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Facing History's resources will help you meet the following MA state standards:
Topic 4: The Great Wars 1914-1945
- Unit: Crimes Against Humanity and Civilization: The Genocide of the Armenians
Focuses on the Armenian Genocide during World War I and its many legacies, including Turkish denial.
- 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.
- Unit: Teaching Holocaust and Human Behavior
Leads students through an examination of the catastrophic period when Nazi Germany murdered six million Jews and millions of other civilians, in the midst of WWII.
- Unit: Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Examines the context in which the UDHR was drafted, including the debates and dilemmas faced by Eleanor Roosevelt and others, and considers its legacies and lasting impact.
Topic 5: The Cold War Era 1945-1991
- Digital Book: Confronting Apartheid
Digital book examines the complicated history and lasting legacy of apartheid in South Africa.
- Study Guide: Teaching Red Scarf Girl
Explores themes of conformity, obedience, and prejudice through Ji-li Jiang’s memoir set during the Cultural Revolution in China.
Topic 7: The Politics of Difference: Conflicts, Genocide, and Terrorism
- Video: Everyone Has a Story
Arn Chorn-Pond tells his story as a refugee from the Cambodian Genocide.
- Individual Lesson: The Roots and Impact of Antisemitism
Looks at how anti-Judaism developed into antisemitism in the 19th century and considers the present-day implications of longstanding patterns of discrimination and violence against Jews.
- Individual Lesson: The Persistence of Hate
Presents a case study of the persistence of antisemitism in the contemporary United States.
- Individual Lesson: Responding to the Rohingya Crisis
Places this ongoing crisis in historical context, with footage from a refugee camp and survivor testimony.
- Reading with Connection Questions: Why Don't People Act/Save the Darfur Puppy
Reporter Nicholas Kristof explains how he applied his knowledge of the psychology of compassion when writing about the genocide in Darfur.