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Even Wars Have Laws: Upholding an American Tradition


--TJ Adhihetty
The earliest American leaders upheld basic protections for civilians, prisoners of war, and sick and injured combatants. Such principles can serve as a guide today as we address difficult questions like the treatment of detainees and the issue of torture.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7405/7405259.pdf

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Cloture Motion to Cease Debate on 1964 Civil Rights Bill (Teaching with Documents)


--Lee Ann Potter
Students will gain a deeper understanding of legislative tactics like the filibuster when they study the featured document—the Senate motion that broke a 55-day filibuster against the Civil Rights Act.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7406/740610288.pdf

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Using Community Cookbooks as Primary Sources


--Cynthia Williams Resor
A close study of community cookbooks illustrates economic, cultural, and technological trends over time, such as shifts in food production, preparation, and consumption.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7501/75011130.pdf

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Request for a Copy of the Decision in [em]Weeks v. The United States[/em] (Teaching with Documents)


--Megan Jones
A Supreme Court decision banning illegally obtained evidence in federal court serves as a point of entry for the study of search warrants and the Fourth Amendment.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7502/752201156.pdf

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A Call for Wikipedia in the Classroom


--Mark Kissling
Rather than battle Wikipedia’s stronghold in students’ lives, teachers should seize the opportunity to teach students how to read Wikipedia through a critical lens.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7502/752201160.pdf

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Wikipedia: Does it Have a Place in Research?


--Ann Claunch
Wikipedia can provide useful facts for a summary report, but the anonymity and quantity of authors is problematic for historical research.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7502/752201165.pdf

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Learning History with Mini-Camcorders


--Jeremy D. Stoddard and Meg Hoffman
Three activities described here engage the creativity of at-risk students by incorporating mini-camcorders into the study of the American Revolution, Civil War, and Post-Reconstruction.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7502/7522011107.pdf

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Congress Investigates: Pearl Harbor and 9/11 Congressional Hearing Exhibits (Teaching with Documents)


--Christine Blackerby
The study of the two featured documents will illustrate for students the importance of Congress’s power to investigate as part of a system of checks and balances established by the Founders.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7504/7504175.pdf

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Afghanistan, the Taliban, and Osama bin Laden: The Background to September 11


--The Choices Program, Brown University
Ten years after 9/11, the United States is still fighting a war in Afghanistan against the Taliban. This article details key issues and events including the rise of the Taliban and the emergence of Osama bin Laden as a global terrorist figure.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7504/7504185.pdf

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Eleanor Roosevelt and Civil Rights


--Toni Fuss Kirkwood-Tucker
Eleanor Roosevelt’s fearless advocacy of the rights of African Americans, and the public controversy this created, offer students an excellent window into the society and politics of the United States during the 1930s and 1940s.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7505/750511245.pdf

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