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Identify and explain historical and contemporary efforts to narrow discrepancies between foundational ideas and values of American democracy and realities of American political and civic life.
Focus Question: What are times when American realities conflicted with American ideals?
Reading Between the Lines of the Constitution: An Annotated Guide
The New York Times
in 2011 offers a guide to some of the most contested clauses in the Constitution by groups from all sides of the political spectrum
For more information on the Constitution, see
Amendments to the Constitution
1870 Print Celebrating Passage of the 15th Amendment
9000 amendments have been proposed; 27 have been passed
Click here for an overview of
For more on the amendment process, see
Article V: Amending the Constitution
from the Exploring Constitutional Conflicts website from the University of Missouri Kansas City.
Some examples of when our nation's ideals conflicted with its reality can be seen with the following examples:
United States History I.29
to read Frederick Douglass' speech "The Hypocrisy of American Slavery."
The Civil Rights Movement
United States History II.25
The Women's Rights Movement
United States History II.27
Before the Women's Rights Movement of the 1960's came the Women's Suffrage Movement in the previous century. It culminated in 1920 with the passage of the 19th amendment, which prohibited denying people the right to vote because of their sex. For a timeline of the whole movement, photos, and cartoons, click
For a lesson plan from the Library of Congress on women's suffrage, click
The suppression of Native Americans
United States History II.4
United States History II.5
LGBT Rights Movement
Throughout the twentieth century, and especially during the Cold War, the United States intervened in the politics of many countries. The reasons for these interventions are complex, but often it had to do with business interests and preventing the spread of Communism. Oftentimes, these interventions involved behavior that was contradictory to classic American ideals.
A good example of this occurred in Chile with the overthrow of democratically elected leader Salvador Allende in 1973. To learn about the overthrow and the involvement of the US, click
To learn about a similar event that occurred in Guatemala in 1954, watch this short
Check out this
on thinkfinity that aims to show students the different social injustices forced upon peoples abroad and at home on American soil, including Native Americans and Japanese Americans.
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