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

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 Founding Entrepreneurs: America's Prosperity

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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Frederick Douglass Changed My Mind about the Constitution

Like Frederick Douglass, this historian had originally viewed the Constitution as pro-slavery. Yet a close look at Douglass's writings revealed a Constitution that empowered the federal government to abolish slavery.
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Was the Constitution Pro-Slavery? The Changing views of Frederick Douglas

George Washington's Printed Draft of the Constitution and Mike Wilkins's Preamble

The featured artwork highlights the 52 words of the Preamble to the Constitution. The accompanying document shows, however, that these well known words underwent many changes before reaching their final form.
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The First Page of the Official Journal of the Constitutional Convention-Just the Tip of a Records Iceberg!

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Events in History Do Not Happen in Isolation: Studying a Letter Written by Thomas Jefferson in 1815 (Sources and Strategies)

--Lee Ann Potter After the British torched the Capitol and its library in 1814, Congress purchased Thomas Jefferson’s renowned book collection. The featured letter by Jefferson, written at the conclusion of the transfer, can serve as an introduction to the global context of the War of 1812. http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7905/7905225.pdf
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Deepening Student Understanding of the Debate over the Constitution through a Description of a Grand Procession (Sources and Strategies)

--Stephen Wesson The featured document from a parade to celebrate the Constitution can serve as an engaging entry point into a lesson about the founding document and the campaign for ratification in 1788. http://socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7904/7904183.pdf
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Free Press in a Constitutional Democracy

--Christine Lucianek
Students will acquire a deeper understanding of freedom of the press when they consider the context for its inclusion in the First Amendment and examine its implications in the Internet age.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7806/7806298.pdf

Magna Carta at 800: Ten Key Questions Answered (Lessons on the Law)

--Howard Kaplan
As the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta approaches, Lessons on the Law provides an overview of the “Great Charter” and identifies teaching materials to engage students.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7806/7806265.pdf

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