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Kelly, Kerry C. – 2000
Paul Robeson was an athlete-scholar-concert artist-actor who was also an activist for civil and human rights. The son of a former slave, he was born and raised during segregation, lynching, and open racism. Robeson was one of the top performers of his time, earning more money than many white entertainers. His travels overseas opened his awareness…
Descriptors: Activism, Black Leadership, Case Studies, Citizenship
Clark, Linda Darus – 2000
During the Vietnam War, the U.S. military gave the press unprecedented freedom of access to combat zones. This allowed newspaper reporters, photographers, and television crews to document a war involving U.S. sons and daughters on the other side of the world. This willingness to allow war documentation also was extended to the military's own…
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Documentation, Foreign Countries, Government Role
Simmons, Linda – 2000
In 1964, Congress passed Public Law 82-352. This civil rights act forbade hiring, promoting, and firing discrimination based on sex or race. Title VII of the act created the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to implement the law. Subsequent legislation expanded the role of the EEOC. Today, the EEOC enforces laws that prohibit…
Descriptors: Affirmative Action, Civil Rights, Civil Rights Legislation, Government Role
Handy, Harold G. – 2000
This lesson focuses on the post-Reconstruction South and the social practices based on race and skin color that hindered the South's growth as a region and relegated many people to the status of second-class citizens, in spite of the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments. The lesson provides historical background and outlines a task for students to…
Descriptors: Citizenship, Civil Rights, Class Activities, Classroom Techniques
Ackerman, James S. – 2000
Teachers have a professional/ethical obligation to teach their subject in as balanced a way as possible so that students will not come away with a biased slant that, in their eyes, has been validated by the school system. The teaching of social studies, especially history, would be impoverished if matters of religious beliefs and influences were…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Ethics, Public Schools
Gittings, Tom; Goldsmith, Ken – 2000
From the earliest times when commodities such as tobacco and beaver pelts were used as money, to the present when credit and debit cards are commonplace, money has played a central role in the U.S. experience. This booklet provides an historical overview of the concept of money as it has evolved in the United States. The booklet is divided into…
Descriptors: Consumer Education, Economics Education, Government Role, Monetary Systems
Administrative Office of the United States Courts, Washington, DC. – 2000
Though the framers of the United States Constitution recognized the value of an independent judicial system, they knew that to provide justice the courts must have some accountability to the government. They knew that the system must be transparent to the public. Though the basic framework of checks and balances in the U.S. Constitution clearly…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Civil Liberties, Court Litigation, Federal Courts
Administrative Office of the United States Courts, Washington, DC. – 2000
The O. J. Simpson trials taught much of the United States a basic lesson in the difference between criminal law and civil law. Many students learn in their government classes that a person cannot be tried twice for the same crime. A person found innocent in a criminal trial, however, can be sued under civil law procedures for damages. It is…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Civil Law, Civil Liberties, Court Litigation
Administrative Office of the United States Courts, Washington, DC. – 2000
Every year the Supreme Court hears dozens of cases related to key constitutional issues. These cases can be used to teach enduring concepts in government and law. With this lesson plan, students learn about important concepts in Fourth Amendment law and stage a mock Supreme Court oral argument in small groups on a case decided in the 1999-2000…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Civil Liberties, Court Litigation, Federal Courts
Administrative Office of the United States Courts, Washington, DC. – 2000
One of the most important ways that individual citizens become involved in the federal judicial process is by serving on a jury. Jury service is one of the few legal responsibilities citizens in the United States have to their government. Though some people complain about the imposition of serving on a jury, many find that their service gives them…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Civil Liberties, Court Litigation, Federal Courts
Administrative Office of the United States Courts, Washington, DC. – 2000
It is widely believed that the judiciary can maintain the rule of law and guarantee fundamental rights only if it is independent from political and other pressures. Most countries have provisions in their constitutions guaranteeing an independent judiciary. Usually, this independence has two faces: institutional measures that separate the…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Civil Liberties, Comparative Analysis, Court Litigation
Soule, Suzanne – 2000
The "We the People...The Citizen and the Constitution" program is an instructional program on the history and principles of U.S. constitutional democracy for elementary, middle school, and high school students. At the high school level, classes may choose to enter a formal competition, advancing from congressional district and state…
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizenship Education, Comparative Analysis, Competition
Parrini, Michelle – 2000
This resource guide is intended to help teachers lead their students through an exploration of the issues and story of "After Chicago v. Morales." The guide explains that in 1992 the city of Chicago (Illinois) passed an ordinance authorizing the police to arrest people in a group if they failed to move along or were thought to belong to…
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Law Related Education, Secondary Education, Social Studies
Raskin, Jamin B. – 2000
This casebook intends to show young people that their rights, their way of life, and indeed sometimes their very life, can depend on one remarkable document, the Constitution of the United States. The casebook is about the United States Constitution and how the Supreme Court and lower courts have interpreted it to govern the lives of U.S. public…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Court Litigation, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education
Dixon, Douglas A.; Larkins, A. Guy – 2000
Citizenship education is a major purpose of schools. What this entails, however, is highly disputable. Recently scholars have suggested that schools should teach and model citizenship values and principles that emphasize freedom of expression, the exclusion of religion from public spheres, and equal protection. These scholars support their…
Descriptors: Citizenship, Citizenship Education, Democracy, Elementary Secondary Education
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