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The Reporter?s Privilege Under Fire: Is the American Press Still Free?

When students study the issue of reporter?s privilege they will understand why the courts and legislatures still struggle to define this protection, more than 150 years after the first American reporter was jailed for refusing to reveal a source.
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George Washington?s Printed Draft of the Constitution and Mike Wilkins?s Preamble

The featured artwork highlights the 52 words of the Preamble to the Constitution. The accompanying document shows, however, that these well known words underwent many changes before reaching their final form.
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Editor's Notebook

The Dutch are Missing in the American Curriculum

The Dutch contribution to America's economic system and cultural fabric was highly significant, yet history textbooks barely mention their early seventeenth-century influence on America.

Creating Biography Webs to Investigate Individuals' Historical Contexts

Creating biography webs helps young learners recognize how people, economic conditions, and significant events shaped the personal development of historic individuals.
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Remnants from the Past: Using Scrapbooks to Make U.S. History Personal and Meaningful

Students learn how local history has coincided with national events and trends when they create scrapbooks to document the history of their high school.

Bottled or Tap? A Controversy for Science, Economics, and Society

Every year, Americans spend billions of dollars on bottled water. Students can learn about the costs and consequences of this choice.

Copenhagen 2009: Could a Cap-and-Trade Market Combat Global Warming and Conserve Earth's Tropical Forests?

This background essay and accompanying handout can help students learn how global citizens can conserve tropical forests and reduce global warming.

The U.S. and Iran: Confronting Policy Alternatives

In this lesson, students consider the principal alternatives facing U.S. policymakers dealing with Iran, before formulating their own points of view.

Teaching about Comparative Government

Educators will find the websites highlighted in this column useful for teaching about the history of government and government systems around the world.

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