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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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History, Revolution, and Reform: New Directions for Cuba

Jo Fisher

Students trace 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.

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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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The Haitian Revolution

Jo Fisher

Students trace the development of the American colonial world and one of the greatest wealth-producing colonies in world history. They consider the groups involved in the conflict and reflect on the legacies of one of the most successful revolts of enslaved people in history.

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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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Between Two Worlds: Mexico at the Crossroads

Jo Fisher

Students explore Mexico’s economic and cultural transformation and probe Mexico’s complex identity and history, coming face-to-face with the difficult policy choices confronting the people of Mexico today.

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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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Brazil: A History of Change

Jo Fisher

The largest South American country has an often surprising and overlooked history. In this unit, students see Brazil as a unique, dynamic country with an important history, diverse culture, and its own path of development.

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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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