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Dred Scott v. Sandford Supreme Court Decision

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
Dred Scott was a harbinger of the Civil War. An enslaved man claimed freedom because his owner had taken him into free territory. Not only did the Supreme Court rule that Dred Scott and his wife were to remain enslaved, but it also ruled...
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Unit 12: A New Deal in Georgia

For Teachers 4th - 12th Standards
How much money do you need to survive in your city? Individuals try to answer the question using an economic simulation and primary source analysis. After they create their budgets—and handle some of life's curve balls—young historians...
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Unit 8: Political Peanuts - Cartoons Inspired by President Carter

For Teachers 4th - 12th Standards
Your scholars may be familiar with the Marvel universe, but do they know how to read political cartoons? Comics aren't just for kids ... they often convey sophisticated political ideas, and reading them takes practice. A wealth of...
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Unit 3: The Negro Motorist Green Book

For Teachers 2nd - 12th Standards
What was it like to travel as an African-American motorist in the Jim Crow era? Learners consider the question as they examine digital copies of the Green Book, which documented places that served African American patrons during the time...
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Unit 2: Life in Plains, GA

For Teachers 2nd - 12th Standards
What effect does a president's childhood have on his policies?  Classes consider the question as they examine evidence from Jimmy Carter's childhood experiences with segregation in the second of a 19-part The President's Travels series....
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Centers of the Storm: The Lyceum and the Circle at the University of Mississippi

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Greek Revival architecture and the Civil Rights Movement? Sure! Examine how the Lyceum and Circle, two historic buildings located on the campus of the University of Mississippi, relate to integration and the 1962 riot on the university...
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Freedom at Antietam

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Explore how the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation affected everyday individuals in the Civil War era. Learners are given the opportunity to read and evaluate primary and secondary source material, and then to compose a writing...
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The Debate in the United States over the League of Nations: Five Camps: From Voices of Consent to Voices of Dissent

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Students explore and discuss Woodrow Wilson's concepts for peace and the League of Nations. They understand efforts made to foster American support for the League and discuss the opposition shown in the Senate.
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Slavery and the American Founding: The "Inconsistency Not to Be Excused"

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
High schoolers examine slavery in the revolutionary and colonial eras of the United States. In this slavery lesson, learners investigate the presence of slavery in early America, the language of the Constitution, and the intent of the...
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Lesson 3: Religion and the Fight for American Independence

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Pupils explore the role religion played in the American Revolutionary War. Using primary documents and writing exercises, students understand how religion was used in support of the war efforts and how specific religious groups responded...
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Lesson 2: The Debate in Congress on the Sedition Act

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Pupils research and discuss the provisions in the Constitution that supported the arguments for and against the Sedition Act. They articulate objections to and arguments in favor of the Sedition Act.
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The Strategy of Containment, 1947-1948

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Learners understand President Truman's strategy of containment by reading primary source documents, using an interactive map, discussing and writing short reports about the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan as applications of...
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Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart: Oral and Literary Strategies

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Readers are first introduced to Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart by making a map of Africa. They will better understand the novel's historical and literary contexts, European and African literary traditions, and how historical events...