US History

A Pocketful of History


--Sherry L. Field and Linda D. Labbo
Read a biography. Then examine "pocket contents." In Lincoln's vest pocket? A draft for a speech, theater tickets, and a photograph of his family, among other items. "Artifacts" are suggested for the pockets of Benito Juarez (president of Mexico), Grandma Moses (artist), Mary McLeod Bethune (black educator), and others.

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Was the Constitution Pro-Slavery? The Changing View of Frederick Douglass


By Robert Cohen
Many have questioned whether the document on which our nation is based sanctioned slavery. But renowned abolitionist Frederick Douglass, who originally condemned the Constitution, came to view it in a much different light.

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Freedom of Speech in Times of War: The Sedition Act of 1918 (Teaching with Documents)


--Annie Davis
The records of an immigrant accused of sedition during World War I can spark a classroom debate about national security and freedom of speech.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7903/7903125.pdf

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Connecting Students to Local Communities through the Work of the Federal Writers’ Project and Zora Neale Hurston (Sources and Strategies)


--Rebecca Newland
The featured documents from a WPA project that employed authors to write state travel guides will spark student interest in local history and can help launch a lesson on the Great Depression and New Deal programs.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7903/7903120.pdf

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Three Key Episodes in American Financial History


--Mark C. Schug, Mary C. Suiter, and William C. Wood
When economics is integrated into the study of history, students gain a much deeper understanding of the way in which monetary policies changed in the decades before the Great Depression.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7902/79021582.pdf

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Inviting Students to Consider Possible Research Paths Suggested by an Article, a Photograph, and a Sound Recording from the Nineteenth Century (Sources and Strategies)


--Lee Ann Potter
The featured article, photographs, and related sound recordings can serve as a jumping off point into the study of a range of topics including westward expansion, the age of invention, and Native American culture.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7902/79021558.pdf

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A Time for Social Studies: Talking with Young People about Ferguson and Staten Island


--Beth C. Rubin
When students engage in discussions about civic rights and processes, their sense of discouragement transforms to a sense of empowerment.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7901/79011522.pdf

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Immigrants and National Security during World War I (Teaching with Documents)


--Kimberlee Ried
The U.S. government document issued during World War I to a German immigrant and Civil War veteran can launch a classroom exploration of federal policies on national security and the rights of immigrants.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7901/79011511.pdf

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Asking Students to Compare the Value of Information in Different Sources about the Same Event (Sources and Strategies)


--Scott M. Waring
A close look at the spy map that helped George Washington win the Battle of Princeton can place students in the role of historians as they analyze the map and other sources to shed light on this historic event.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7901/79011506.pdf

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NAFTA: The World´s Largest Trading Zone Turns 20


--Tawni Hunt Ferrarini and Stephen Day
This article looks at the results of NAFTA, 20 years after it created a controversial common market between the United States, Canada, and Mexico, and examines the ongoing free trade debate.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7806/7806306.pdf

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