Unit 1: Foundation of American Democracy
The Retro Report resources here focus on debates in Federalism, including immigration and disaster response.
Unit 2: Interactions Among Branches
This collection includes resources for all three branches, along with several films that focus on public policy and the role of the bureaucracy.
The Battle for Votes: Gerrymandering
Why Supreme Court Confirmations Have Become So Bitter
The Korean War
Love Canal and the Environmental Protection Agency
The Birth of the Environmental Movement: DDT and Rachel Carson
Influencing Public Policy: Food Safety
Influencing Public Policy: The Story of Thalidomide
The Environment and Natural Resources: Wild Horses
The Indian Child Welfare Act
Unit 3: Civil Liberties & Civil Rights
The videos below include many resources to teach about the 1st Amendment, 2nd Amendment, criminal justice issues, along with examinations of the civil rights struggles of several groups in U.S. history.
Presidents v. Press: How the Pentagon Papers Leak Set Up First Amendment Showdowns
The Civil Rights Movement: Black Power and Sports
The Second Amendment: Siege at Waco
Brown v. Board of Ed and Busing Promised Integration. Why Are Schools Still Segregated?
Why the Supreme Court Endorsed, Then Limited Affirmative Action
How a 1944 Supreme Court Ruling on Internment Camps Led to a Reckoning
The 1968 L.A. School Walkouts
Vincent Chin and Asian American Civil Rights
Dr. Martin Luther King at Gee’s Bend
Protests For Racial Justice: A Long History
Watts Uprising and the Militarization of Policing
Why We Can't Have a Civil Conversation About Guns
Aftermath of the War on Terror
The War on Terror and the Debate Over Torture
The Moral Panic Over “Superpredators”
Influencing Policy: Evolution and the First Amendment
Unit 4: American Political Ideologies & Beliefs
This section includes examinations of political socialization by several types of influences along with resources for learning about the interaction between ideology and social policy.
Unit 5: Political Participation
This section includes links to several collections, including political parties and conventions and political advertisements. There are also resources for teaching about voting rights and historic elections.
How Watergate and Citizens United Shaped Campaign Finance Law
Midterm Elections: 1966 Midterms Signal a Realignment, Shaping Today’s Parties
Midterm Elections: How 1994 Midterms Set Off an Era of Divisive Politics
Campaigns and Elections: The 2000 Election
Political Debates and the Kennedy-Nixon Debate
2004 Democratic Convention: The Importance of the Keynote Speech
The Birth of Party Conventions: the Anti-Masonic Party (1831)
Exploring the Impact of Campaign Ads
Suffrage for Black Women
Political Parties & Conventions Collection
You might also find these videos, currently without lesson plans, to be of interest.