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Philip Reid and the Statue of [em]Freedom[/em]


--Eugene Walton
Primary source documents help validate the history of an enslaved American who solved a crucial puzzle as the statue of Freedom was being prepared for casting in bronze. (Freedom now stands atop the Capitol in Washington, DC.) Handouts include time line, 1830 political cartoon, and the story of early emancipation (April 16, 1862) of enslaved Americans in the capital city during the Civil War.

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 3.5MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/24/mll24.pdf

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Philip Reid and the Statue of [em]Freedom[/em]


--Eugene Walton
Primary source documents help validate the history of an enslaved American who solved a crucial puzzle as the statue of Freedom was being prepared for casting in bronze. (Freedom now stands atop the Capitol in Washington, DC.) Handouts include time line, 1830 political cartoon, and the story of early emancipation (April 16, 1862) of enslaved Americans in the capital city during the Civil War.

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 3.5MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/24/mll24.pdf

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Venture Smith’s Autobiography and Runaway Ad: Enslavement in Early New York


--Alan J. Singer
Students compare primary sources (included as handouts) to validate historical information. The ad is from the "New York Gazette," April 1, 1754, published in the slave-holding colony of New York.

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 1.2 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/28/MLL28.pdf

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Venture Smith’s Autobiography and Runaway Ad: Enslavement in Early New York


--Alan J. Singer
Students compare primary sources (included as handouts) to validate historical information. The ad is from the "New York Gazette," April 1, 1754, published in the slave-holding colony of New York.

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 1.2 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/28/MLL28.pdf

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What Having Students “Write the Constitution” Taught Me


--Thomas Ladenburg
Students learn the historical setting background of an event, but then must debate and "decide upon" the outcome before they discover what actually happened. This issue also includes "Teaching and Learning with Timelines" by Linda Tripp, Cindy Basye, Kathy Jones, and Vicki Tripp.

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 1.0 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/32/MLL32.pdf

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Frederick Douglass, the Constitution, and Slavery: A Classroom Debate


--Vanessa Rodriguez
Students debate Douglass versus . . . Douglass! Before 1851, he argued that the U.S. Constitution abetted slavery. But then he proclaimed, "Let the North now make that instrument [i.e., the Constitution] bend to the cause of freedom and justice." Handouts provide eight passages from the Constitution and Douglass's statements about them.

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 0.8 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/33/MLL33.pdf

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Frederick Douglass, the Constitution, and Slavery: A Classroom Debate


--Vanessa Rodriguez
Students debate Douglass versus . . . Douglass! Before 1851, he argued that the U.S. Constitution abetted slavery. But then he proclaimed, "Let the North now make that instrument [i.e., the Constitution] bend to the cause of freedom and justice." Handouts provide eight passages from the Constitution and Douglass's statements about them.

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 0.8 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/33/MLL33.pdf

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Yellow Fever in Philadelphia, 1793


--Sandra W. Moss, M.D.
Book review of "An American Plague" by Jim Murphy. Also in this issue: Handouts and teaching ideas, such as handout/graph "On the Trail of an Epidemic: Yellow Fever in New Orleans, 1845-1860" and "Connect-the-Dots: Making Meaning from Historical Evidence" by Chris Edwards, which discusses smallpox and the Columbian Exchange.

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 0.9 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/31/MLL31.pdf

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Yellow Fever in Philadelphia, 1793


--Sandra W. Moss, M.D.
Book review of "An American Plague" by Jim Murphy. Also in this issue: Handouts and teaching ideas, such as handout/graph "On the Trail of an Epidemic: Yellow Fever in New Orleans, 1845-1860" and "Connect-the-Dots: Making Meaning from Historical Evidence" by Chris Edwards, which discusses smallpox and the Columbian Exchange.

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 0.9 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/31/MLL31.pdf

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The Great Irish Famine (and Immigration to USA)


--Maureen Murphy, Alan Singer, Maureen McCann Miletta, and Judity Y. Singer
Theme issue with brief history, excerpts from primary historical documents, references, handouts, historical fiction/diary.

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a black-and-white pdf of about 3.0 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/09/MLLSept2000BW.pdf

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