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Standards Index: D2.Civ.8.9-12.
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Evaluate social and political systems in different contexts, times, and places, that promote civic virtues and enact democratic principles.
Why the Supreme Court Endorsed, Then Limited Affirmative Action
Students will examine contemporary and historical Supreme Court cases dealing with affirmative action.
The Battle for Votes: Gerrymandering
Students will learn the causes and effects of gerrymandering, and how court decisions authorizing race-based gerrymandering have reshaped American politics and created complex legacies.
Midterm Elections: 1966 Midterms Signal a Realignment, Shaping Today’s Parties
Students will learn how Southern voters, once loyal to the Democratic Party, elected Republican candidates in 1966 as the two parties began to sort themselves into distinctly partisan camps.
Whites-Only Suburbs: How the New Deal Shut Out Black Homebuyers
Students will learn how race-based federal lending rules from New Deal programs in the 1930s kept Black families locked out of suburban neighborhoods, a policy that continues to slow their economic mobility.
‘No’ on Impeachment Unites Today's GOP. In the 1950s, a Renegade Dared to Break Ranks – Mini Lesson
Students will learn about how Margaret Chase Smith broke ranks with her fellow Republicans in condemning McCarthyism, and also evaluate the potential consequences of politicians who choose not to align with their affiliated party.
Labor Union Activism: Advocating for Worker Rights
Students compare and contrast the rise of union membership in the 1930s with the union movement of the early 2020s
Students will learn about a little-known story of the civil rights movement told using excerpts from “American Reckoning," a Retro Report and PBS Frontline collaboration.
Transgender Rights, Won Over Decades, Face New Restrictions
Students will learn about historical and contemporary demands for equality by transgender people.
Poll Watchers and the Long History of Voter Intimidation
Students will examine primary and secondary sources related to voter intimidation to determine how integrity of elections can be ensured.
Extremism in America
Students will explore the seeds of the extremist ideologies that continue to be influential today and the government’s failed attempts to stop the broader white supremacist movement.