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Exploring Constitutional Law

Exploring Constitutional Law
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Making of America aking of America (MoA) is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. The collection currently contains approximately 10,000 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints. New Additions: We have recently added a new feature, subject browsing. 99 more volumes focusing on New York City were added to MoA in June 2007. Search Results - Search Results civil liberties - The Learning Network Blog Todd Heisler/The New York TimesThe Obama administration issued talking points for commemorations of the 9/11 attacks at home and around the world.Go to related article » Sept. 8, 2011 | Updated Since this post first went up, more teachers have written – and, the case of a former colleague, called – in to share more ideas. They have been added below. As teachers are making plans for the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, many are concerned about how to make it meaningful because, they note, today’s K-12 and college students very likely have only dim memories, if that, of the events of that day. But today’s students did not experience other crucibles in our nation’s and world’s history: slavery, the Holocaust, the Vietnam War. And if you are still feeling reluctant, consider the comment from a student named Rachel on a guest post about why 9/11 should be taught: Here are the suggestions they shared. Index A Brief History of Jim Crow “I can ride in first-class cars on the railroads and in the streets,” wrote journalist T. McCants Stewart. “I can stop in and drink a glass of soda and be more politely waited upon than in some parts of New England.” Perhaps Stewart’s comments don’t seem newsworthy. Stewart had decided to tour the South because he feared for freedmen’s liberties. After a few weeks on the road, Stewart decided they would. Stewart was wrong. “Jim Crow” was a derisive slang term for a black man. In 1890, in spite of its 16 black members, the Louisiana General Assembly passed a law to prevent black and white people from riding together on railroads. Two years later, the court seemed to seal the fate of black Americans when it upheld a Mississippi law designed to deny black men the vote. Jim Crow laws touched every part of life. In Richmond, one could not live on a street unless most of the residents were people one could marry. More than 360,000 black men served in World War I. For Discussion and Writing

The Historical Marker Database Winners and losers at the Supreme Court this week | Texas on the Potomac The scene outside the Supreme Court Francis Rivera / The Houston Chronicle healthcare-scotus_fr01 Advocates for an expansion of Medicare demonstrate silently as opponents of the Affordable Care Act and self-described Tea Party supporters chant "repeal and replace" behind them. It is often said, but it is rarely true. This was truly a historic week at the Supreme Court, with landmark decisions on health care and immigration, and important actions on campaign finance and free speech. President Barack Obama signs his health-care bill into law in March of 2010 (AP Photo) 1. No politician had more at stake this week than Barack Obama, and no politician was as big a winner. Nancy Pelosi after the Supreme Court upholds the Democratic health-care law. 2. Ah, revenge is sweet. How happy was she? Pelosi to Rep. Miller: “You bet your ass.” Pelosi: “I did.” Chief Justice John Roberts (Official photo) 3. At least for a week, John Roberts is a hero of the left. 4. Roger Clemens (Getty Images) 5. 1. 2. 3. 4.

Digital History Educational Resources | United States Courts Main content Get informed. Get involved. Educational Activities Work with federal judges in their courtrooms or team up with students in classrooms to apply Supreme Court precedents to realistic, teen situations. Supreme Court Landmarks Participate in interactive landmark Supreme Court cases that have shaped history and have an impact on law-abiding citizens today. Annual Observances Throughout the year, federal courts open their doors to provide experiential learning, mark legal milestones, and celebrate heritage months with ready-to-use activities and multi-media resources. About Educational Outreach Trust resources and activities that meet best practices and academic standards. American Dynasties The Adarand Case - Constitutional Rights Foundation The Adarand Case: Affirmative Action and Equal Protection In 1989, the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded a contract for a Colorado highway construction project to Mountain Gravel & Construction Company. Adarand Constructors filed a lawsuit against the Department of Transportation. Does affirmative action violate the 14th Amendment's requirement of equal protection? How Did Affirmative Action Begin? The United States was a highly segregated society until the 1950s. The drive for equality took hold in the 1950s. By the 1960s, the civil rights movement was pressing Congress to do something about racial discrimination in employment. Shortly after the assassination of President Kennedy, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Despite Title VII, equal opportunity in employment for African Americans did not improve. By 1969, some lawmakers were arguing that anti-discrimination laws like Title VII were not enough to end the inequality in American society. In Fullilove v.

And The Time To Resist Is Now. Raising Our Voices A True Narrative of the Rise, Progresse, and Cessation of the Late Rebellion in Virginia, Most Humbly and Impartially Reported by His Majestyes Commissioners Appointed to Enquire into the Affaires of the Said Colony (1677) Proclamation of the New Hampshire Legislature on the Mast Tree Riot (1734) Letter Written by William Shirley to the Lords of Trade about the Knowles Riot (1747) Thomas Hutchinson Recounts the Reaction to the Stamp Act in Boston (1765) Samuel Drowne's Testimony on the Boston Massacre (1770) George Hewes Recalls the Boston Tea Party (1834) Joseph Clarke's Letter about the Rebellion in Springfield (1774) New York Mechanics Declaration of Independence (1776) Common Sense by Thomas Paine (1776) A Narrative of Some of the Adventures, Dangers and Sufferings of a Revolutionary Soldier by Joseph Plumb Martin (1830) Letter to George Washington by Henry Knox (1786) Letter to Jefferson by Benjamin Banneker (1791) An Eyewitness Account of the Flour Riot in New York (1837)

Alexander Street | Publisher of streaming video, audio, and text library databases in music, counseling, history, business, and more Teaching with Historic Places--a Program of the National Park Service NEW! Arthurdale: A New Deal Community Experiment Explore Arthurdale, West Virginia, and discover a town founded during the Great Depression when First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt championed subsistence homestead communities for struggling Americans across the country. In this lesson, learn about the impoverished Appalachian mining town that Arthurdale's homesteaders left and the Progressive-era theories about communal work, school, and rural life they tested at their new home. Meet 21st Century State Standards with TwHP Teaching with Historic Places lesson plans, based on the inquiry method, provide teachers with materials and question sets that encourage analytical thinking. This makes them a great choice for classrooms where students need to meet Common Core state standards and social studies standards based on the College, Career & Civic Life Framework. Preserve America Find TwHP lessons featuring historic sites in Preserve America Communities.