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In the Midst of Strange and Terrible Times: The New York City Draft Riots of 1863

Bárbara C. Cruz and Jennifer Marques Patterson
The riots that shook New York City more than a century ago can provide contemporary students a useful framework for studying such complex issues as race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and immigration.


Tinderbox: Economics, Immigration, and Education in a North Carolina Town

James A. Bryant, Jr.
One town’s experience of factory shutdowns and layoffs, coupled by an influx of immigrants, offers a rich opportunity to teach about the outsourcing of jobs while dispelling xenophobic myths and stereotypes.



The Importance of Financial Education Today

Alan Greenspan
Educators can help prevent young people from making poor decisions that have enduring consequences by providing students with a foundation of financial literacy.


Buttons to Bumper Stickers: Political Campaign Memorabilia

Lee Ann Potter
From George Washington to George W. Bush, politicians have used campaign memorabilia to capture the attention of voters. By studying these items, students can learn a great deal about historical issues and candidates.

Surfing the Net

Teaching Social Studies on a Shoestring Budget

S. Kay Gandy
Increased testing is forcing schools to prioritize reading and math, and very little funding is available for social studies. This creative teacher offers a variety of suggestions for teaching in the economically challenged classroom.

Looking at the Law

Becoming Global Citizens: Disadvantaged Students Reach Out to Kids in Hurricane-Ravaged Island

Lynnette B. Erickson, Sharon Black, and Daniel Seegmiller
Today, citizens around the world are searching for ways to help tsunami victims. Students can learn from one sixth grade class who aided peers in the Caribbean after a hurricane several years ago.


Making Community Connections: The Orton Family Foundation Community Mapping Program


The First Act of Congress

Lee Ann Potter
In the early days of this nation, Congress considered numerous acts as it established the laws of the land. Yet the first ever act of Congress concerned an oath to support the Constitution.




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