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Teaching Agriculture and Business Skills to Afghan People During the War in Afghanistan | Iowa Soldiers Remember Afghanistan

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During the War in Afghanistan, specialized volunteer troops from Iowa taught Afghans improved agricultural practices, provided vaccinations to farm animals, and helped local women develop basic entrepreneurial skills. The goal was to help Afghan people be more empowered and self-sufficient.

Iowa Soldiers Build Trust with Afghan Soldiers and People | Iowa Soldiers Remember Afghanistan

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During the war in Afghanistan, U.S. troops initially had little faith in the Afghan National Army (ANA).  A group of U.S. troops from Iowa soon found out that they were able to build relationships with the ANA, becoming allies.

Clip 5 | The State of Arizona | Sheriff Joe Debates Journalist During Fast Food Bust

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In this excerpt from the Independent Lens documentary The State of Arizona, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks to reporters during a raid of a fast food restaurant checking for illegal immigrants, where he’s challenged by a journalist about the operation. Meanwhile, patrons debate whether or not illegal immigrants should be allowed to work there.

Maya Rudolph's Ancestry and the Emancipation Proclamation: Clip | Finding Your Roots

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In this lesson, students learn about the Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation, the abolishment of slavery, and the struggle for freedom. Maya Rudolph’s third-great-grandparents were slaves in Kentucky in the early 1800s. Although they were freed per the slave owner's will upon his passing, his grandson acted against this directive. Maya's third-great-grandparents sought legal action — and won.

Freedom Summer: The Catalyst

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In 1963, black citizens of Mississippi had been disenfranchised for years. Earlier attempts to register to vote had been met with intimidation and reprisals. As more efforts were made to register voters, the state decided to withhold food and other aid from poor rural areas, which was especially devastating to the black community during a difficult winter. The arrival of popular comedian Dick Gregory with a plane full of supplies brought media attention and public scrutiny. The resulting publicity helped spark the idea for what would become known as “Freedom Summer,” as seen in this video from American Experience: “Freedom Summer.” This resource is part of the American Experience Collection.

Freedom Summer: Civil Rights Workers Disappear

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The disappearance of civil rights workers Andrew Goodman, James Chaney, and Michael Schwerner occurred on June 21, at the very beginning of what became known as “Freedom Summer,” as seen in this video from American Experience: “1964.” Although their bodies were not found until August, the resulting media attention increased national awareness of the violence and injustices facing blacks every day in Mississippi and the white volunteers who had come to join in the fight. This resource is part of the American Experience Collection.

Indian American Comedian Discusses Humor and Race

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Explore how one comedian uses humor as a strategy to discuss race with this PBS NewsHour video and educational materials from July 31, 2014. In an interview with Hari Sreenivasan, comedian Hari Kondabolu discusses how he uses humor to tackle the topics of racism and colonialism in his standup act.

The Abolitionists: Defying the Fugitive Slave Law

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The Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 (aka Fugitive Slave Act) required Free states to follow the law of Slave states. Outrage and rebellion against this federal law was fueled by the success of Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin. Video from, American Experience: "Abolitionists."

The Abolitionists: Will Kansas Be a Free Soil State?

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By 1856, the debate over whether Kansas would be a free or slave state reached a fevered pitch. Blood flowed from Lawrence, KS to Washington, DC. Video from, American Experience: "Abolitionists."

Evolution of the Presidency: Theodore Roosevelt to Franklin D. Roosevelt | The Roosevelts

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Examine the powers of the Executive Branch in this lesson plan associated with Ken Burns' The Roosevelts. First, students read Article II of the Constitution and learn how past presidents exercised this power in practice. Then, students view the video clips below to examine how Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt carried out their executive duties during their respective terms in office. In the final activity, students produce a documentary examining one of the Roosevelt president's execution of power during a crucial time in history. See "Activity" below for the lesson plan.

Triangle Fire: No Protections for Garment Workers

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As the United States industrialized and factories grew, no regulations existed to prevent factory owners from mistreating workers or creating dangerous work environments. Excerpted from, American Experience: “Triangle Fire.”

Chapter 2: Police and Guns | Armed in America

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Watch the second part of a town hall meeting take place as a panel of law enforcement officers and citizens affected by police actions hold a discussion regarding the question of whether or not local police should be arming themselves with military weapons. Does the equipment and tactics used save live or cost them, and how does this affect the relationship between the police and the people they protect?

Chapter 5: Police and Guns | Armed in America

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Watch the fifth part of a town hall meeting take place as a panel of law enforcement officers and citizens affected by police actions hold a discussion regarding the question of whether or not local police should be arming themselves with military weapons. Does the equipment and tactics used save live or cost them, and how does this affect the relationship between the police and the people they protect?

Chapter 4: Faith and Guns | Armed in America

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Watch the fourth part of a town hall meeting take place as a panel of faith leaders hold a discussion regarding gun violence, gun rights, and faith in America.

Chapter 8: Faith and Guns | Armed in America

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Watch the eighth part of a town hall meeting take place as a panel of faith leaders hold a discussion regarding gun violence, gun rights, and faith in America.

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