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Hussey, Michael – Social Education, 2014
America's founding documents--the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights--are icons of human liberty. But the ideals enshrined in those documents did not initially apply to all Americans. They were, in the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., "a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir."…
Descriptors: Archives, Exhibits, Freedom, Civil Rights
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Potter, Lee Ann; Eder, Elizabeth K.; Hussey, Michael – Social Education, 2012
Medical doctor and geologist Dr. Ferdinand Vandiveer Hayden selected more than 30 scientists, technical personnel, and artists, including photographer William Henry Jackson and painter Thomas Moran, to join the survey of the Yellowstone region in northwest Wyoming territory. Thomas Moran was an accomplished artist when he joined the survey to…
Descriptors: Primary Sources, Letters (Correspondence), Artists, Painting (Visual Arts)
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Potter, Lee Ann; Eder, Elizabeth K.; Hussey, Michael – Social Education, 2011
On 1860, Prince Albert Edward took a daylong excursion aboard the 270-foot revenue cutter USS "Harriet Lane" to Mount Vernon, the ancestral home of George Washington. The ceremonial visit to Mount Vernon was thought of at the time as not only a tribute to Washington as a man and leader, but as symbolic of reconciliation between England and its…
Descriptors: United States History, Primary Sources, Painting (Visual Arts), Art Products
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Hussey, Michael; Greenhut, Stephanie – Social Education, 2011
This article features two documents which can serve as a starting point for a lesson on public service while students debate the amount of pay that public servants should receive. These are: (1) the printed draft of the Constitution showing George Washington's handwritten corrections that eliminated state payments and included the phrase "to be…
Descriptors: Public Service, Compensation (Remuneration), Constitutional Law, United States History
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Hussey, Michael – Social Education, 2011
On January 3, 1909, Emily Hamilton and Louis Overstreet wrote to President Theodore Roosevelt begging his "leave to work under your Committee for the relief of the sufferers of Italy." The two were engaged and were willing to rush their marriage plans if the president needed them. Their letter was prompted by the powerful earthquake that…
Descriptors: Natural Disasters, Foreign Countries, Presidents, Emergency Programs
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Hussey, Michael; Eder, Elizabeth K. – Social Education, 2010
"Mr. President, It is my Desire to be free," wrote Annie Davis to Abraham Lincoln, 20 months after he issued the Emancipation Proclamation. The Emancipation Proclamation affected only those parts of the country that were in rebellion against the United States on the date it was issued, January 1, 1863. The slaveholding border states of…
Descriptors: United States History, Slavery, Letters (Correspondence), Presidents