U.S. History

A Forgotten History: The Slave Trade and Slavery in New England

A Forgotten History: The Slave Trade and Slavery in New England explores the nature of the triangular trade and the extent of slavery in New England. It discusses the effects of the trade in slaves and of slavery itself for the new Americans of the time, helping students to understand how history, and the telling of history, affects us today.

The American Revolution: Experiences of Rebellion

Considering the perspectives of various stakeholders—European colonial men and women, enslaved Africans, and native peoples—students explore the complex factors that led to rebellion, war, and, ultimately, the independence of the United States.

A More Perfect Union: The Constitutional Convention and the Ratification Debate

A More Perfect Union: The Constitutional Convention and the Ratification Debate revisits the events and controversies of 1787-88 surrounding the debate over the U.S. Constitution. Students gain a deeper understanding of the political climate of the era and the values that contributed to the political foundation of the United States.

Challenge to the New Republic: The War of 1812

Challenge to the New Republic: The War of 1812 examines the foreign policy challenges of the early U.S. administrations as the new nation struggled to gain international respect. Students consider the choices for America in 1812.

Westward Expansion: A New History

Westward Expansion: A New History explores the transformation of the North American continent in the nineteenth century. Students examine this complicated and violent history through two lenses, first considering the major events and policies that accompanied U.S. westward growth, and then exploring the effects of U.S. expansion on a local level.

Beyond Manifest Destiny: America Enters the Age of Imperialism

Beyond Manifest Destiny: America Enters the Age of Imperialism probes the political and ethical issues raised by the Spanish-American War and the acquisition of an overseas empire. Students compare America's values and concerns at the turn of the century with the challenges facing U.S. policy today.

To End All Wars: World War I and the League of Nations Debate

To End All Wars: World War I and the League of Nations Debate explores the transformation of U.S. foreign policy during World War I and the emergence of Wilson's vision for a new world order. Students take part in the conference at Versailles to decide the future of Europe and in the Senate debate to determine the U.S. role in the postwar world.

Between World Wars: FDR and the Age of Isolationism

Between World Wars: FDR and the Age of Isolationism examines the events in the United States and overseas in the early years of World War II and then recreates the great debate that took place in the United States over the Lend-Lease Act.

The Origins of the Cold War: U.S. Choices after World War II

The Origins of the Cold War: U.S. Choices After World War II engages students in the national debate on the U.S. role in the world in 1946. The unit recalls the historically-rooted ambivalence with which Americans greeted their country's sudden prominence in world affairs after World War II.

The Cuban Missile Crisis: Considering its Place in Cold War History

The Cuban Missile Crisis: Considering its Place in Cold War History probes the complex relationship between the United States and Cuba, and examines the crisis that brought the world to the brink of war. The unit incorporates groundbreaking research on the Cuban missile crisis.

Freedom Now: The Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi

Freedom Now: The Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi traces the history of the black freedom struggle from Reconstruction through the 1960s. Readings and activities focus on the grass-roots movement to achieve civil rights for African Americans.

The Limits of Power: The United States in Vietnam

The Limits of Power: The United States in Vietnam draws students into the key decision points marking U.S. involvement in Vietnam. Historical background and original documents recreate the assumptions and mind-sets shaping U.S. foreign policy during the Vietnam War.

Teacher’s Guide for The Fog of War

The Teacher's Guide for The Fog of War provides a series of lesson plans to accompany Errol Morris' Academy Award winning full-length documentary.

A Global Controversy: The U.S. Invasion of Iraq

A Global Controversy: The U.S. Invasion of Iraq draws students into the public debate on the U.S. decision to invade Iraq in 2003. Readings and activities provide students with an overview of the history of Iraq, help students understand events surrounding the U.S. led-invasion, and explore the effects of the war on Iraqi society, the United States, and the international community.

Immigration and the U.S. Policy Debate

Immigration and the U.S. Policy Debate helps students examine the historical and current dimensions of immigration, a topic that has become a key focus of U.S. policy. Through readings and activities, students explore past immigration laws and consider different policy options for the future.

Responding to Terrorism: Challenges for Democracy

Responding to Terrorism: Challenges for Democracy addresses the issues arising from the September 11, 2001 attacks and the continuing threat of terrorism. Students consider the changing nature of terrorism, the motivations of terrorists, and the policy challenges for the United States.

The U.S. Role in a Changing World

The U.S. Role in a Changing World helps students reflect on global changes, assess national priorities, and decide for themselves the role the United States should play in the world today. Readings include discussions of security, economy, environment, culture, and politics.
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