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The Lessons of Vietnam

--Toni Fuss Kirkwood-Tucker and Janet E. Benton
The authors explore using literature to teach controversial topics—like the Vietnam War—from a global perspective.

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Telegram Relating to the Slave Trade (Teaching with Documents)

--Karen Needles and Lee Ann Potter
Slave trader Nathaniel Gordon was found guilty of illegally transporting African slaves in 1861. A trail of documents recounts the legal battle waged by his supporters to try and stop his execution.

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An Elusive Ideal: Judicial Selection and American Democracy (Looking at the Law)

--James H. Landman
This article compares state systems that elect judges with other systems for the appointment of judges, in the light of a recent Supreme Court decision that might lead to judicial elections becoming more political.

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Alien Enemy Registration During World War I (Teaching with Documents)

--Helen Divjak and Lee Ann Potter
German immigrants who had not yet become citizens of the United States found their world turned upside down by a presidential proclamation declaring them enemy aliens in World War One.

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The War of the Words: Letters to the FCC Regarding Orson Welles’s 1938 Broadcast (Teaching with Documents)

--Lee Ann Potter
Orson Welles’s famous 1938 broadcast of “The War of the Worlds” incited a mixed response—ranging from terror to delight—from listeners across the country.

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Documenting the American South: Thomas H. Jones and the Fugitive Slave Law

--Cheryl Mason Bolick
Online research archives are making it easier for students to do in-depth research with primary sources on a historic topic. Here are activities to help students learn how the Fugitive Slave Law affected one man’s life.

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The 1930 Census (Teaching with Documents)

--Lee Ann Potter
What did it take to be a census enumerator for the 1930 census? What does a sample census schedule look like? The article examines the 1930 census and includes teaching activities that help students understand the importance of the census to the history of our nation.

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Eli Landers: Letters of a Confederate Soldier

--Stephanie Wasta and Carolyn Lott
Eli Landers, a young Confederate soldier in the Civil War, wrote poignant letters home to his mother, in which he described the battles he fought in, his fears and dreams, and the suffering he endured and witnessed.

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Eli Landers: Letters of a Confederate Soldier

--Stephanie Wasta and Carolyn Lott
Eli Landers, a young Confederate soldier in the Civil War, wrote poignant letters home to his mother, in which he described the battles he fought in, his fears and dreams, and the suffering he endured and witnessed.

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A Bill to Relieve Certain Legal Disabilities of Women (Teaching with Documents)

--Lee Ann Potter
After a long struggle, Belva A. Lockwood became the first woman admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court.

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