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Documents and Civic Duties (Teaching with Documents)

—Lee Ann Potter
A one-sentence letter from school boy Anthony Ferreira to President Ford stating, “I think you are half right and half wrong ” is one of several primary sources featured in this article that highlight for students the value of responsible citizenship.

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Documents in the Digital Age (Teaching with Documents)

Lee Ann Potter
As more and more documents exist only in digital form, archivists and historians are faced with new challenges: preserving and providing access to computer-readable historical records [such as WWII Army Enlistment Records and Records about Japanese American Relocation].

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Letters from George Washington and Samuel Cabble, and Speeches by Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy

By Lee Ann Potter
Students will grapple with what it means to “embrace the future” when they study primary documents related to four noteworthy individuals who embraced the future in distinct ways.

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Dear Miss Breed: Using Primary Documents to Advance Student Understanding of Japanese Internment Camps

By Patrick Westcott and Martha Graham Viator
The authors highlight the Carter G. Woodson award winner Dear Miss Breed—which recounts the stories of 19 children of Japanese descent interned in U.S. camps during World War II—as an excellent resource for studying the Japanese American wartime experience.

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Letter from a Young Boy Following the Panay Incident (Teaching with Documents)

By Trevor K. Plante and Lee Ann Potter
The featured 1937 letter from a Japanese primary school student apologizing for the sinking of the USS Panay by Japanese aircraft provides an entry into the study of U.S.-Japanese relations before World War II.

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