General US History

A. Philip Randolph’s Attempt at Equal Economic Opportunity: A Case Study (Teaching with Documents)


--Joel Walker
The two featured documents from the 1940s offer insight into the African American struggle for economic opportunity in the South and can help teach about the greater civil rights movement.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7704/7704174.pdf

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Helping Students Visualize the Process of Change with Historic Images (Sources and Strategies)


--Stephen Wesson and Cheryl Lederle

The featured photographs by Lewis Hine can help launch a lesson about child labor reform and demonstrate how public debate can fuel legislative action.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7706/7706292.pdf

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Spielberg’s Lincoln Defines the President’s Emancipation Legacy


--David Wolfford
The film Lincoln spotlights Abraham Lincoln’s character and leadership and raises questions about the legislative process that enabled politicians to pass the Thirteenth Amendment that abolished slavery.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7701/77011344.pdf

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Operation Pedro Pan: The Flight to Neverland for 14,000 Cuban Children


--Bárbara C. Cruz
Learning about the 1960s exodus of Cuban children to the United States can engage K-12 students in the study of immigration and U.S.-Cuba issues. A sidebar by Mario Minichino offers mapping activities, guided imagery, and other teaching suggestions.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7701/77011323.pdf

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Borderlands of the Southwest: An Exercise in Geographical History


--Stephen J. Thornton
Standard accounts of U.S. history present a chronology of events that begins in the East and moves west. An alternative approach traces Spanish exploration and settlement in what is now the American Southwest.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7701/77011319.pdf

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Changing Faces: Your State Hero in the U.S. Capitol


--Dennis Denenberg
Each state has a statue of one of its notable citizens displayed in the U.S. Capitol. Learn about this collection, read your state hero's biography, and/or propose a new hero!

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Analyzing Historical Political Cartoons: Helping Students With Diverse Learning Needs Analyze Primary Sources


--Grant R. Miller
Students analyze drawings available at one of three kid-friendly,online collections of political cartoons.
As they analyze, corroborate, and synthesize information, students are following the steps of UDL, Universal Design for Learning.

This PDF is the September 2011 issue of MLL, about 3 megabytes. See page 13.

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Letter to President Harry Truman about the Murder of Harry T. Moore


--Megan Jones
The featured letter to President Truman about the murder of an NAACP official can be used as a springboard into the exploration of the civil rights struggle and violence, as well as the issue of presidential powers.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7506/7506322.pdf

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Evaluating Perspectives on Westward Expansion: Weighing the Evidence


--Stephanie Greenhut
A unique online tool helps students analyze documents from opposing perspectives, weigh each source’s significance, and come to evidence-based conclusions.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7506/7506317.pdf

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