203/397-3893; http:// www.galegroup.conV.

Price: $150-Mac/Windows hybrid CD-ROM; $300-five-CD lab pack; $150-online version, includes free remote access.

Audience: Grades 9-12/adult.

Format: CD-ROM: Text, pictures, timelines, maps, video, and sound.

System Requirements: Windowscompatible: 486 or better PC, 8 MB RAM, 3 MB free hard disk space, 640x480 VGA monitor with 256 colors, 2x CD-ROM .. Windows 3.1 or higher. Macintosh: 68040/25 MHz or higher (including Power PCs), 5 MB free RAM, System 7.0 or higher, 3 MB free hard disk space, 640x480 256-color monitor, 2x CD-ROM drive, Sound Manager 3.0 (included). Both versions require QuickTime 3.0 (included) and an optional printer (a laser printer is needed for pictures).

Description: Civil Rights in the United States is the latest in the Gale Groups American Journey: History in Your Hand series. This multimedia CD-ROM explores the many primary source documents that guarantee rights to U.S. citizens.

Reviewer Comments:

Installation: I installed Civil Rights in the United States on a Gateway 450 MHz PC with a Pentium III processor, 96 MB RAM, 9 GB hard drive, Windows 98, a 6x DVD-ROM drive, 17-inch color monitor, Sound Blaster audio, Gateway mouse, and Epsom Stylus 440 color printer.

Installation is a simple point-and-click operation. The screen prompts installation preferences. These include selecting the performance option (10 MB copied to the hard drive, which I selected) or the standard option (only 5 MB copied), allowing the exporting of documents and limiting the number of pages students can print at one time. Installation information for both the Mae and PC platforms was fully described in the documentation. Installation Rating: A

Content/Features. Civil Rights in the United States is a worthy addition to the American Journey: History in Your Hands series. The broad-based definition of civil rights employed within the CD-ROM makes this program usable in any high school social studies class and library.

The CD provides a collection of resource documents, including Supreme Court cases, pictures, maps, historical texts, and video clips of events that established or affected the civil rights of all Americans. Early documents such as the Magna Carta, English Bill of Rights, and Colonial American works that provide a documentary basis for the Constitution and its guarantee of civil rights are included. Topics concerning the development and enforcement of civil rights to groups such as women, African-Americans, American Indians, and others are examined. Full-text searching and printing is available for all resources,

The Historical Overview sets the study of civil rights within the context of American history and its British roots. The Key Topics feature includes 17 500-word essays presenting an overview of each main theme. The Time Line allows the user to move a slider through a diagonal range of years from the time of the Magna Carta to the present. An on-screen text box scrolls through the list of resources chronologically. …

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