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Tanks in the Square

Tiananmen Square, June 1989

Look closely at the photo above. Focus on individual people, vehicles, and the scale of the setting.

  1. Recount what you already know about the historical event shown in this photograph.
  2. How does what you already know and understand about Tiananmen Square inform your understanding of what is taking place? What additional questions do you have?
  3. Where do you see examples of courage in this photograph?
  4. Identify the “Unknown Rebel” in this photo. Describe his scale in relation to the rest of the objects in the photo. What statement was he likely making?
  5. What was this person risking?

Defining Civic Virtues: Courage

To stand firm in being a person of character and in doing what is right, especially when it is unpopular or puts one at risk.