Experiencing Segregation–In the Military
Grades: 3 - 5

Video Description: William McAllister describes serving in the segregated Armed Forces.

Type of Video: Segment*
Unique Video ID: DCivil Rights-113**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Use the video as part of your study of America’s Civil Rights Movement or of historic/social topics of discrimination. What is student reaction to the story that Mr. McAllister tells? How does his story help them understand how segregation and discrimination can affect people?
  • Use the video as an example of a primary source as you discuss the importance of primary sources in understanding history. Ask students why this video is a primary source and how primary sources help their understanding of history.
  • Use the video as inspiration for student projects interviewing members of their family or others in the community to get first person perspectives on a specific historic event or period of time.


*Segment videos are short excerpts edited from interviews or interactive programs that offer flexible and differentiated ways to use the rich content included in the full-length conversation.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.