President Abraham Lincoln said that the U.S. government is "of the people, by the people, and for the people." What happens when the people do not think the government is working for them? Some take to the streets and other public places to protest. Peaceful protest is an important tool for democracy. Some of the biggest changes in our country happened because of protests. From the Boston Tea Party to the Black Lives Matter movement, this book will allow students to understand the role of protestors through an inquiry-based approach.
Since the birth of the United States of America, the question of who can own a gun has been debated by passionate people on both sides of the argument. The Founding Fathers are no longer around to clarify exactly what they meant in the Second Amendment. As the country suffers an increasing number of public shootings in schools and beyond, the question of who should be able to own a gun becomes even more important for the safety of everyone in America. Readers will explore the issue and make an intelligent decision for themselves.
Religion is our most personal freedom. It's the first thing the Bill of Rights guarantees all Americans and the last thing we'd think the government could take away. Between wedding cakes, travel bans, public schools, and private employers, the role of faith in public life is constantly in the news. Americans of many different faiths, for many different reasons, are worried the government is going to interfere with their freedom to believe. Could the U.S. government really outlaw a religion? Is it already happening now? It's time to ask the Constitution.
Some Americans say that human beings are the product of evolution, and others claim that an intelligent designer must be behind life on Earth. The controversy has even focused on what should be taught in public schools. Author Sherri Mabry Gordon presents the arguments on both sides and shows how religion, politics, law, and science interact to affect what students learn and what people believe.
In September 1957, nine brave African-American students attempted to do something that had not been done in the segregated South—integrate a public school. Until 1957, black students could not attend school with white students, and black schools were often inferior to white schools. However, in the face of hatred, protest, and violence, these courageous students, who came to be known as the Little Rock Nine, led the charge for change. Through riveting primary source photographs, author David Aretha examines this critical time in the Civil Rights Movement.