Cold War, Civil Rights

“The World Hangs in the Balance”: George C. Marshall and the European Recovery Plan


--Rachel Yarnell Thompson
This retrospective on the Marshall Plan for post-World War II Europe offers an assessment of a successful U.S. reconstruction program that benefited both the donor and the recipients.

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Letter from President Lyndon B. Johnson to John Steinbeck (Teaching with Documents)


--Lee Ann Potter
The letter featured in this article offers insight into the mutual respect shared between author John Steinbeck and former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson. Although Steinbeck’s opinion on the Vietnam War varied, he was a strong supporter of Johnson’s position on the war at the time the letter was written.

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James Meredith at Ole Miss: “Victory Over Discrimination”


--Candace D. Fisk and Beth Hurst
This story of James Meredith’s fight to integrate an all-white state university serves as a clear example of each individual’s ability to affect social change.

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School Desegregation Depicted in Docudrama


--David L. Wolfford
The author provides in-depth reviews of six films on desegregation.

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Separate Is Not Equal: [em]Brown v. Board of Education[/em] Resources—A Guide for Study and Discussion


--Alonzo N. Smith
This study guide provides a range of resources in preparation for the fiftieth anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education.

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Order of Argument in the Case [em]Brown v. Board of Education[/em] (Teaching with Documents)


--Kahlil Chism, contributing author, and Lee Ann Potter, editor
The Order of Argument in Brown v. Board of Education is a short document, but it can launch students on a long voyage of understanding of this milestone case.

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An End and a Beginning: The Fiftieth Anniversary of [em]Brown v. Board of Education[/em] (Looking at the Law)


--James H. Landman
Fifty years ago this May, the Supreme Court decision on the case of Brown v. Board of Education changed the course of American history. Here is the background to the judgment that outlawed segregation policies in public schools.

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Documents and Civic Duties (Teaching with Documents)


—Lee Ann Potter
A one-sentence letter from school boy Anthony Ferreira to President Ford stating, “I think you are half right and half wrong ” is one of several primary sources featured in this article that highlight for students the value of responsible citizenship.

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Literature, Literacy, and Legacy: Teaching about the Civil Rights Movement


—Elizabeth K. Wilson and Kathy Shaver Wetzel
The authors describe how a novel, such as The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963, can draw students into the study of the civil rights era.

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Examining a Seven-Flag Chieu Hoi Pass: A Primary Document from the American War in Viet Nam


--Ted Engelmann
A close analysis of the Chieu Hoi pass, dropped over areas of Viet Nam to encourage enemy surrender, provides a unique approach to studying the Viet Nam war.

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