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Social Education September 2008

Vol.: 
72
Number: 
5
Looking at the Law
Ensuring Access to the Ballot Box: Voting Rights in the United States
Elizabeth M. Yang, Kristi Gaines
A close look at contemporary voting rights issuesvoter identification laws, English only laws, and felon disenfranchisementdemonstrates ways in which voting rights can be restricted by seemingly ordinary requirements. Secondary/High School US History, Civics/Government

Question: Who Can Vote?
Misty D. Rodeheaver, Mary E. Haas
Key historical events changed voting practices in America and extended the right to vote. This article spotlights a few of those events, as well as contemporary voting issues, and outlines a teacher-tested lesson on voting. Secondary/High School Civics/Government

Habeas Corpus and Enemy Combatants
Carolyn Pereira, Nisan Chavkin
The writ of habeas corpus has been a critical tool for balancing the rights of individuals with the government's responsibility to protect the nation's welfare. The featured elementary, middle, and high school lessons explore the significance of this right. Secondary/High School Civics/Government

Frederick Douglass Changed My Mind about the Constitution
James Oakes
Like Frederick Douglass, this historian had originally viewed the Constitution as pro-slavery. Yet a close look at Douglass's writings revealed a Constitution that empowered the federal government to abolish slavery. Secondary/High School US History
Surfing the Net
Remapping Neural Circuits, Civics, and Presidential Libraries: Coincidences? You Be the Judge
C. Frederick Risinger
This review of the Presidential Timeline and 12 existing presidential library websites will help teachers and students to focus on the presidency. Secondary/High School US History
Research and Practice
The Two World Histories
Ross E. Dunn
Despite the urgent need to improve the world history curriculum, disagreements on the subject have divided scholars, educators, and policymakers into different camps at cross purposes with each other. Secondary/High School World History
Elementary Education
Conducting Interviews to Learn about World War II
Mary E. Haas
The two featured lesson plans offer student interviewers the opportunity to evaluate multiple perspectives, interpret information, and draw historical conclusions. PreK-Elementary US History

Fear, Panic, and Injustice: Executive Order 9066 A Lesson for Grades 4-6
Theresa M. McCormick
In this lesson, students use primary sources to understand how a climate of fear influenced the president to sign the order that forced the incarceration of Japanese Americans. PreK-Elementary US History
Teaching with Documents
Rough Journal Page Documenting Ratification and Final Page of the Treaty of Paris, 1783
Lee Ann Potter
The featured documents highlight for students the significance of the Treaty of Paris, not only in ending the Revolutionary War, but also in transforming British North America. Secondary/High School US History

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