Topic: U.S. History

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Thomas Jefferson

Why is Thomas Jefferson famous today? What are some important things he did in his lifetime?
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Timely Matter

Was the news spread throughout the Thirteen Colonies in a timely matter, and what implications might that have to the American Revolution?
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TJ and the Separation of Church and State.

Is the separation of church and state necessary in America?
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Tobacco? Trade? Tea? Taxes? What caused the American Revolution?

What are the most important long-term, intermediate, and short-term factors that caused the American Revolution?
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Toms’s Better: Lewis and Clark: Explorers or Conquerors?

When Jefferson purchased the Louisiana territory from France, he commissioned Lewis and Clark to explore the new territory. What was the purpose behind this mission? Were they sent...
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Two Worlds, Two Wordles

The Declaration of Independence outlines a series of grievances leveled against the King of England by the American colonists. However, many other documents prior to the Declaration also...
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Using Epistolary Forms as Historical/Social Context in Understanding Seminal Texts: Thomas Jefferson’s Letters from Paris, France as a Preclude to Charles Dicken’s, Tale of Two Cities.

This is a Lesson that is part of a six part Unit that serves as the precursor to reading Charles Dickens’ seminal text on social commentary, A Tale...
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Visualizing Self-Governance

What did the Founding Fathers think was necessary in order to maintain self-governance? Create a digital collage that explains what is necessary for self-government.
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Where Did Our Rights Come From?

Search through the British Bill of Rights, the Magna Carta, and the Statute for Religious Freedom and find where the ideas of the U.S. Bill of Rights come...
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Who Can Participate?

How were immigrants limited in their participation in American democracy and society in the 19th and 20th centuries?