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Standards Index: D2.His.1.9-12.
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Evaluate how historical events and developments were shaped by unique circumstances of time and place as well as broader historical contexts.
Holocaust Survivors Fleeing Ukraine Find New Home in Germany
Students will examine the history of the Holocaust in Ukraine, and compare and contrast the current crisis in Ukraine.
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.
The Birth of the Environmental Movement: DDT and Rachel Carson
Students will learn how the U.S. government came to develop environmental protection policies and what that means today as we struggle to balance the risk between pesticides and disease.
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.
1924 Democratic Convention: Tension Over Immigration
Students will learn how the 1924 Democratic National Convention became a raucous battleground over the influence of the Ku Klux Klan.
Sanctuary Cities: An Uproar That Began Long Ago - Mini Lesson
Students will learn about how as deportations of unauthorized immigrants rose under President Donald Trump, some churches and cities declared themselves sanctuaries and shielded migrants from immigration enforcement.
From Women's Suffrage to the ERA
Students will examine the history of the Equal Rights Amendment, develop a claim, and use evidence gathered from a variety of sources to support their answer.
How the U.S. Has Treated Wartime Refugees
Students will examine the question of what obligation countries have to refugees. As Afghan and Ukrainian migrants settle in the U.S., this video asks whether refugee resettlement is better now than it was for the Vietnamese 50 years ago.
1968 Democratic National Convention: The Mess in Chicago
Students will learn how internal tensions over Vietnam and the cultural changes of the 1960s led to violence and chaos at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
McCarthyism: Populism and the Press
Students will learn how Joseph McCarthy rode to power on a wave of anti-communist fears, and how television contributed to both his rise and fall.
How a Folk Singer’s Murder Forced Chile to Confront Its Past – Mini Lesson
Students will connect the events of the 1973 U.S.-backed Chilean military coup to the Cold War by focusing on the killing of folk singer and activist Victor Jara.
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.
Exploring the Impact of Campaign Ads
Students will learn how famous campaign ads like the “Daisy,” “Morning in America” and “Willie Horton,” changed how political advertisements were made, and in doing so changed the course of history.
1964 Republican Convention: Chaos & Conservatism
Students will learn how Senator Barry Goldwater’s nomination in 1964 led to a disastrous Republican convention and a Democratic landslide in November, but not without giving birth to the conservative movement that has come to dominate today’s Republican Party.
The Cold War in Latin America: Massacre in El Salvador
Students will learn about the Cold War in Latin America, with a focus on the El Mozote massacre in El Salvador.
Unprepared: Lessons From Two Massive Oil Spills
Students will learn about the Exxon Valdez and BP Deepwater Horizon oil spills, as well as examining the long-term effects on ecosystems and coastal communities.
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.
Dictators and Civil Wars: The Cold War in Latin America
Students will learn how driven by fears of the rise of Communism, the United States adopted a policy of containment, intervening in the politics of countries across the globe, including many countries in Latin America.
Students will learn about housing insecurity during the Covid-19 pandemic and how eviction outcomes often came down to what county, or even city, a tenant lived in.
Immigration in the 1990s: Proposition 187
Students will learn about the anti-immigration movement in California in the 1990s, and why it is relevant today.