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Teaching with Primary Sources
Easy-to-Use Assignments to Increase Student Engagement

Offering “ripped from the headlines” relevancy, these complementary Readex Lesson Plans feature a powerful primary source document, carefully selected from Readex’s vast archive. Each lesson plan aligns closely with key concepts covered in undergraduate courses across the social sciences and the humanities.  All are written by subject matter experts who are also college and university instructors highly experienced in using primary sources in their own classes. And every lesson plan includes an embedded link that offers all faculty and students full access to the selected document.

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Colonists Enjoy the Same Rights of Englishmen

Historical Era:
American Revolution

For faculty in many departments, including:
History, Political Science

Ideal for a wide range of classes, including:
American Revolution and Constitution, 1763-1800; World History Since 1500; American Literature: 1607-1860; American Political Thought

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Inter-Colonial Resistance to the Townshend Acts

Historical Era:
American Revolution

For faculty in many departments, including:
History, Political Science

Ideal for a wide range of classes, including:
American History, World History, Political History of the United States, American Revolution

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The Federalist, No. 10. to the People of the State of New-York

Historical Era:
American Revolution

For faculty in many departments, including:
History, Political Science,  English

Ideal for a wide range of classes, including:
American Revolution and Constitution, 1763-1800; World History Since 1500; American Literature: 1607-1860; American Political Thought

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An English View on The Haymarket Affair

Historical Era:
Gilded Age

For faculty in many departments, including:
History, Political Science, Economics

Ideal for a wide range of classes, including:
Problems in American History since 1865; The United States: 1877-1920; Introduction to U.S. Economic History; American Labor Movement

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Bryan's Cross of Gold Speech

Historical Era: 
Gilded Age

For faculty in many departments, including:
History, Political Science, Economics

Ideal for a wide range of classes, including: 
The United States: 1877-1920; American Political Thought; American Political Parties and Politics; Cultural History of the United States

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W.E.B Du Bois Addresses the Race Issue

Historical Era:
Progressive Era

For faculty in many departments, including:
History, Political Science, Economics, English

Ideal for a wide range of classes, including:
Problems in American History since 1865; The United States: 1877-1920; American Political Thought

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Booker T. Washington Addresses the Race Issue

Historical Era:
Progressive Era

For faculty in many departments, including:
History, Political Science, Economics, English

Ideal for a wide range of classes, including:
Problems in American History since 1865; The United States: 1877-1920; American Political Thought

 

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W.E.B. Du Bois and the Niagara Movement

Historical Era:
Progressive Era

For faculty in many departments, including:
History, Political Science, Sociology

Ideal for a wide range of classes, including:
Problems in American History since 1865; The United States: 1877-1920; American Political Thought, African American History, American Race Relations

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Wilson’s Reasons for War against the Central Powers

Historical Era:
World War I and Aftermath

For faculty in many departments, including:
History, Political Science, Economics, International Relations, Military Studies

Ideal for a wide range of classes, including:
U.S. Foreign Relations Since 1898, Europe Since 1914, U.S. Foreign Policy, Conflict Studies

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Executive Order 8802 Ends Discrimination in the National Defense Industry During World War II

Historical Era:
World War II

For faculty in many departments, including:
History, Political Science, African American Studies, Sociology

Ideal for a wide range of courses, including:
American History, African American History, Labor History, Social Activism, Labor Politics

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  • Jane Addams Protests Racial Segregation

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