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English 263 - Truth Seekers (Neu): Start your Research Here

Research Tips

Tips for Researching your Person

  • Be sure to make a note of the names and dates of major events that relate to their challenge to the status quo. These are important facts for your speech and important key words you can use to refine your research.

Example: If I were discussing Rosa Parks, I would make sure to include the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955.

  • Note the names of other people and/or organizations that your person people worked for and laws and established practices that that your person/people worked to change .

Example: Rosa Parks worked with several important organizations, including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). I would note that she was fighting Jim Crow laws (laws that enforced racial segregation in the South) and that her work helped to lead to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Articles to Start With

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‚ÄčBetty Friedan  (United States)

  • Read the transcript of her testimony before the Senate Judicial Committee (1970)

Benazir Bhutto (Pakistan)

  • Read the transcript of her Ideas Live on Speech (Denmark, April 22, 2007). [cached copy]

Indira Gandhi  (India)

  • Read the transcript of her speech "Democracy in India" (Address to the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, London, October 29, 1971)

Rigoberta Menchu-Tum [see also Rigoberta Menchu] (Guatemala)

Malala Yousafzai (Pakistan)

Wangari Maathai (Kenya)

Country Information/Cultural Information

For historical figures, be sure to focus on their country during the period when the person/people were active as well as their legacy today. 

US Sociopolitical Resources

  American Social Reform Movements Reference Library, 2007 

International Human Rights & Cultural Resources

 Human Rights Watch


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