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Experiencing World History through the Eyes of Ordinary Women

Jada Kohlmeier
Primary documents about a young girl growing up during China’s cultural revolution, a Russian peasant living under Stalin, and a woman in sixteenth century Germany offer students a unique perspective of important historical periods.

Research and Practice

James Meredith at Ole Miss: Victory over Discrimination

Candace D. Fisk and Beth Hurst
This story of James Meredith’s fight to integrate an all-white state university serves as a clear example of each individual’s ability to affect social change.

Youth Voting in the 2004 Election

The Staff of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE)
While some reports have downplayed the participation of young voters in the recent presidential election, this study confirms a rise in youth voter turnout.

Research and Practice

Islamist Movements in Iraq

Social Education Staff
As Iraq nears elections scheduled for early next year, Islamist movements are playing an increasing role in the political landscape. This special section offers an overview of the key groups—both militant and pragmatic.


The International Criminal Court

The Center for Teaching International Relations
Members of the international community banded together to create a tribunal to try individuals who seriously violate international law. In this lesson, students will learn about the ICC and discuss whether the U.S. should join.


Teaching about Saving and Investing in the Elementary and Middle School Grades

Mary Suiter and Bonnie T. Meszaros
Financial education in the early grades can establish the basis for wise saving and spending habits that will serve students throughout their lives.

Surfing the Net

Women of the World, Re-write!: Women in American World History High School Textbooks from the 1960s, 1980s, and 1990s

Roger Clark, Kieran Ayton, Nicole Frechette, and Pamela J. Keller
Social forces like feminism have pushed textbook writers to include more women. But this analysis of world history textbooks demonstrates that much more needs to be done.


Enemy Combatants and the Courts

Michelle Parini and Charles F. Williams
The War on Terror is unlikely to have a formal end, which presents unique challenges concerning the detention of suspected terrorists. Here, the authors look at three key cases involving enemy combatants.

Book Review

Presidential Elections in Song, Verse, Commercials, and More

C. Frederick Risinger
There are numerous ways to learn about presidents and their administrations; in this article, the author outlines some unique websites to help students and teachers explore them.

Election 2004

Democracy and Diversity: Social Studies in Action

Jesus Garcia
As we work to build a better future, let's strive to make our own organization more inclusive and make social studies once again a core subject.



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