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Racial Slavery in the Americas: Resistance, Freedom, and Legacies

Jo Fisher

This unit provides a wide-ranging overview of racial slavery in the Americas and the opportunity for students to consider how the past shapes the present.

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We the People:
A New Nation

Jo Fisher

Rather than taking the usual approach of learning history from only the perspective of the elite political leaders, students consider the opportunities, hardships, aspirations, and questions facing people across society in the United States in its earliest years—from 1783-1830.

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Japanese American Incarceration in World War II

Jo Fisher

In this FREE unit, students examine U.S.-Japanese relations before World War II, experiences of incarcerated Japanese Americans, and ways the Japanese American community and others in the U.S. have remembered incarceration.

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Freedom Now: The Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi

Jo Fisher

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.

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

Jo Fisher

Students probe the complex relationship between the U.S. and Cuba, and examine the crisis that brought the world to the brink of war. The unit incorporates groundbreaking research on the Cuban missile crisis.

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Immigration and the U.S. Policy Debate

Jo Fisher

Students explore the history of immigration to the United States and current U.S. immigration policy in the Trump era as they consider the complexities of U.S. immigration policy and prepare to articulate their own views about this issue.

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

Jo Fisher

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

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Between World Wars: FDR and the Age of Isolationism

Jo Fisher

Students examine the events in the United States and overseas in the early years of World War II and then recreate the great debate that took place in the United States over the Lend-Lease Act.

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The Challenge of Nuclear Weapons

Jo Fisher

Students probe the history of nuclear weapons and the concept of deterrence. They examine arguments for and against nuclear weapons, and the challenges of leftover Cold War arsenals, proliferation, and the threat of nuclear terrorism.

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Responding to Terrorism: Challenges for Democracy

Jo Fisher

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

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International Trade in a Globalized World

Jo Fisher

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

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The U.S. Role in a Changing World

Jo Fisher

Students identify global issues, assess national priorities, and decide for themselves the role the United States should play in the world as they consider the array of economic, political, and social transformations taking place both at home and abroad.

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The American Revolution: Experiences of Rebellion

Jo Fisher

Students consider the perspectives of various stakeholders—colonists, enslaved Africans, and native peoples—and explore the factors that led to rebellion, war, and the independence of the U.S.

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Westward Expansion:
A New History

Jo Fisher

Students explore the transformation of North America in the nineteenth century and probe this complicated and violent history, considering the major events and policies that accompanied U.S. growth and the effects at a local level.

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Teacher’s Guide for The Fog of War

Jo Fisher

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.

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