Primary Source Highlights on DocsTeach

We're constantly updating DocsTeach.org — the online tool for teaching with documents from the National Archives. Here are some recent highlights. Newly Added Primary Sources Hollywood Ten - We recently added court documents related to the screenwriters, producers, and directors who jeopardized their careers by taking a stand against the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). Several … Continue reading Primary Source Highlights on DocsTeach

Suspending the Right of Due Process: Japanese-American Relocation during World War II

Engage students in classroom discussions about due process and the Fifth Amendment using primary sources about Japanese-American "relocation" during WWII.

Oppressed Women Ask the Government to “Make Amends”

A petition created by Alaska Native women during World War II can help students understand the right of the people to “petition for redress of grievances.”

What Effect Did the WWII Fair Employment Practices Commission Have on the Civil Rights Movement?

Today’s post comes from Joel Walker, education specialist at the National Archives at Atlanta. On December 31, 1942, the Counter Intelligence Section of the Seventh Naval District based in Jacksonville, Florida, distributed its monthly summary of subversive activities.  On page two of the summary, under the heading "Activities Concerning Negroes," was printed a small paragraph … Continue reading What Effect Did the WWII Fair Employment Practices Commission Have on the Civil Rights Movement?