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The Berlin Wall and Beyond: An Online High School Curriculum

Stalin arm wrestles Gorbachev in a work called "?" by Mikhail Nikolaevich Rozhde
The Berlin Wall & Beyond is an online high school curriculum for teaching World History, which focuses on the critical post-World War II period. Once united as allies in their war against the Nazis, the United States and the Soviet Union became the world’s competing powerbrokers for the next 40 years. Amidst the redrawing of national boundaries and the political realignments taking shape, Berlin quickly became the symbolic capital of the Cold War.Read More »
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“American Experience: Last Days in Vietnam”: A Classroom-Ready Resource

American Experience: Last Days in Vietnam gives a powerful account of the days leading up to the evacuation of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon. Produced and directed by Rory Kennedy and nominated for an Academy Award® for documentary feature, the film, featuring narratives from people who lived through this experience, illuminates the moral dilemmas facing both U.S. military personnel, who would have to disobey orders to save lives, and South Vietnamese, who faced imprisonment or worse if they could not—or chose not to—escape. The producers describe the film:Read More »
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Chasing Cinderella: A Fairytale

Any consideration of the story we call “Cinderella” for simplicity's sake must acknowledge that “Cinderella” has had a dizzying array of personae over hundreds of years, in many cultures. There is no one authoritative tale of “Cinderella,” only a hall of mirrors with a different face in each reflection. —Marie Rutkoski, Young Adult authorRead More »
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Abraham Lincoln at 150

Hermann Faber, Deathbed scene with man holding Lincoln, 1865.
Abraham Lincoln at 150On April 14 we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the death of Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865). The years in which Lincoln served as president, 1861–1865, were the most momentous in America’s history. A month after his election, South Carolina seceded from the Union, triggering a four year conflict that would leave nearly a million Americans dead or wounded, four million slaves free, and a nation changed forever.Read More »
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Tennessee Williams’s “The Glass Menagerie”: Seventy Years on the American Stage!

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This week marks the 70th anniversary of The Glass Menagerie’s Broadway premiere.The play has been produced seven times on Broadway—more than any other American classic with the exception Tennessee Williams’ subsequent masterpiece, A Streetcar Named Desire!Read More »
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