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Teaching Presidential Impeachment

--Jean A. Luckowsi and James J. Lopach
An issues-centered approach to impeachment can help students to both appreciate the wisdom of our constitutional framework and understand why such strong differences over how to interpret the Constitution emerged in the recent debate over impeaching President Clinton.

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The Meaning of Memory: Establishing the Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday

--Mira Cohen
Some memorable days in our nation’s history are declared holidays, while others are considered days of remembrance. This article explores the process of establishing a holiday to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr.

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The Other September 11: Teaching about the 1973 Overthrow of Chilean President Salvador Allende

--Katy Benedetto, Alexandra Lamb, and Robert Cohen
With the help of primary sources, teachers can give students the opportunity to reflect on the complexity and contradictions of U.S foreign policy by introducing them to Chile’s September 11.

Tracking a Hurricane: A Mapping Exercise in Real Time

--Donna Kay Mau
A classroom activity (in geography/history/current-events) for September of any year. Other items recall the "mighty storms" of Galveston (1900) and St. Croix (1772)--which a young islander, Alexander Hamilton, witnessed and wrote about (see Handout p. 16).

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a black-and-white pdf of about 3.0 MB:

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Yellow Fever in Philadelphia, 1793

--Sandra W. Moss, M.D.
Book review of "An American Plague" by Jim Murphy. Also in this issue: Handouts and teaching ideas, such as handout/graph "On the Trail of an Epidemic: Yellow Fever in New Orleans, 1845-1860" and "Connect-the-Dots: Making Meaning from Historical Evidence" by Chris Edwards, which discusses smallpox and the Columbian Exchange.

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Using Cartograms to Explore the Electoral College: Comparing 1908 with 2008

--Peter William Moran, Kimberly Dawn Miller, and Kurk Aegerter
Students create "data maps" as they learn about cartography, the Electoral College, historical presidential elections, and how U.S. demographics changed over the course of a century. This issue includes "Maps, Representations of the Earth, and Biases" by
Peter C. Cormas, and "How Politicians Gerrymander" by Steven S. Lapham.

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