Teach students about the Chinese Exclusions Act, an immigration law passed in 1882, and its lasting impact on attitudes toward citizenship and national identity in the United States today.
In 1790, before the adoption of the First Amendment to the Constitution, President George Washington visited Newport, Rhode Island. Moses Seixas, an official of the Hebrew congregation of Newport, was among the representatives of the Newport community invited to welcome the President by reading a letter. This letter expressed hope that the newly formed government would accord respect and tolerance to all of its citizens, regardless of background and religious beliefs. Moved by Seixas’ letter, Washington penned a declarative and assertive reply in which he promised the new government would ensure not just tolerance, but full liberty of conscience to all.
Justice is complicated; it operates on many levels. In the home, parents often create their own system to punish inappropriate behavior and restore fairness and peace to the household.
More than 60 years after Brown v. Board of Education, give students an overview of the problem of school segregation in the United States today and open a discussion about possible solutions.
The Rome Statute went into effect on July 1st 2002, thus beginning the process of establishing the International Criminal Court (ICC).
The links on this page are suggested for teachers who would like to gain additional insight on sensitive topics that are relevant to the Reconstruction era. These links are referenced within The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy unit.
The teaching strategies on this page are referenced within The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy unit.
Facing History has produced the video series available on this website to serve as an introduction for learning and teaching about the Reconstruction era of American history. Featuring interviews with scholars of the Reconstruction era, these 7 videos can be used independently but are best watched in sequence as they offer a narrative history of the Reconstruction.
Below are five video clips corresponding to the rescuers featured in this guide - Hiram Bingham IV, Georg Ferdinand Duckwitz, Chiune Sugihara, Selahattin Ülkümen, and Raoul Wallenberg. All video clips are courtesy of Michael King Productions, LLC.