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.
Kahilil Chism Why have only 27 amendments out of 10,000 been passed? Why did Congressional pay raises take 203 years to be ratified? What sparked the repeal of Prohibition? A close-up look at the 18th, 21st, and 27th amendments sheds light on the intricate amendment process.
Christine Blackerby Most students who learn how a bill becomes a law never actually see a law. This article highlights three documents that trace one bills journeyfor a holiday to honor the nations veteransto becoming a law.
Lee Ann Potter Ronald Reagan made history when he nominated Sandra Day OConnor as the first female justice of the Supreme Court. His letter to the Senate is an excellent jump off point for teaching about the separation of powers and checks and balances.
Choices for the 21st Century Education Program, Brown University Although many people in the United States think of slavery as a Southern institution, New England has a more complex history of slavery and slave trading than many realize.
Samuel Totten Thousands of Armenians recently gathered in the Syrian Desert to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. Genocide scholar Samuel Totten describes the two-day memorial and the ongoing impact of that genocide.
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