US History

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

--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.

Related: (Teaching with Documents)

—Lee Ann Potter
A newly launched project highlights one hundred landmark documents—such as the United States Constitution, Thomas Edison’s electric lamp patent, and the canceled check for Alaska—that have influenced the course of U.S. history. Here’s how to integrate these documents into classroom instruction.


The Lessons of Vietnam

--Toni Fuss Kirkwood-Tucker and Janet E. Benton
The authors explore using literature to teach controversial topics—like the Vietnam War—from a global perspective.


What Patriotism Means Today in the Wake of 9/11/2001

--Roger Wilkins
This university professor, who served as assistant attorney general in the Johnson administration, points out that dissent can be a form of patriotism, especially in times like these “when the blood is hot.”


Telegram Relating to the Slave Trade (Teaching with Documents)

--Karen Needles and Lee Ann Potter
Slave trader Nathaniel Gordon was found guilty of illegally transporting African slaves in 1861. A trail of documents recounts the legal battle waged by his supporters to try and stop his execution.


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

--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.


Alien Enemy Registration During World War I (Teaching with Documents)

--Helen Divjak and Lee Ann Potter
German immigrants who had not yet become citizens of the United States found their world turned upside down by a presidential proclamation declaring them enemy aliens in World War One.


The War of the Words: Letters to the FCC Regarding Orson Welles’s 1938 Broadcast (Teaching with Documents)

--Lee Ann Potter
Orson Welles’s famous 1938 broadcast of “The War of the Worlds” incited a mixed response—ranging from terror to delight—from listeners across the country.


Documenting the American South: Thomas H. Jones and the Fugitive Slave Law

--Cheryl Mason Bolick
Online research archives are making it easier for students to do in-depth research with primary sources on a historic topic. Here are activities to help students learn how the Fugitive Slave Law affected one man’s life.

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