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The Freedom Collection

Using video interviews, collected papers and other materials, The Freedom Collection documents the human struggle for liberty around the world. It tells the personal stories of men and women who have led or participated in important freedom movements.

The Bush Institute shares their testimonies to inspire the current generation of freedom advocates and reinforce the importance of leadership to advance democracy and human rights. 

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From the Archive

Explore highlights from the Freedom Collection, featuring 95 freedom advocates representing 23 countries worldwide.

Freedom Matters! Curriculum

The Bush Institute, in cooperation with the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, and with generous support from the John Templeton Foundation, have developed a supplemental curriculum to help students connect the foundations of freedom to today’s global struggles for liberty. These teacher-led lesson plans feature personal stories of dissidents and democracy advocates from the Freedom Collection.

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“We have to understand this at the human level or we will not understand it at all. It is not a story about…great social movements. It's a story about people who decided to risk everything.”
– Elliot Abrams, Former Deputy National Security Advisor

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