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African Americans in World War I

The lesson incorporates an online exhibition from the National World War I Museum with primary and secondary sources regarding the African American experience in World War I.
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Displaced Persons in the Aftermath of World War II

The students will examine the experiences of Jewish displaced persons in the years immediately following World War II. They will explore photographs and primary source documents related to the DP camps in Europe.
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Identity Politics in the 1960s and 1970s: Women & Native Americans

In this lesson, the students will apply their knowledge of the tactics and strategies used during the Civil Rights Movement to the movements for women's rights and Native American rights. The students will use both primary and secondary sources.
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The DePriest Tea Incident and the Social Integration of the White House

Through the use of primary sources, students will learn about the social integration of the White House in 1929 during what became known as the DePriest Tea Incident.
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The Truman, Eisenhower & Nixon Doctrines: Understanding U.S. Foreign Policy during the Cold War

Students will examine three cornerstones of American foreign policy during the Cold War -- the Truman, Eisenhower & Nixon Doctrines.
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The Lemon Tree: A Case Study on the Creation of the State of Israel (1948)

The students will use both individual assignments and cooperative learning to explore a case study on the creation of the state of Israel.
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The Election of 1860: An Analysis of Editorial Cartoons

The students will analyze editorial cartoons created in the context of the Election of 1860. Students will use the primary sources to identify the major issues of this election and how those issues shaped the elections outcome.
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Timeline Activity 1848-1856

Students must understand the progression of events in the 1850s to comprehend how difficult it became to reconcile differing opinions in the nation over slavery, states rights, and territorial expansion. Chronological analysis and cause/effect are both important skills for students to master prior to the national Advanced Placement United States History exam.
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Iran Hostage Crisis (1979-1981)

The students will read primary source documents related to the Iranian Hostage Crisis and, as advisors to President Carter, make recommendations about how he should respond.
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Cuban Missile Crisis

The students (in groups) will work through a series of primary source documents related to the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962. In using the primary sources, the students will confront the difficulties of negotiating at the highest levels.
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