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This letter to a special prosecutor involved in the Watergate Crisis deals with the event and subsequent fallout. The letter lists the pros and cons of prosecuting Richard Nixon for his Watergate crimes with explanations for each. The following set
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This is a very simple template that I use to facilitate students creating original political cartoons. The template includes a space for drawing out the cartoon and some analyzation tools such as spaces for students to list out characters and
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This assignment asks students to analyze Joseph McCarthy's famous Cold War era speech in Wheeling, WV in which he claimed to have identified 205 communists working in the US government. Questions for students to answer on the speech are included.
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This assignment asks students to analyze a speech given by Adolf Hitler in 1934 to a dismantled German people. In the speech, Hitler promises a bright future ahead to the Germans and seeks to build their confidence. This assignment works great as an
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This is a scanned copy of a pamphlet from 1953 published by the US government entitled "Facts About Fallout." The pamphlet was meant to inform Americans of what to do in the event of a nuclear attack. Attached are questions that students can discuss
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This famous political cartoon depicts the perceived ill effects of alcohol consumption and asks students to analyze the main thesis of the cartoon. Questions for students to answer are included.
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This assignment is very helpful at helping students practice discerning difference in viewpoints as well as serving as a good conversation starter about the difference of opinion that existed in the US in the early 1940s regarding our potential
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This assignment includes two excerpts from two different documents regarding the Manzanar internment camp which was built to imprison Japanese American citizens during World War II. The first document is an article written for the San Francisco News
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This is a set of two political cartoons dealing with two Cold War issues (arms race, iron curtain). The assignment includes a chart for students to record information (people, activities, objects) and then a space for students to make three
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This assignment includes a brief summary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, followed by a series of opinionated questions for students to complete, discuss, and analyze. This assignment could be used to lead a class discussion on the topic or supplement
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This document analysis features excerpts from Churchill's famous Iron Curtain speech in which he pointed out the growing divide in Europe following World War II. Included are questions for students to analyze, answer, or discuss.
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The Problem We All Live With is a painting by Norman Rockwell that depicts Ruby Bridges, a young African American girl being escorted by Federal Marshalls to public school after desegregation. The painting tells a deep story about issues of civil
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This assignment includes two documents, a letter attributed to Martin Luther King Jr. (Letter from Birmingham Jail) and a speech attributed to Malcolm X (Address to a Meeting in New York). Included is a set of questions for students to answer,
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This speech given in 1917 by Woodrow Wilson officially ushered the United States into World War I, changing the course of the 20th century. The assignment includes the abridged speech text, as well as follow up questions for students to analyze,
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This assignment includes two political cartoons that analyze the New Deal, which was the primary driving legislation force behind Franklin Roosevelt's attempts to end the Great Depression through job creation and government intervention. The
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This assignment asks students to analyze the message and bias of a particular painting of the effects of westward migration from the age of manifest destiny. Questions for students to answer and discuss are included.
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This excerpt from a speech given by Heinrich Himmler to a group of SS soldiers in late 1943 focuses on Himmler's expectations for SS soldiers, his elevation of the German people over the rest of the world, and his racist disdain for the Jewish
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