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The earliest American leaders upheld basic protections for civilians, prisoners of war, and sick and injured combatants. Such principles can serve as a guide today as we address difficult questions like the treatment of detainees and the issue of torture.
--Lee Ann Potter
Students will gain a deeper understanding of legislative tactics like the filibuster when they study the featured document—the Senate motion that broke a 55-day filibuster against the Civil Rights Act.
--Cynthia Williams Resor
A close study of community cookbooks illustrates economic, cultural, and technological trends over time, such as shifts in food production, preparation, and consumption.
A Supreme Court decision banning illegally obtained evidence in federal court serves as a point of entry for the study of search warrants and the Fourth Amendment.
Rather than battle Wikipedia’s stronghold in students’ lives, teachers should seize the opportunity to teach students how to read Wikipedia through a critical lens.
Wikipedia can provide useful facts for a summary report, but the anonymity and quantity of authors is problematic for historical research.
--Jeremy D. Stoddard and Meg Hoffman
Three activities described here engage the creativity of at-risk students by incorporating mini-camcorders into the study of the American Revolution, Civil War, and Post-Reconstruction.
Congress Investigates: Pearl Harbor and 9/11 Congressional Hearing Exhibits (Teaching with Documents)Submitted by Jennifer Bauduy on Tue, 10/04/2011 - 2:18pm
The study of the two featured documents will illustrate for students the importance of Congress’s power to investigate as part of a system of checks and balances established by the Founders.
--The Choices Program, Brown University
Ten years after 9/11, the United States is still fighting a war in Afghanistan against the Taliban. This article details key issues and events including the rise of the Taliban and the emergence of Osama bin Laden as a global terrorist figure.
--Toni Fuss Kirkwood-Tucker
Eleanor Roosevelt’s fearless advocacy of the rights of African Americans, and the public controversy this created, offer students an excellent window into the society and politics of the United States during the 1930s and 1940s.