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Facing History's resources will help you meet the following MA state standards:
Topic 2: Modernity in the United States: Ideologies and Economies
- Teaching Idea: The Legacies of Chinese Exclusion
Explores why the anti-immigration law of 1882 matters today and how Chinese exclusion shaped enduring attitudes about difference, citizenship, and American identity.
- Core Case Study: Race and Membership in American History: The Eugenics Movement
Focuses on how people used eugenics to justify their prejudices and advocate for programs aimed at solving problems by ridding society of “inferior racial traits.”
- Study Guide: Teaching Mockingbird
Includes first-hand accounts of African American men and women.
- Video: The Origins of Lynching Culture in the US
Dr. Paula Giddings from Smith College discusses the history and origins of lynching.
- Video: Understanding Jim Crow
Dr. David Cunningham from Brandeis University explores systems of racial separation and institutionalized segregation known as Jim Crow.
Topic 3: Defending Democracy: Responses to Fascism and Communism
- Video: Americans and the Holocaust
Explores the motives, pressures and fears that shaped Americans’ responses to Nazism and the humanitarian refugee crisis it provoked.
- Teaching Idea: Bearing Witness to Japanese American Incarceration
Probes some of the complex issues arising from the history of Japanese incarceration during World War II.
- Unit: The Nanjing Atrocities: Crimes of War
Examines the war crimes perpetrated by Japanese troops in the Chinese city of Nanjing during World War II.
- Memoir Study Guide: Teaching Farewell to Manzanar
Supports the teaching of Jeanne Wakatsuki’s memoir about the forced relocation of Japanese Americans.
Topic 4: Defending Democracy: The Cold War and Civil Rights at Home
- Core Case Study: Civil Rights Historical Investigations
Traces the development of the US civil rights movement from the 1950s to the 1970s through three of the movement's major events.
- Unit: Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Movement 1954-1985
Explores important lessons about the power of ordinary citizens to shape democracy. Includes 14-part series, study guide, and lessons.
- Study Guide: Freedom Riders
Documents the experience of the Freedom Riders, who worked to dismantle the structures of discrimination through nonviolence.
- Unit: Memphis 1968
Examines the visions and strategies of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and Stokely Carmichael and ask students how they can create a more just world.