Social Studies

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David Kennedy on "The Great Depression" | American Creed

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David Kennedy shares how his father experienced the hardships of unemployment during the Great Depression.

Restoring the Torah | Religion & Ethics Newsweekly

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This video from Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly follows Neal Yerman, a sofer, or scribe, in Cherry Hill, New Jersey as he works on a Torah recovered from the Polish town of Ostrof, where 9,000 Jews were killed by Nazis over three days in 1941. The Torah, the first five books of the Hebrew Bible, is considered the holiest object in Jewish life.

Bella Vista: An Unseen View of WWII | Internment of Italian Civilians at Fort Missoula

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Bella Vista was a World War II internment camp at Fort Missoula, Montana and home to more than 1,000 Italian civilians. Seized eight months before Pearl Harbor, these men effectively became the United States' first-and perhaps the luckiest-causalities of war.

With these video and curriculum resources, students will define vocabulary words related to internment and analyze the impact of the United States’ wartime policies directed at Italian civilians and other cultural groups during WWII. 

Why So Many Migrant Children Are Braving the Journey Across the U.S. Border Alone

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Help students understand the motivations and consequences for the tens of thousands of young children migrating to the United States illegally with this PBS NewsHour video and educational resource from June 25, 2014. Many of the unaccompanied minors are making the dangerous journey, which has killed thousands of adults, because their parents believe they will get a free education and brighter future in the U.S.

Women Work to Change the Culture of the Free Online Encyclopedia “Wikipedia”

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Challenge students to think about why there are almost ten times as many male Wikipedia editors as female and how that might affect the definitions on the site with this PBS NewsHour video and educational resources from May 19, 2014. Wikipedia has come under scrutiny over a lack of female representation and participation on the website.

Shift in U.S. Policy Opens Cuba to American Tourists

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Find out why many people anticipate increased tourism in Cuba with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from June 15, 2015.

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