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Aaron Burr and Ambition
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Students will explore the vice of ambition in a constitutional republic and civil society in this lesson on civic virtue.  Students will examine the difference between self-serving ambition and noble ambition, and then explore the character and career of Aaron Burr. Burr engaged in various machinations to establish an empire in the West and was put on trial for treason.  Students will analyze a historical narrative, discussion guide, and various activities to explore the effect of self-serving ambition in a constitutional republic and on civil society.

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Social Science
Social Studies
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Bill of Rights Institute
Date Added:
09/12/2022
Abrams v. United States: Supreme Court Case, Arguments, Impact
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In Abrams v. United States (1919), the U.S. Supreme Court reinforced the “clear and present danger” test for restricting freedom of speech, previously established in Schenck v. United States, and upheld several convictions under the Sedition Act of 1918 (an amendment to the Espionage Act of 1917). Abrams is best known for its famous dissent, written by Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, who had established the “clear and present danger” test just eight months prior.

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Social Science
Social Studies
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ThoughtCo
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Constitution
Author:
Elianna Spitzer
Date Added:
07/10/2024
Actions That Changed the Law: Ledbetter v. Goodyear
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This lesson is based on the Annenberg Classroom video âA Call to Act: Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co.,â which tells the law-changing story behind the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009. Students gain insight into law-making process, consider how statutory decisions made by the Supreme Court can prompt better laws, and learn about the rights and responsibilities they will have when they enter the workforce.

The estimated time for this lesson is four days.

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Social Science
Social Studies
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Provider:
Annenberg Foundation
Provider Set:
Annenberg Classroom
Date Added:
08/11/2022
African Americans in the Gilded Age
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Constitutional amendments were ratified during and after the Civil War to protect the natural and civil rights of African Americans. Despite these legal protections, the condition of African Americans significantly worsened in the last few decades of the nineteenth century. In the late nineteenth century, the promise of emancipation and Reconstruction went largely unfulfilled and was even reversed in the lives of African Americans. Southern blacks suffered from horrific violence, political disfranchisement, economic discrimination, and legal segregation. Ironically, the new wave of racial discrimination that was introduced was part of an attempt to bring harmony between the races and order to American society.

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Social Science
Social Studies
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Lesson Plan
Provider:
Bill of Rights Institute
Date Added:
09/12/2022
All Together for the Camera: A History of the Supreme Court’s Group Photograph
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Trace the history of the Supreme Court’s group photograph through selected highlights, from the first in 1867 to the most recent in 2022.

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History
Social Science
Social Studies
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Interactive
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Supreme Court of the United States
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07/10/2024
Arizona v. Hicks: Supreme Court Case, Arguments, Impact
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Arizona v. Hicks (1987) clarified the need for probable cause when seizing evidence in plain view. The United States Supreme Court found that officers must reasonably suspect criminal activity in order for them to lawfully seize items in plain view without a search warrant.

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Social Science
Social Studies
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Reading
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ThoughtCo
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Constitution
Author:
Elianna Spitzer
Date Added:
07/10/2024
Article III
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This resource from the National Constitution Center includes an introduction, big questions, recorded class sessions, briefing documents, slide decks, and worksheets about Article III of the United States Constitutuion.

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History
Social Science
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Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Constitution Center
Date Added:
05/10/2024
Baker v. Carr: Supreme Court Case, Arguments, Impact
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Baker v. Carr (1962) was a landmark case concerning re-apportionment and redistricting. The United States Supreme Court ruled that federal courts could hear and rule on cases in which plaintiffs allege that re-apportionment plans violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

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Social Science
Social Studies
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Reading
Provider:
ThoughtCo
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Constitution
Author:
Elianna Spitzer
Date Added:
07/10/2024
Biography of Brett Kavanaugh, Supreme Court Justice
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Brett Michael Kavanaugh (born February 12, 1965) is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Prior to his appointment, Kavanaugh served as a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Nominated to the Supreme Court by President Donald Trump on July 9, 2018, he was confirmed by the Senate on October 6, 2018, after one of the most contentious confirmation processes in U.S. history. Kavanaugh fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy. Compared to Kennedy, who was considered moderate on some social issues, Kavanaugh is regarded as a strong conservative voice on the Supreme Court.

Subject:
Social Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
ThoughtCo
Provider Set:
Constitution
Author:
Robert Longley
Date Added:
07/10/2024
Biography of John G. Roberts, Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
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John Glover Roberts, Jr. (born January 27, 1955) is the 17th chief justice of the United States, serving on and presiding over the United States Supreme Court. Roberts began his tenure on the court on September 29, 2005, after having been nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate following the death of former Chief Justice William Rehnquist. Based on his voting record and written decisions, Roberts is believed to have a conservative judicial philosophy.

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Social Science
Social Studies
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Reading
Provider:
ThoughtCo
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Constitution
Author:
Robert Longley
Date Added:
07/10/2024
Biography of John Marshall, Influential Supreme Court Justice
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John Marshall served as the chief justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1801 to 1835. During Marshall's 34 year tenure, the Supreme Court attained stature and established itself as a fully co-equal branch of the government.

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Social Science
Social Studies
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Reading
Provider:
ThoughtCo
Provider Set:
Constitution
Author:
Robert McNamara
Date Added:
07/10/2024
Biography of Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., Supreme Court Justice
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Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. (March 8, 1841—March 6, 1935) was an American jurist who served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1902 to 1932. One of the most often cited and influential Supreme Court justices in history, Holmes is noted for his defense of the First Amendment and creating the doctrine of “clear and present danger” as the only basis for limiting the right of freedom of speech. Retiring from the court at age 90, Holmes still stands as the oldest person to serve as a Supreme Court Justice.

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Social Science
Social Studies
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Reading
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ThoughtCo
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Constitution
Author:
Robert Longley
Date Added:
07/10/2024
Biography of Rod Rosenstein, Deputy U.S. Attorney General
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Rod Rosenstein (born Rod Jay Rosenstein on January 13, 1965) is an American attorney and former criminal prosecutor who investigated tax fraud and public corruption before being tapped by Republican President George W. Bush to serve in the Department of Justice as a U.S. attorney in Maryland. Rosenstein enjoyed support and respect from Republicans and Democrats alike and served as the second in command at the Department of Justice under Bush's two successors in the White House, Barack Obama and Donald J. Trump. Rosenstein's political legacy, though, will very likely center on his controversial move to appoint Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III to investigate Russia's attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Subject:
Social Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
ThoughtCo
Provider Set:
Constitution
Author:
Tom Murse
Date Added:
07/10/2024
Biography of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court Justice
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg (born Joan Ruth Bader; March 15, 1933— September 18, 2020) was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. She was first appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals in 1980 by President Jimmy Carter, then to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton in 1993, taking the oath of office on August 10, 1993. After former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Ginsburg is the second-ever female justice to be confirmed to the court. Along with justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, she is one of only four female justices ever to be confirmed.

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Social Science
Social Studies
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Reading
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ThoughtCo
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Constitution
Author:
Robert Longley
Date Added:
07/10/2024
Biography of Samuel Alito
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Samuel Anthony Alito Jr. (born on April 1, 1950) is a Supreme Court justice who has served on the court since January 31, 2006. He is known for being one of the most conservative justices in modern history. His nickname is Scalito because his political views and judgments are similar to that of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Subject:
Social Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
ThoughtCo
Provider Set:
Constitution
Author:
Karen Schweitzer
Date Added:
07/10/2024
Branches of Power
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This game immerses students in the workings of our three branches of government. Players take on the roles of legislator, president and Supreme Court justice to get constitutional laws enacted. Players must juggle several bills at once while holding press conferences and town hall meetings.

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Social Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Game
Provider:
Annenberg Foundation
Provider Set:
Annenberg Classroom
Date Added:
08/11/2022