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"In the Midst of Strange and Terrible Times": The New York City Draft Riots of 1863

Bárbara C. Cruz and Jennifer Marques Patterson
The riots that shook New York City more than a century ago can provide contemporary students a useful framework for studying such complex issues as race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and immigration.

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1906 Letter to the San Francisco Health Department (Teaching with Documents)

—Kristin Schmachtenberg
The 1906 earthquake that shattered San Franciscon exposed the city and nation's lack of disaster preparedness. The featured document highlights the dismal state of rations provided to those left homeless.

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From the Classroom to the Battlefield: A National Guardsman Talks about His Experience in Iraq

—Toni Fuss Kirkwood-Tucker
Many struggling youth see military service and the benefits it provides as a way to pursue dreams like a college education. One young man who joined the National Guard spoke with his former teacher about fighting in Iraq and how it changed him.

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Executive Power in an Age of Terror (Looking at the Law)

—James H. Landman
In today’s era of terrorism, marked by a non-traditional enemy, should the executive branch have greater authority? This article looks at the extent of the president’s power and the role of Congress and the judiciary in checking and balancing that power.

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Money Panics and the Establishment of the Federal Reserve System (Lesson Plan)

—National Council on Economic Education, New York
An unregulated banking system in the nineteenth century contributed to a string of severe money panics. A short play in this lesson plan helps students understand why this happened and how today’s Federal Reserve System protects against panics.

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The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands (Teaching with Documents)

By Kahlil Chism
The Freedmen’s Bureau was one of few agencies established to improve the lives of former slaves. Four documents highlight for students the bureau’s efforts to help African Americans acquire land, secure jobs, legalize marriages, and pursue education.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/sites/default/files/publications//se/7001/7...

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Chew Heong v. United States: Chinese Exclusion and the Federal Courts (Looking at the Law)

_ By Edited by James H. Landman_
A close look at the case of Chew Heong, a Chinese immigrant who challenged the nineteenth-century Chinese exclusion laws, provides important insight into early U.S. efforts to control immigration.

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October 1957 Memorandum Related to Sputnik (Teaching with Documents)

By Missy McNatt and David Traill
This month marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Soviet launch of Sputnik, which fueled American panic that the Soviet Union could fire intercontinental ballistic missiles. The featured document highlights President Eisenhower’s reaction and the government’s response.

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