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Affidavit in the Case of [em]Orville and Wilbur Wright vs. Glenn H. Curtiss[/em] (Teaching with Documents)

--Kahlil G. Chism and Lee Ann Potter
Orville and Wilbur Wright were not the only inventors working on airplane innovations. But the Wright brothers’ patent gave them a tremendous advantage and inhibited manufacturers from producing planes for a time just before World War I.

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The Flag and Freedom

--Jolene Chu and Donna P. Couper
In 1935, two Jehovah’s Witness school children refused to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, a battle they took all the way to the Supreme Court. Sixty years later, the role of the Pledge of Allegiance in our nation’s schools remains a hotly debated issue.

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“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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The Escape of the [em]Pearl[/em]

--Susan Hoffman Fishman
The attempted escape of more than seventy slaves aboard a ship called the Pearl spotlights issues of morality and law, slavery in a democratic society, and the inherent challenges in deciphering history.

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Historical Fiction to Historical Fact: [em]Gangs of New York[/em] and the Whitewashing of History

--Benjamin Justice
Martin Scorsese’s movie joins a long list of films that have attempted to cater to the public’s fascination with history. Although promises of historical accuracy may woo movie goers to the theater, the author argues that big budget films should not pass fiction off as fact.

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African American Women and Espionage in the Civil War

--Theresa McDevitt
African American women played key roles in the Civil War, providing valuable military intelligence to the Union army.

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Letter from Archibald MacLeish about Relocating the Charters of Freedom during World War II (Teaching with Documents)

--Michael Hussey and Lee Ann Potter
During World War II, the Library of Congress went to extraordinary lengths to protect the nation’s founding documents in case of an attack on the capital.

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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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War Powers: A New Chapter in a Continuing Debate (Looking at the Law)

--Charles F. Williams
The Constitution gives Congress—not the president—the power to declare war, but Congress has used that power only five times.

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War With Iraq (In Focus)

--An Information Section Prepared by the Staff of Social Education
This special section provides resources and teaching tips for addressing the war and helping students deal with unfolding events.

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