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Perry, Douglas – 2001
In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson guided a piece of foreign diplomacy through the U.S. Senate, the purchase of Louisiana territory from France. Jefferson chose Meriwether Lewis, his personal secretary, who possessed frontiersman skills to explore the territory. Lewis, in turn, solicited the help of William Clark, whose abilities as a draftsman…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Federal Government, Government Role, Land Settlement
Perry, Douglas – 2001
Many historians call the Civil War the central event in U.S. history. The formation of the U.S. Constitution corrected the autonomy of individual states that the Articles of Confederation did not harness. The young country struggled for 75 years to find a graceful balance between the power of the federal government and that of the states. The…
Descriptors: Civil War (United States), Government Role, Photographs, Photography
Schur, Joan Brodsky – 2001
In 1876 Americans held a Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) to celebrate the nation's birth 100 years earlier. Machinery Hall drew the most admiration and wonder. Alexander Graham Bell exhibited the first telephone, and Thomas Alva Edison presented the automatic telegraph, one of more than 1,000 inventions he would patent in his…
Descriptors: Government Role, Industrialization, Inventions, Patents
Clark, Linda Darus – 2001
When Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected U.S. President in 1932, it was with the promise to restore U.S. confidence and to bring the country out of the Great Depression. After his election, Roosevelt formulated his New Deal policies to bring about relief from economic hardships. He created the National Recovery Administration (NRA) which had two…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Presidents of the United States, Primary Sources, Secondary Education
Drake, Sarah E.; Vontz, Thomas S. – 2001
This digest highlights the Constitutional and statutory foundations of the United States Supreme Court, discusses the changing role of the Supreme Court, and recommends online resources helpful in teaching and learning about the United States Supreme Court. The digest addresses general concerns of delegates at the Constitutional Convention,…
Descriptors: Constitutional Law, Court Role, Elementary Secondary Education, Law Related Education
Vontz, Thomas S.; Drake, Sarah E. – 2001
This digest addresses teaching about the U.S. Congress. The digest addresses the constitutional foundations of the U.S. Congress, including the Virginia Plan, the New Jersey Plan, representation, bicameralism, and the balance of power between state and federal government and among the executive, judicial, and legislative branches of the federal…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Constitutional History, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Government
Zachlod, Michelle, Ed. – 2001
California State Standard 5.7 is delineated in the following manner: "Students describe the people and events associated with the development of the U.S. Constitution and analyze the Constitution's significance as the foundation of the American republic." Students answer six questions about the Constitution and present suggestions for…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Citizenship Education, Curriculum Enrichment, Grade 5
Carlson, Don M. – 2001
This activity for students in grade 12 aims to increase their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and its fundamental ideas: checks and balances, separation of powers, Bill of Rights, and the amendments. Students judge the constitutional powers of each brand of government by participating in the power game. The activity explains how the game is…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Democracy, Educational Games, Federal Government
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Hebert, J. Gerald; Williams, John Bryan – Insights on Law & Society, 2001
Focuses on the issue of redistricting in the United States with the release of the 2000 census. Discusses the redistricting principles that states must follow: (1) population equality specifically for the congressional and legislative districts; (2) the Voting Rights Act with a focus on Sections 5 and 2; and (3) racial gerrymandering. (CMK)
Descriptors: Civics, Government Role, Laws, Politics
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Insights on Law & Society, 2001
Focuses on important issues surrounding the opening clauses of the First Amendment on the establishment of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of religion. Includes articles: "Established Churches in Colonial Times,""Establishment Clause: Here's How to Understand it!", "Religious Freedom and Today's Religious…
Descriptors: Constitutional Law, Educational Strategies, Educational Vouchers, Freedom of Speech
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Williams, Charles F. – Insights on Law & Society, 2001
Discusses U.S. Supreme Court cases during the 2000-01 term. Focuses on federalism, such as the case Solid Waste Agency v. Army Corps of Engineers, No. 99-1178, and cases related to the U.S. Bill of Rights First Amendment, such as United States and Department of Agriculture v. United Foods, Inc., No. 00-276. (CMK)
Descriptors: Advertising, Civics, Constitutional Law, Court Litigation
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Lewis, Wendy Bay; Williams, Charles F. – Insights on Law & Society, 2001
Focuses on the U.S. Bill of Rights Fourth Amendment discussing what it means related to current technological advances, such as automobiles and computers. Provides information on court cases relevant to the Fourth Amendment, such as Atwater v. City of Lago Vista and City of Indianapolis v. Edmond. Lists ideas for learning activities. (CMK)
Descriptors: Civics, Constitutional Law, Court Litigation, Educational Strategies
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Pullin, Diana – Journal of Law and Education, 2001
Authors discuss several key legal issues involving the testing and licensing of teachers to improve educational quality. Primary focus is on federal constitutional and statutory issues in testing those who belong to different racial/ethnic, gender, age, language, and disability groups. Addresses legal implications of new testing requirements in…
Descriptors: Age Discrimination, Court Litigation, Disability Discrimination, Educational Change
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Lawlor, John M., Jr. – 2001
The cases of Henry Garnett and Moses Honner bookend the 1850s, a decade of intensifying political crisis that was deeply connected to the institution of slavery. In both court actions, which were tried in the Third Circuit Court, Eastern District, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the defendants were charged with being "fugitives from labor."…
Descriptors: Civil War (United States), Comparative Analysis, Court Litigation, Federal Government
Schur, Joan Brodsky – 2000
In April 1917, President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to declare war on Germany. Under the powers granted to it by the U.S. Constitution, Congress passed the Selective Service Act of 1917. Among the first regiments to arrive in France, and among the most highly decorated when it returned, was the 369th Infantry, more gallantly known as the…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Armed Forces, Blacks, Government Role
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