U.S. History
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.
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.
Westward Expansion

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.

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.
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.
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.
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.

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.

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. 

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.
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.
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.
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