A Real History Unit: Comparing Policing during Prohibition to Policing Today

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Has policing changed much since Prohibition? For this engaging two week unit, students will examine whether or not the current controversies and realities surrounding the daily lives of officers is similar to what policemen faced during Prohibition. It includes interactive activities, unique primary sources from the Prohibition era, an end of unit short essay assessment, and much more!

Throughout the unit students will:

1) First, acquire a broad understanding of the Prohibition era.
2) Analyze the realities of being a police officer today as it applies to many issues including police brutality, excessive force, and new reforms in the field.
3) Compare and contrast the manner in which police officers back then dealt with bootleg alcohol and how cops grapple with the current heroin epidemic.
4) Delve into the similarities and differences of police brutality in recent times and during Prohibition.
5) Examine whether a "War on Cops" existed during Prohibition.
6) Compose a short essay answering the compelling question of the unit: "Has policing changed much since Prohibition?"
7) Culminating lesson about the dangers of drunk driving among the teen population.
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79
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2 Weeks

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A Real History Unit: Comparing Policing during Prohibition
A Real History Unit: Comparing Policing during Prohibition
A Real History Unit: Comparing Policing during Prohibition
A Real History Unit: Comparing Policing during Prohibition
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