Vocabulary - Symbols - Facts -
Interactive activities - Activities to print -
Lesson plans - Comics -
- Songs - Cartoons - Videos

(Updated on 25/05/2013)


Related pages :

Independence Day - Civil Rights
Prison - War -
Slavery (civilization)
- Slavery (history)
Human Rights

The press



Vocabulary :

  • Freedom (Wikipedia)
    1 In Philosophy and History
    2 Usage
    3 International Trends

  • U.S. Civics Terms ( :
    Freedom of expression - Freedom of petition - Freedom of religion - Freedom of speech -
    Freedom of the press - Freedom of assembly... (avec liens)


Symbols :

  • Charters of Freedom (
    "This interactive site developed by the National Archives features the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution of the United States, and the Bill of Rights, as well as information on how they were created and their impact." (Education World)



Facts :

  • What does freedom look like in 2014?
    "We are exploring how freedom is visualised around the world."


  • Bob Dylan to get US Medal of Freedom - 27 April 2012
    "He is being recognised alongside former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, John Glenn, the third American in space, and Nobel Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison.
    President Obama will award the medals at the White House in the coming weeks..."




INTERACTIVE activities :


  • My America - activités sur les symboles des USA (
    Stop 6-Statue of Liberty
    Stop 7-About the Statue of Liberty


Activities TO PRINT :

Lesson plans :

  • America's Freedom Documents!
    "Education World presents ten lesson plans for teaching about three important freedom documents
    - the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
    Included: Activities that involve students in creating time lines and posters, writing new amendments, and much more!"
    (Education World)


Comics :


Poems : (Click on the picture)

  • Independence Bell - July 4, 1776 (
    "... How they shouted! What rejoicing!
    How the old bell shook the air,
    Till the clang of freedom ruffled,
    The calmly gliding Delaware!
    How the bonfires and the torches
    Lighted up the night's repose,
    And from the flames, like fabled Phoenix,
    Our glorious liberty arose!..."
  • Freedom Is A Habit by Carl Sandburg ( - UPDATED
    "Freedom is a habit
    and a coat worn
    some born to wear it
    some never to know it..."


Songs :

  • Austria's Conchita Wurst wins Eurovision Song Contest - Article + Video - 11 May 2014 
    "Austrian drag act Conchita Wurst has been crowned the winner of the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest held in Denmark's capital, Copenhagen.
    The singer, whose real name is Tom Neuwirth, won with the song Rise Like a Phoenix, collecting 290 points."

    + Eurovision 2014: Reporter's diary - Video
    Austria's Conchita Wurst: "This night is dedicated to... peace and freedom"


  • Freedom by Anthony Hamilton & Elayna Boynton (YouTube) + LYRICS :
    "Felt like the weight of the world was on my shoulders…
    Pressure to break or retreat at every turn;
    Facing the fear that the truth I discovered;
    No telling how all this will work out;
    But I've come too far to go back now.
    I am looking for freedom..."



  • She's Leaving Home - The Beatles
    "She breaks down and cries to her husband 
    Daddy our baby's gone 
    Why would she treat us so thoughtlessly 
    How could she do this to me..." 
    Listen to the song. (YouTube)

  • Proud sung by Heather Small :
    "What have you done today to make you feel proud?
    It's never too late to try
    What have you done today to make you feel proud?
    You could be so many people
    If you make that break for freedom"


    - the VIDEO (YouTube) - UPDATED

  • Common Feat Will.I.Am - DREAM Lyrics (
    "I got a dream
    [that one day]
    that one day
    all of the people and myself
    are gonna find a better way
    My dream is to be free"

    - the VIDEO (YouTube)


  • Release Me sung by Frida Íhrn (
    "I am the wilderness locked in a cage
    I am a growing force you kept in place
    I am a tree reaching for the sun
    Please don't hold me down..."

    - the VIDEO (YouTube)


  • Release me sung by Engelbert Humperdinck (
    "Please release me let me go
    for I don't love you anymore
    to waste our lives would be a sin
    release me and let me love again."

    - the VIDEO (YouTube) - UPDATED


  • I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free by Nina Simone (or by Lighthouse Family)
    "And I wish I knew how
    It would feel to be free
    I wish that I could break
    All the chains holding me
    I wish I could say
    All the things that I'd like to say...."
    - with the VIDEO (YouTube)
  • Ride Like The Wind by Christopher Cross :
    "I've got to ride.
    Ride like the wind to be free again."

  • I'm Outta Love by Anastacia :
    "Set me free
    And let me out this misery"

  • Free Me by Foo Fighters :
    "Beautiful prisoner, left here for dead
    Promises made and sentences read
    Voices and visions are locked in my head
    Like a safe full of sorrow...
    Free me right now
    You take me away, take it from me."

  • Unbreakable by Andreas Johnson :
    "As dead trees cast no shadow
    Blackbirds no relief, and the dry stone... no spring of water
    Only in your mother's arms, you will be free..."
  • Whatever by Oasis :
    "I'm free to say whatever I
    Whatever I like
    If it's wrong or right it's alright

  • I'm Free by Dragons Soup :
    "I'm free to do what I want any old time"

  • City Lights by Lou Reed :
    " We're supposed to be
    a land of liberty
    And those city lights
    to blaze forever"
  • Freedom Time by Bob Marley :
    "this is the time when man must be freed, ...
    the good lord said son you're a free man,
    i'm gonna talk that freedom talk..."


  • 'Music' by Steven Seagal (lyrics on the CD : Songs from the Crystal Cave)
    "Desperation, abomination, disintegration, degradation
    Poverty, treachery...
    .. the music will set us free"



  • Redemption Song by Bob Marley :
    "Won't you help to sing
    These songs of freedom?...
    Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery;
    None but ourselves can free our minds."
  • Songs :
    Dr. King, Free At Last, Freedom, Freedom Let it Ring, Martin Luther King's Dream, Martin's Cry
  • Something For Nothing - Rush :
    "Well, you don't get something for nothing.
    You can't have freedom for free."

  • The Road To Freedom by Chris de Burgh : - UPDATED
    "All my life I have loved this land, worked it with my hands,
    But can your freedom send the rain when seed is in the ground,
    Can your freedom heal the pain and bring my boy back to me again?"
    + VIDEO (YouTube)

  • Unchain my heart by Ray Charles :
    "Unchain my heart, oh please, please set me free...
    Unchain my heart, let me go my way"


Cartoons :


  • Liberty vs. Order : - UPDATED
    "This cartoon characterizes how difficult it sometimes is for the U.S. government to find a way to balance constitutionally guaranteed freedoms and liberties with its responsibility to maintain order and protect the public..."

  • Prisoner Computer - Escape

  • The Break for Freedom - Bear on bicycle riding away from police and circus people.
    Link not found on the internet.


Videos :

  • What does freedom look like in 2014? - with videos
    "We asked five people what freedom looks like to them and we hope their answers will inspire you to create your own artwork, illustrations and images."


  • President Obama - Medal of Freedom Ceremony - White House Washington DC (May 29, 2012) - Part 1 + Part 2


  • KLM : Personal space experiment - a "nice campaign from KLM.
    They introduce their new and improved Europe Business Class. The most important new asset is ‘personal space’.
    To prove the human need for this personal space KLM conducted a social experiment, using candid camera.


    • The Yellow Bird (2001)  - UPDATED
      "Narrated by Tennessee Williams himself, from a short story called "Bobo" which was rewritten as "The Yellow Bird", and eventually became the impetus for "Summer and Smoke"."
      - Part 1
      - UPDATED
      - Part 2 - UPDATED
      "Hold on to life with both hands, until your fingers are broken..." 

    • The Yellow Bird 
      "is a 2001 film written by Faye Dunaway and Tennessee Williams, and directed by Faye Dunaway." (Wikipedia)
      "A young girl escapes form the boredom of a small town existence in the 1930's...
      Alma Tutwiler is the daughter of Rev. Increase Tutwiler, a fire and brimstone preacher in the South in the 1950's. One day, while she's waiting to play the church organ, a yellow bird flies in, and she suddenly snaps and becomes shockingly liberated. "

    • On the Yellow Bird - an essay
      The story "begins in Salem (where the popularity of witchcraft had been present for man) and transfers itself to Hobbs, Arkansas and
      New Orleans, Louisiana. The story needs to be placed in these setting because it lets the reader know about the morals and hardships of living
      in these territories at the time."


    • The Character of Alma Tutwiler in Tennessee Williams’ The Yellow Bird

  • Freedom: A History of US (PBS)
    - with curriculum guides, videos, images, games, and much more.
    "There are sixteen Webisodes  that trace American History from 1765 to 2002..." (Education World)


  • ACLU Pizza - a video from American Civil Liberties Union
    "The government and corporations are aggressively collecting information about your personal life and your habits.
    They want to track your purchases, your medical records, and even your relationships..."