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U.S. History Titles

Slave Trade

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

With readings, letters, maps, statistics, and simulations, students explore the triangular trade and the nature of slavery in New England.

American Revolution

The American Revolution: Experiences of Rebellion

Readings, simulations, and primary sources prompt students to consider the complex factors that led to rebellion, war, and, ultimately, the independence of the United States.

The U.S. Constitution

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

Using primary sources, role-play, and simulations, students examine the context in which the U.S. Constitution was framed.

War of 1812

Challenge to the New Republic: The War of 1812

Students use primary sources and readings to immerse themselves in the struggle to establish the new federal government's role in foreign policy.

Westward Expansion

Westward Expansion: A New History

Students use readings, primary sources, and an in-depth case study to explore U.S. westward expansion from multiple perspectives.

Spanish-American War

Beyond Manifest Destiny: America Enters the Age of Imperialism

Readings, primary sources, and simulations enable students to probe the political and ethical issues raised by the Spanish-American War.

League of Nations Debate

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

Using readings, primary sources, and simulations, students explore the causes and effects of World War I at home and abroad.


Between World Wars: FDR and the Age of Isolationism

Using maps, transcripts, audio, photos, statistics, timelines, and simulations, students examine the inter-war years and recreate the American debate over the Lend-Lease Act.


Ending the War Against Japan: Science, Morality, and the Atomic Bomb

Through readings and simulations, students explore the political, military, and ethical issues involved in the decision to drop atomic bombs on Japan.

Cold War

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

Drawing on primary sources, statistics, a timeline, and selected biographies, students engage in the national debate on the U.S. role in the world in 1946.

Cuban Missile Crisis

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

Using primary sources, students explore the dynamics of the Cold War and step into the shoes of President Kennedy's ExComm during the crisis.

Civil Rights

Freedom Now: The Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi

Students trace the history of the black freedom struggle from Reconstruction through the 1960s.

Vietnam War

The Limits of Power: The United States in Vietnam

Using maps, cartoons, and primary sources, students evaluate how successive U.S. administrations perceived the situation in Vietnam, and implemented policy.


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

Students recreate the debate surrounding the decision to go to war, assess the war's impact in the United States, Iraq, and beyond.


Immigration and the U.S. Policy Debate

Drawing on statistics, speeches, and commission reports, students examine the historical and current dimensions of immigration policy from multiple perspectives.


Responding to Terrorism: Challenges for Democracy

With readings, primary sources, statistics, cartoons, and case studies, students prepare for a debate in the U.S. Senate on the response to terrorism.

U.S. Role in the World

The U.S. Role in a Changing World

Readings, primary sources, political cartoons, maps, statistics, and simulations draw students into the promise and uncertainty of the modern era.

Fog of War

Teacher's Guide for The Fog of War

This guide provides a series of lesson plans to accompany Errol Morris' Academy Award wining full-length documentary. [Teacher's Guide only; DVD not included]