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Harriet Jacobs: Using Online Slave Narratives in the Classroom


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--Cheryl Mason Bolick and Meghan M. McGlinn
With digital libraries, valuable documents become readily available, such as the writings of a former slave, Harriet Jacobs, who became an outspoken opponent of slavery.

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Robert E. Lee's Demand for the Surrender of John Brown (Teaching with Documents)


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--Daniel F. Rulli
John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry--considered treasonous by some and heroic by others--helped strengthen the anti-slavery movement. Students can gain a deeper understanding of this event by studying General Lee’s demand for Brown’s surrender.

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The Cherokee Response to Removal


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--National Museum of the American Indian
This lesson plan offers insight into the Cherokee experience during the native group’s forced nineteenth-century relocation by the federal government in what became known as the “Trail of Tears.”

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The Purchase of the Louisiana Territory (Teaching with Documents)


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—Lee Ann Potter, Karen Needles, and Marisa Wilairat
The purchase of the Louisiana territory provides teachers with a perfect launch of classroom discussion on how the government funded this acquisition.

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The Escape of the [em]Pearl[/em]


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--Susan Hoffman Fishman
The attempted escape of more than seventy slaves aboard a ship called the Pearl spotlights issues of morality and law, slavery in a democratic society, and the inherent challenges in deciphering history.

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


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--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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[em]Marbury v. Madison[/em]: Bicentennial of a Landmark Decision (Looking at the Law)


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--James H. Landman
This article revisits the historic two-hundred-year-old verdict that affirmed the Supreme Court’s right to review, and overturn, congressional or executive acts it deems unconstitutional.

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Conflict Resolution in History: The War with Mexico as a Case Study


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--Arlene L. Gardner and John Chambers
By applying conflict resolution strategies to such events as the Mexican-American War, students grapple with difficult historical disputes, learn mediation and negotiation skills, and gain a deeper understanding of the costs, complexities, and consequences of conflict.

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Displaced Children in U.S. History: Stories of Courage and Survival


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--Brenda Betts
A brief survey of four major U.S. migrations of homeless children: the Cherokee Trail of Tears; the Underground Railroad; the Orphan Train Riders; and the One Thousand Children program (during the Holocaust). Includes brief accounts from four children.

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[em]The American Girls Collection[/em] History Project: A Third Grade and Teacher


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--Karen Hoelscher
Third graders developed brief dramas (based on this historical fiction book series) to present to classmates, teachers, and invited family friends.

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