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Examining a Seven-Flag Chieu Hoi Pass: A Primary Document from the American War in Viet Nam


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--Ted Engelmann
A close analysis of the Chieu Hoi pass, dropped over areas of Viet Nam to encourage enemy surrender, provides a unique approach to studying the Viet Nam war.

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Literature, Literacy, and Legacy: Teaching about the Civil Rights Movement


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—Elizabeth K. Wilson and Kathy Shaver Wetzel
The authors describe how a novel, such as The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963, can draw students into the study of the civil rights era.

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An End and a Beginning: The Fiftieth Anniversary of [em]Brown v. Board of Education[/em] (Looking at the Law)


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--James H. Landman
Fifty years ago this May, the Supreme Court decision on the case of Brown v. Board of Education changed the course of American history. Here is the background to the judgment that outlawed segregation policies in public schools.

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Order of Argument in the Case [em]Brown v. Board of Education[/em] (Teaching with Documents)


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--Kahlil Chism, contributing author, and Lee Ann Potter, editor
The Order of Argument in Brown v. Board of Education is a short document, but it can launch students on a long voyage of understanding of this milestone case.

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


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

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School Desegregation Depicted in Docudrama


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--David L. Wolfford
The author provides in-depth reviews of six films on desegregation.

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James Meredith at Ole Miss: “Victory Over Discrimination”


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--Candace D. Fisk and Beth Hurst
This story of James Meredith’s fight to integrate an all-white state university serves as a clear example of each individual’s ability to affect social change.

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Letter from President Lyndon B. Johnson to John Steinbeck (Teaching with Documents)


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--Lee Ann Potter
The letter featured in this article offers insight into the mutual respect shared between author John Steinbeck and former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson. Although Steinbeck’s opinion on the Vietnam War varied, he was a strong supporter of Johnson’s position on the war at the time the letter was written.

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The Rosa Parks “Myth”: A Third Grade History Investigation


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--Hillary Landorf and Ethan Lowenstein
Have the authors of trade books and textbooks brushed over essential aspects of Rosa Parks and her story? She had a long background of service and commitment to promoting the rights of African-Americans. She was not an "anonymous" seamstress, as sometimes portrayed.

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The ABCs of [em]Brown v. Board of Education[/em]: A Primer for the 50th Anniversary


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--Loraine Moses Stewart
An overview of a historic Supreme Court case in narrative, A through Z format. "L" is for Linda Brown, "N" is for NAACP, and "Z" is for zebra crossing.

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