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Faces of Freedom in American History

Developed in collaboration with the McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum, Faces of Freedom in American History will help students understand their freedoms and the people who have struggled to defend, preserve and expand them. Experiences beyond the classroom help enhance student learning, and that’s why Faces of Freedom in American History can serve as either a stand-alone teaching tool or as a supplement to the exhibits in the McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum in Chicago. By putting faces with names, these important lessons will have a memorable impact on students, and they will come to see their own face among the faces of freedom in American history. This curriculum will illuminate reasons for appreciating freedom and ways students can help ensure its future.

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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 Birth of Freedom…………………………………………………………….1
Lesson 2: Champions of Freedom…………………………………………………………….9

UNIT TWO: FIRST AMENDMENT FREEDOMS
Lesson 1: Free to Believe…………………………………………………………….17
Lesson 2: Free to Speak…………………………………………………………………….27
Lesson 3: Free to Write………………………………………………………………..37
Lesson 4: Free to Gather …………………………………………………………………..43

UNIT THREE: THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES
Lesson 1: Voices of Freedom…………………………………………………………………..51
Lesson 2: Fighters for Freedom…………………………………………………………….59
Lesson 3: Guardians of Freedom……………………………………………………………………73
Lesson 4: Windows on Freedom………………………………………………………………….81

UNIT FOUR: FREEDOM’S FUTURE
Lesson 1: Freedom and You…………………………………………………………………………..91
Lesson 2: Freedom and the Future…………………………………………………………………….99

Freedom Cards………………………………………………………………………………107
Answer Key……………………………………………………………………………………..133
Landmark Supreme Court Cases …………………………………………………………….136
A Special Thanks……………………………………………………………………………….142
A Note on Standards…………………………………………………………………………….143

 
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