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.com/.

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: Windows-compatible: 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 Group's 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 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 Mac and PC platforms was fully described in the documentation.

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. …

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