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Legacy of the American West: Indian Cowboys, Black Cowboys, and Vaqueros

Wild West shows helped construct the stereotypical image of the cowboy. But a study of this aspect of American culture reveals a rich history of men and women of many ethnicities.
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Letter to, and Paintings by, George Catlin

A letter from the Secretary of War to painter George Catlin in the 1830s and Catlin's subsequent paintings of Native Americans in the West help students explore the encounter of two cultures.
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Rough Journal Page Documenting Ratification and Final Page of the Treaty of Paris, 1783

The featured documents highlight for students the significance of the Treaty of Paris, not only in ending the Revolutionary War, but also in transforming British North America.
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Fear, Panic, and Injustice: Executive Order 9066 A Lesson for Grades 4-6

In this lesson, students use primary sources to understand how a climate of fear influenced the president to sign the order that forced the incarceration of Japanese Americans.
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Conducting Interviews to Learn about World War II

The two featured lesson plans offer student interviewers the opportunity to evaluate multiple perspectives, interpret information, and draw historical conclusions.
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Remapping Neural Circuits, Civics, and Presidential Libraries: Coincidences? You Be the Judge

This review of the Presidential Timeline and 12 existing presidential library websites will help teachers and students to focus on the presidency.
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Frederick Douglass Changed My Mind about the Constitution

Like Frederick Douglass, this historian had originally viewed the Constitution as pro-slavery. Yet a close look at Douglass's writings revealed a Constitution that empowered the federal government to abolish slavery.
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Was the Constitution Pro-Slavery?

Robert Cohen
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Ensuring Access to the Ballot Box: Voting Rights in the United States

A close look at contemporary voting rights issuesvoter identification laws, English only laws, and felon disenfranchisementdemonstrates ways in which voting rights can be restricted by seemingly ordinary requirements.

Challenging History: Essential Questions in the Social Studies Classroom

By providing a critical frame through which to study history, essential questions engage students and facilitate deeper thinking about the content under investigation.

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