Topic: US History II

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Current Event June 21, 2015

Misrepresenting Race

Race US History II Civil RIghts Ethics

The NAACP is a national civil rights organization that represents and works to serve the African American community. It was recently discovered that an NAACP leader from Spokane Washington lied and misrepresented her race. Rachel Dolezal was born to two white parents but identifies as black and has falsely claimed African American and Native American heritage. This falsehood had prompted a larger conversation about about racial boundaries and how they are observed.

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Current Event May 13, 2015

The Great Migration in Art

Race US History II Immigration

The Great Migration was a period of African American migration from the Jim Crow South to the North from 1915 to the 1970s. People left their rural southern lives behind in the hope that there would be more opportunity and equality in northern cities like New York City, Chicago and Detroit. Artist Jacob Lawrence was raised in New York City but he was the child of two Southern migrants. Lawrence saw the Great Migration first hand and vividly painted the stages of migration, from boarding trains to finding racism in the North. Listen to learn more about this period in history and how it is represented in art and music from the era.

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Current Event May 6, 2015

The Last Americans Out of Saigon

Civics/Government US History II World History II

Forty years ago the Vietnam War came to an end. The Paris Peace Accords led to the withdrawal of American troops from South Vietnam, allowing the communist forces of the north, led by Prime Minister Ho Chi Minh, to retake South Vietnam and reunify the country. The final days of American occupation of South Vietnam was particularly tense in the South’s largest city, then known as Saigon. As troops left they also engaged in a huge evacuation effort, extracting American civilians and some South Vietnamese. Listen to learn more about these tense last days from Marines who were there.

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Steinbeck and ‘The Grapes of Wrath’

US History II Literature American Literature Great Depression

American author John Steinbeck published his epic novel “The Grapes of Wrath” in 1939, but his journey writing the novel was much longer. The novel tells the story of Oklahoma migrants fleeing the Dust Bowl for work in California’s migrant worker camps. Steinbeck did months of research and spent much of mid-to-late 1930s with migrants in camps for a series of articles in the San Francisco News. As a result, “The Grapes of Wrath” spoke to the working class during the Depression era, and continues to resonate today with its themes of struggle, redemption, greed and goodness. Listen to learn more about this great American novel.

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Current Event April 2, 2015

Love Computers? Thank These Women

US History II Gender Technology

In the modern tech industry, computer programmers are predominantly male. The industry has even been accused of sexism and hostility towards female programmers. But you might be surprised to learn that it was women who made the breakthroughs that paved the way for modern programming. These women, though, didn’t get the credit. Listen to learn more about the origins of computers and the women who drove the industry in its early years.

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Current Event April 1, 2015

The Teenage Brain

Life Science US History II Psychology

The stereotypical teenager is moody, reckless and known for risky behavior. A new study of 12-year-olds playing a driving game has shed light on how the teenage brain works and why adolescents make the decisions they do. From brain development to the impact of an audience - this audio story will change the way you understand how the teenage brain works.

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Current Event March 27, 2015

Women on the Money

Civics/Government Economics US History II Gender

When you look at traditional American currency, from bills to coins, you will see the portraits of presidents, founders, and inventors. And almost all of them are men. A group of women in New York is trying to change this in time for the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in 2020. The campaign Women On 20s is proposing that Andrew Jackson be removed from the twenty dollar bill and replaced with a famous woman chosen by popular vote. Listen to learn more about the candidates they are proposing and why they think Jackson is the ideal president to replace.

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Current Event March 10, 2015

Selma 50 Years Later

Civics/Government Race US History II Civil RIghts

Fifty years ago, a bloody confrontation on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama exposed the nation to the racial injustice and brutality of the American South. This event paved the way for the Voting Rights Act of 1965, forcing all municipalities to allow black residents to register to vote. Listen to learn more about this historic event in the Civil Rights Movement from people who participated in Bloody Sunday.

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