Background

Conflict and Continuity

Conflict and Continuity: The Story of American Freedom serves as an educational tool for teachers to provide students with the opportunity to question, challenge, and debate the application and the cost of freedom. With a special focus on the Bill of Rights and the First Amendment, students will appreciate their freedoms and the ideas that underpin them. Developed by teachers for teachers, all the lesson plans were reviewed by leading academic experts and were piloted in a number of classrooms across the nation with great success. Conflict and Continuity: The Story of American Freedom will encourage, foster and guide discussions on First Amendment issues. The curriculum was made possible by the McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum in collaboration with the Bill of Rights Institute.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements…………………………………………………………………………. i
Preface……………………………………………………………………………………………….ii
The United States Bill of Rights…………………………………………………………………iv

UNIT ONE: ROOTS OF FREEDOM
Lesson 1: The Seeds of Liberty………………………………………………………………….1
Lesson 2: Early Challenges to Liberty…………………………………………………………….13

UNIT TWO: FIRST AMENDMENT FREEDOMS
Lesson 1: The Information Age: Free to Surf?……………………………………………….27
Lesson 2: Banned Books: Free to Read?………………………………………………………..37
Lesson 3: Cameras in the Courtroom: Free to Watch?………………………………………..53
Lesson 4: Religion in Schools: Free to Pray?…………………………………………………….67
Lesson 5: The Ten Commandments: Free to Post?…………………………………………….77
Lesson 6: Sensational Reporting: Free to Print?………………………………………………..87

UNIT THREE: THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES
Lesson 1: Lincoln and the Civil War: To Free the Slaves………………………………………..97
Lesson 2: Voting Rights: Freedom for All?……………………………………………………….109
Lesson 3: Balancing Liberty and Security………………………………………………………119
Lesson 4: Balancing Influence and Accountability……………………………………………..133

Answer Key……………………………………………………………………………………..143
Educational Resources………………………………………………………………………….149
Landmark Supreme Court Cases …………………………………………………………….152
A Special Thanks……………………………………………………………………………….158
A Note on Standards…………………………………………………………………………….160

 
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