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The Poetry of Chinese Immigration

In this activity students read poems written by Chinese immigrants to understand the hopes of and challenges faced by Chinese immigrants during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Then students write an original poem about the Chinese [...]

The Poetry of Chinese Immigration worksheet

This worksheet helps student analyze poems by Chinese immigrants.

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Chinatown Walking Tour worksheet

This worksheet helps students analyze documents and plan a walking tour of San Francisco's Chinatown. This activity goes with the teaching activity "Create a Walking Tour of Chinatown." The worksheet should be copied front and back and folded in [...]

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Reagan Administration Officials Debate How to Support the Contras

Democrats in Congress strongly disagreed with Reagan's support of the rightwing Contras in Nicaragua. To prevent further U.S. intervention in Nicaragua, they passed the Boland Amendments that outlawed federal spending on the conflict. Reagan and [...]

The C.I.A. Advises Nicaraguans How to Sabotage the Sandinista Government

The C.I.A. airdropped thousands of these 15-page illustrated manuals telling "Nicaraguans who love their country and cherish freedom" how they could sabotage the Sandinista-led government. The leftist Sandinistas had overthrown a military [...]

"Big Strong President Reagan" Encourages Sale of Weapons to Iran

The first attempt to sell weapons to Iran through Israeli middlemen failed. Reagan then convened a group of advisors, including Secretary of State George Shultz and Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger. Both Shultz and Weinberger, as well as [...]

Decoding U.S. Foreign Policy: The Iran-Contra Affair

In this activity students analyze a timeline and official and unofficial documents that reveal the events of the Iran-Contra Affair. This activity also models the types of questions that can help students analyze foreign policy documents from other [...]

Timeline of the Iran-Contra Affair

The events leading to the Reagan administration’s illegal deals to sell weapons to Iran in order to fund the Contras in Nicaragua unfolded over several years. The Contras were a paramilitary group fighting against the fairly elected leftist [...]

Decoding Iran-Contra worksheet

This worksheet helps students analyze primary source documents from the Iran-Contra Affair. It is designed for the activity "Decoding U.S. Foreign Policy: The Iran-Contra Affair." For the activity, students will need two copies of the worksheet.

Booker T. Washington Recommends that African Americans "Cast Down Their Buckets"

In 1895, Booker T. Washington gave what later came to be known as the Atlanta Compromise speech before the Cotton States and International Exposition in Atlanta. His address was one of the most important and influential speeches in American history, [...]

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