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Teaching About Redistricting & Gerrymandering

The 11-minute video and accompanying lesson plans explore the ways reapportionment, redistricting and gerrymandering affect how and by whom the people are represented. In addition, you’ll find other Retro Reports that focus on various aspects of voting. Gerrymandering Tilts Political Power. Here’s How Redistricting Affects Democracy. Every decade, states engage in redistricting – the redrawing […]

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Interactive Timeline: The Public Debate Over Torture

Following the 9/11 attacks, the United States government launched a “war on terror.” A highly controversial aspect of this campaign was the use of so-called enhanced interrogation techniques to obtain information from detainees, which critics argued was torture. This interactive timeline chronicles pivotal moments in the public’s understanding of the debate over those actions as […]

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Remembrance of a Massacre: El Mozote

Across four days in December 1981, during El Salvador’s long civil war, American-trained and -equipped soldiers slaughtered nearly 1,000 civilians in and near El Mozote, a village in the country’s northeast. It was the largest massacre in recent Latin American history. Among the victims were hundreds of children. Raymond Bonner, then a New York Timescorrespondent, and […]

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Midterm Elections Collection

Presented with our partners at New Hampshire Public Radio’s Civics 101 podcast, this collection features two new films, podcast episodes and lessons that focus on historical and contemporary midterm elections. Midterm Elections: 1966 Midterms Signal a Realignment, Shaping Today’s Parties Southern voters, once loyal to the Democratic Party, elected Republican candidates in 1966 as the […]

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Teaching About Immigration and Migration

Immigration and migration are consistent themes throughout U.S. History, and debates about immigration policy have long dominated the political landscape. This collection explores immigration and migration issues at particular points in the recent history of the United States. How the U.S. Has Treated Wartime Refugees What obligation countries have to refugees fleeing war, destruction and […]

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Cold War in Latin America

The Cold War was an ideological, and sometimes military, struggle between the United States and the Soviet Union. By the 1950s, these tensions were seen in Latin America, and revolutions, coups, and uprisings became commonplace throughout most of the latter half of the twentieth century. Putin’s Nuclear Threats Evoke Cold War Tensions of the Cuban […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Collection

This collection helps students explore constitutional questions around the First Amendment, the equal protection clause and affirmative action, with a focus on the intersection of history and current debates. Why Supreme Court Confirmations Have Become So Bitter Supreme Court nominations have changed since the defeat of Robert Bork. President Biden hoped for bipartisan support for […]