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The United States in Afghanistan

Students explore Afghanistan’s culture and history, and then examine the events that led to the Soviet invasion, the arrival of Osama bin Laden, and the situation today.

American Revolution

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.


Brazil: A History of Change

Brazil: A History of Change helps students see Brazil as a unique, dynamic country with an important history, diverse culture, and its own path of development.


China on the World Stage: Weighing the U.S. Response

Students explore the history of Western relations with China and consider the global effects of China’s economic growth, societal transformation, and increasing international involvement.

Civil Rights

Freedom Now: The Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi

Students trace 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.

Climate Change

Climate Change and Questions of Justice

Students explore the causes and effects of global warming and delve into questions of who is most responsible for and vulnerable to the changing climate.

Colonization in Africa

Colonization and Independence in Africa

Students explore Africa in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and consider the changes colonialism imposed on African governments, economies, and societies.


History, Revolution, and Reform: New Directions for Cuba

History, Revolution, and Reform: New Directions for Cuba traces Cuba’s history from the country’s precolonial past to its most recent economic, social, and political changes. Students re-create the discussions Cubans on the island are having about their country’s future.

Cuban Missile Crisis

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.

Fog of War

Teacher’s Guide for The Fog of War

A series of lesson plans to accompany Errol Morris’ Academy Award winning full-length documentary, which examines issues of war and peace in the twentieth century through the lens of one of the century’s pivotal figures, Robert McNamara.

Foreign Aid

Dilemmas of Foreign Aid: Debating U.S. Policies

Readings, case studies, and primary sources prepare students to consider the trade-offs of foreign aid and articulate their own views on the future direction of U.S. policy.

French Revolution

The French Revolution

The French Revolution traces the history of France during this epoch. Students explore France’s political and social organization, its competition for empire, its financial crises, and the efforts to reshape French society.


Confronting Genocide: Never Again?

Students trace the evolution of the international community’s response to genocide and examine how the United States has responded to six cases of genocide.

Haitian Revolution

The Haitian Revolution

The Haitian Revolution explores the development of the American colonial world and one of the greatest wealth-producing colonies in world history. Students consider the different groups involved in the conflict, draw connections between events in Europe and the Americas, and reflect on the legacies of one of the most successful revolts of enslaved people in the history of the world.

Human Rights

Competing Visions of Human Rights: Questions for U.S. Policy

Through readings and activities, students explore the history of international human rights and consider various options for defining and protecting rights.


Immigration and the U.S. Policy Debate

Students explore the history of immigration to the United States and current U.S. immigration policy in the Trump era. 

Indian Independence

Indian Independence and the Question of Partition

Indian Independence and the Question of Partition examines the history leading up to the British withdrawal from the Indian subcontinent in 1947 and the legacies of partition that remain today.

International Trade

International Trade in a Globalized World

Students explore the controversies surrounding international trade and consider the issues that affect trade including globalization in the United States and abroad.


Iran Through the Looking Glass: History, Reform, and Revolution

Iran Through the Looking Glass: History, Reform, and Revolution traces the history of Iran from its early dynasties to the present. Readings and activities help students understand the political and cultural conditions that led to the 1979 Revolution and its aftermath.


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

Readings and activities explore the history of Iraq, help students understand events surrounding the U.S.-led invasion, and explore the effects of the war on Iraq, the United States, and the international community.


Between World Wars: FDR and the Age of Isolationism

Readings and activities examine 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.

Japanese American Incarceration

Japanese American Incarceration in World War II

In this FREE curriculum unit, students examine U.S.-Japanese relations before World War II, the varied experiences of incarcerated Japanese Americans, and the ways that members of the Japanese American community and others in the United States have remembered and continue to remember incarceration.


Between Two Worlds: Mexico at the Crossroads

Students explore Mexico’s economic and cultural transformation. The unit probes Mexico’s complex identity and history and brings students face-to-face with the difficult policy choices confronting the people of Mexico today.

Middle East

The Middle East: Questions for U.S. Policy

Students examine the role of oil in geopolitics, the issues between Israel and the Palestinians, the significance of the Iranian Revolution, and other historical issues that have shaped U.S. relations in the region.

New Nation

A New Nation

A New Nation asks students to consider the opportunities, hardships, aspirations, and questions facing people across the United States in its earliest years—from 1783-1830.


Nigeria: History, Identity, and Change

Students explore Nigeria’s history—from the precolonial to the present—and think about what the country’s future might look like.

Nuclear Weapons

The Challenge of Nuclear Weapons

The Challenge of Nuclear Weapons introduces students to the history of nuclear weapons and the concept of deterrence. It examines arguments for and against nuclear weapons and looks at three challenges facing us today: the leftover arsenals of the Cold War, proliferation, and the threat of nuclear terrorism.


Russia’s Transformation: Challenges for U.S. Policy

Students survey the economic issues and political developments that have shaped the outlook of policymakers in the Kremlin and Washington.

Russian Revolution

The Russian Revolution

The Russian Revolution explores the events leading up to Lenin and the Bolsheviks’ assumption of power. Students examine the political and economic conditions that led to the fall of the Tsar and explore the competing political ideologies in revolutionary-era Russia.

South Africa

Freedom in Our Lifetime: South Africa’s Struggle

Explore the history of South Africa and the development of a race-based society, the effects of apartheid on individuals and society, and the decision by some members of the anti-apartheid community to use violence to oppose the government’s policies.


Responding to Terrorism: Challenges for Democracy

Students consider the changing nature of terrorism, the motivations of terrorists, and the policy challenges for the United States.


Empire, Republic, Democracy: 
Turkey’s Past and Future

Students trace the final years of the Ottoman Empire, the struggle for independence, and Turkish resistance against European imperialism.

U.S. Role in the World

The U.S. Role in a Changing World

The U.S. Role in a Changing World helps students identify global issues, assess national priorities, and decide for themselves the role the United States should play in the world.

United Nations

The United Nations: Challenges and Change

The United Nations: Challenges and Change helps students consider the record of the United Nations since its founding. Students examine the UN’s role in the world through an evaluation of three areas of UN work: the Security Council, peacekeeping, and human rights.

Westward Expansion

Westward Expansion: A New History

Explore 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.

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