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Prequel to Independence: Who Fired the Shot Heard Round the World? (Teaching with Documents)

--Annie Davis The 1775 deposition from a militia commander at Lexington, featured in this article, can be used to spark student inquiry about why the American colonials decided to go to war. http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7904/7904188.pdf
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Mapping Early American History: Beyond What Happened Where

--Andrew J. Milson
The three highlighted early American historical maps will provide students with important insight into the geographical understanding of people in the past and the implications of this limited knowledge.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7805/780514216...

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Slavery and Free Markets: Relationships between Economic Institutions

--Mark C. Schug
This look at the contradictions between economic freedom and slavery provides a comprehensive view of the institution of slavery in world and American history.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7702/77021382.pdf

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Piquing Student Curiosity with Title Pages from Works by Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau (Sources and Strategies)

--Lee Ann Potter
The title pages of three books from the Enlightenment provide excellent points of entry for student research into the origins of ideas in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7704/7704168.pdf

500 Years of Spanish Exploration and Settlement: Children’s Literature

--Jason L. O’Brien and Wolfram Verlaan
Literature provides an ideal vehicle for guiding students beyond conventional accounts for a more profound exploration of Spanish influence in the Americas.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications//se/7701/77011328...

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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://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications//se/7701/77011319...

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Charting the Land of Flowers: Exploration and Mapmaking in Spanish Florida

--Rodney Kite-Powell
Two key maps that show the “known world” from the European perspective before Christopher Columbus’s voyages illustrate the knowledge of intellectuals of that period and reveal tales of exploration, conflict, and change.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications//se/7701/77011314...

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Beyond La Niña, La Pinta, and La Santa María: The Invention and Mental Mapping of the New World

--Luis Martínez Fernández
Approaching the encounter between Europe and the Americas as an intellectual rather than a physical discovery enables students to go beyond memorization to gain an understanding of Medieval and Renaissance ways of acquiring knowledge.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications//se/7701/77011307...

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History Mystery Lessons: Powhatan Culture / Lewis & CLark

--Jana Kirchner and Carla Judd

The Pullout of the Jan/Feb 2011 issue of SSYL comprised two History Mystery Lessons: The first was about Powhatan culture, and included a clue sheet about life in a Native American village.

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