Judgment, Memory & Legacy

The fourth step of the Facing History Scope and Sequence examines what happens after genocide, mass murder, or other terrible and divisive historical events. During this step, students examine complicated questions: Who is responsible, and how can they be held accountable? Is justice possible? Can a society torn apart by war and genocide find healing and reconciliation? But the questions extend beyond the immediate aftermath of mass violence and reach into our lives today: What have we learned from this history? How should it be remembered? Can we prevent genocide, mass murder, and other atrocities from occurring again?

The resources on this page explore some of those legacies, and they help students consider what it means not just to learn about this history but also to remember it and acknowledge how it influences our lives today.

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