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NCHS-10-2

Economic, social, and cultural developments in contemporary United States


A.  The student understands economic patterns since 1968

B.  The student understands the new immigration and demographic shifts

C.  The student understands changing religious diversity and its impact on American institutions and values

D.  The student understands contemporary American culture

E.  The student understands how a democratic polity debates social issues and mediates between individual or group rights and the common good


Resources:

Cultural Revolutions
Resource Type: E-Seminar

Relevant pages:
Revolution: Beyond the Marches

History as Destiny: The Case of New York City
Resource Type: E-Seminar

Relevant transcripts:
New Yorkers Are Tolerant
New York Is Dense
New York Is Forever
Epilogue

Relevant interactive tools:
New York Is Not a Doughnut
The North American Pattern
New York City Is Rich at the Center
New York Is a 24-hour City
Why Ken Jackson Almost Starved While Rraveling Abroad
New York Is the Cultural Capital of the World
New York Is Not a Doughnut
The North American Pattern
New York City Is Rich at the Center
New York Is a 24-hour City
Why Ken Jackson Almost Starved While Rraveling Abroad
New York Is the Cultural Capital of the World
Will New York's economy always be strong?
E.B. White on New York
Will New York's economy always be strong?
E.B. White on New York

Urban Crisis: Fire and Water
Resource Type: E-Seminar

Relevant texts:
Happyland Social Club
World Trade Center Disaster
The World Trade Center and the Future of the City
More Water than Any Other Large City
A Safe and Wasteful System

Relevant transcripts:
No Water Meters

Urban Crisis: Disease, Crime, and Space
Resource Type: E-Seminar

Relevant transcripts:
What Is a Park?

Modern Republicanism and the New Right
Resource Type: Document-Based Question
The development of a Republican majority is the focus of this DBQ, which explores the larger issues of modern republicanism in postwar America and the emergence of the new right. Electoral maps provide in-depth analyses of presidential elections since the 1960s.

The Civil-Rights Movement
Resource Type: Document-Based Question
The civil-rights movement shifted from nonviolent civil disobedience to "black power." The rich selection of primary sources will help students explore the philosophies of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, the differences between the African American experience in the North and in the South, the role of government and political institutions, as well as global movements against imperialism.

Disasters
Resource Type: Primary Source
The charred facade of Happyland social club (1990).

Disasters
Resource Type: Primary Source
World Trade Center explosion and fires, with the Brooklyn Bridge in the foreground (September 11, 2001).

Disasters
Resource Type: Primary Source
Shrine to victims of the World Trade Center disaster, Union Square, New York City (2001).

Cities Deal with Water
Resource Type: Primary Source
New York from the air (c. 2001).

Wealth in Water
Resource Type: Primary Source
New York watershed map.

Wealth in Water
Resource Type: Primary Source
Water-main break in New York (1998).

The Civil-Rights Movement
Resource Type: Document-Based Question
The civil-rights movement shifted from nonviolent civil disobedience to "black power." The rich selection of primary sources will help students explore the philosophies of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, the differences between the African American experience in the North and in the South, the role of government and political institutions, as well as global movements against imperialism.

The Legacy of the Counterculture
Resource Type: Point-Counterpoint

The New Left
Resource Type: Point-Counterpoint

Chocolate City
Resource Type: Primary Source
The militant black-power phase of the civil-rights movement had its musical corollary in the rise of funk, an urban, gritty genre most often associated in the late 1960s with James Brown (1928– ) and Sly and the Family Stone. The band Parliament burst onto the national scene in the mid-1970s.

Civil-Rights Debate: Where Do We Go from Here?
Resource Type: Classroom Simulation
In this simulation students are asked to represent a variety of figures from American society in the 1960s. The goal is to understand the complex nature of race relations and power politics in the United States—especially how individuals and events at home and abroad influenced the civil-rights movement.

The Legacy of the Counterculture
Resource Type: Point-Counterpoint

The New Left
Resource Type: Point-Counterpoint

Sixties Radicalism and Conservatism
Resource Type: Document-Based Question
Dissent and social protest characterize the 1960s. Enduring images of the decade recall its civil-rights marches, antiwar protests, and rallies of members of various social grouips—women, farmworkers, American Indians—calling for greater justice. The documents within the DBQ represent a variety of voices, illustrating the tensions between countercultural movements of the 1960s and conservative reactions against them. This DBQ contextualizes the debates of the 1960s within a longer-term analysis of the divisions between left and right in the United States since the beginning of the Cold War.

Civil-Rights Debate: Where Do We Go from Here?
Resource Type: Classroom Simulation
In this simulation students are asked to represent a variety of figures from American society in the 1960s. The goal is to understand the complex nature of race relations and power politics in the United States—especially how individuals and events at home and abroad influenced the civil-rights movement.


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