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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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Social Education January/February 2019

The upcoming U.S. census of 2020 is the subject of a controversy about whether the “short forms” that are sent to all households should include a question about the citizenship status of respondents.

This issue of Social Education offers a rich array of current topics, stimulating historical documents, and research-based findings about the kind of teaching that engages students, develops their thinking skills, and prepares them for effective citizenship. 

Editor's Notebook
 

Editor's Notebook Michael Simpson

   
NCSS Notebook
 

Revitalizing Civic Learning India Meissel

It is vital to the health and future of our democracy that we prepare our students for knowledgeable, engaged, and active citizenship. Secondary Level    
Lessons on the Law
 

April 1, 2020 is the Next Census Day: Everyone Should Be Counted, but How? Jeffrey M. Wice

The controversy over a proposed census question on citizenship status can launch an engaging classroom lesson on the U.S. constitutional requirement to count every resident. Secondary Level     Civics/Government

 

Examining the Legacy of Wisconsin v. Yoder Using Primary Documents Brett Bertucio

Should parents’ religious rights outweigh government’s interest in citizens’ education or wellbeing? Primary documents from a Supreme Court case can engage students in a spirited debate on this complex issue. Secondary Level     US History
Sources and Strategies
 

Expanding Student Understanding of Slavery in America by Exploring an Arabic Muslim Slave Narrative Michael Apfeldorf

Examining the life of an enslaved West African man in North Carolina who wrote a memoir in Arabic can broaden students’ perspectives on slavery in America. Secondary Level     US History

 

The Bullying of Religious Minorities in Schools: Consequences and Solutions Ameena Jandali, Henry Millstein

The authors recommend important steps and strategies to help schools and educators reduce or prevent bullying.     Pedagogy
Teaching the C3 Framework
 

The Deliberative Classroom: Inquiry-Based Teaching, Evaluative Questions, and Deliberation Stefanie Olbrys

In a classroom that promotes deliberation, students practice the kinds of speaking, listening, and critical thinking skills that advance active citizenship. Secondary Level     Pedagogy

 

Operation TPAJAX: An Investigation into the 1953 Iranian Coup d’État Autumn Magliocca, Anthony Pellegrino, Joseph L. Adragna

The suggested classroom activities can launch an important lesson on Cold War conflicts, provide contextual insight into Iranian-Western relations, and develop students’ historical thinking skills. Secondary Level     US History

 

Pawnee County, Kansas 1877-1880: Using Primary Sources to Investigate Local History Scott Scheuerell

Federal census reports and diaries from the past offer students a unique opportunity to conduct authentic research that deepens their understanding of their own community’s history.

Secondary Level     US History

 

The Braceros: Mexican Workers in the Jim Crow South, 1949–1951 Jarrod Hanson, Ruben Donato

Primary sources on the treatment of contracted Mexican workers in Arkansas in the mid-twentieth century can launch an engaging lesson on the role of race, economic power, regional differences, and citizenship status in historical events. Secondary Level     US History
Research & Practice
 

Project-Based Learning in Primary-Grade Social Studies Anne-Lise Halvorsen, Nell K. Duke, Stephanie L. Strachan

Project-based learning not only engages and fosters development in young learners, it enables them to see themselves as change agents in their communities. PreK-Elementary     Pedagogy

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