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How Do Teachers' Political Views Influence Teaching about Controversial Issues?

Diana E. Hess
Educators know that teaching about contentious subjects can spark controversy; in order to approach such subjects, we need to identify and critique how our own views influence what and how we teach.

In Focus

The Verdict of the Keys

Allan J. Lichtman
Is it possible to predict the winner of the presidential election? This historically-based forecasting system hasn’t been wrong yet in predicting the winner of the popular vote.

Election 2004

The World Court in Action: Judging Among the Nations

Reviewed by Kim Bush

Digital Images: Capturing America's Past with the Technology of Today

Michael J. Berson
Students can use digital cameras to explore how their community has changed over time.


Editor's Notebook

Separate Is Not Equal: Brown v. Board of Education Resources—A Guide for Study and Discussion

Alonzo N. Smith
This study guide provides a range of resources in preparation for the fiftieth anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education.


Editor's Notebook

Teaching the Election Process in Ten Days

S. Kay Gandy
These creative lessons teach younger students about political parties and campaigns, the rights and responsibilities of citizens, and the powers of local, state, and national governments.

Who Killed William Robinson? Exploring a Nineteenth-Century Murder Online

Ruth Sandwell
This documents-based history website encourages students to take an active, detective-type role in learning about events, such as a mysterious 1868 murder.


Letter from President Millard Fillmore to the Emperor of Japan

Marvin Pinkert and Lee Ann Potter
A letter from President Fillmore plays a key role in overcoming Japan’s “closed country” policy.

Looking at the Law


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