Social Education

Ford: Not a Lincoln but a Hayes? A Lesson in History and Political Science


By John A. Donnangelo
What makes a president successful? This article evaluates the presidency of Gerald Ford in the light of four theories by political scientists on presidential performance, highlighting one of them.

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Lesson Whatdunnit? The Great Depression Mystery


_By National Council on Economic Education
This simulation activity offers clues to why the American economy went from unprecedented prosperity in the 1920s to unprecedented misery in the 1930s.

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What Caused the Great Depression?


By Jean Caldwell and Timothy G. O’Driscoll
A review of the three major schools of thought on the causes of the Great Depression provides deeper understanding of both the history of the Depression and basic principles of economics.

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The Founding Entrepreneurs: America’s Prosperity


Gerald Gunderson
The entrepreneurs who spurred America’s exceptional development offer students a model of what can be accomplished when individuals identify problems and seek productive solutions.

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History Matters: An Institutional Approach Examination of the U.S. Constitution


By Tawni Hunt Ferrarini and Mark C. Schug
Studying the evolution of the Constitution can help young people appreciate how choices made by their ancestors continue to impact our economy today.

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The Saffron Scourge: Society, Politics and Disease


By Diane Luke and Ann Winkler
By taking a closer look at various Yellow Fever outbreaks, the authors demonstrate for students the social, governmental, and economic impact of epidemics upon cities.

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Using Music to Teach about the Great Depression


By Robert L. Stevens and Jared A. Fogel
Students will gain new perspectives on the socio-economic circumstances of the Great Depression through an analysis of song lyrics of the time.

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Letters from George Washington and Samuel Cabble, and Speeches by Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy


By Lee Ann Potter
Students will grapple with what it means to “embrace the future” when they study primary documents related to four noteworthy individuals who embraced the future in distinct ways.

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The Updated Verdict of the Keys


By Allan J. Lichtman
Read this article to see what a historically accurate prediction system forecasts as the outcome of the popular vote this presidential election.

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Rough Journal Page Documenting Ratification and Final Page of the Treaty of Paris, 1783 (Teaching with Documents)


By Lee Ann Potter
The featured documents highlight for students the significance of the Treaty of Paris, not only in ending the Revolutionary War, but also in transforming British North America.

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