Baghdad Soldiers in the Warrior Chapel Choir pray during the invocation of the “African-American/Black History Month” Observance at Camp Liberty Feb. 22

Race, Democracy, Citizenship

These resources explore topics at the intersection of race, democracy, and citizenship. Race in America has shaped the evolution of American democracy from our country’s founding. Questions of freedom, justice, equality, and citizenship confronted the original framers of the Constitution. 241 years later, the country still struggles with these issues. Explore topics of how the issue of race influenced the shaping of American democracy and government.

ReadingImmigrationImmigrationRace, Democracy, and Citizenship
LessonHistorical Timeline
History of Legal and Illegal Immigration to the United States
Legal and Illegal ImmigrationRace, Democracy, and Citizenship
ReadingHow Mexican Immigration to the U.S. Has EvolvedMexican ImmigrationRace, Democracy, and Citizenship
VideoOrigins of Slavery in AmericaOrigins of Slavery in AmericaRace, Democracy, and Citizenship
AudioOn Crazy We Built A Nation (Seeing White, Part 4)Podcast on how the concept of citizenship was established to represent white male supremacy. Transcript also available.Race, Democracy, and Citizenship
LessonMexican American Migrations and CommunitiesReading provides historical background on Mexican AmericansRace, Democracy, and Citizenship
ReadingLiberty in Early America Reading with Links to original documents
Liberty, Diversity, and Slavery: The Beginnings of American Freedom
Race, Democracy, and Citizenship
LessonLatino Heritage: A Discussion Activity Teaching Tolerance offers the following essays and activities to help students gain a deeper understanding of past and present struggles for Latino civil rights.Race, Democracy, and Citizenship
Lesson Constitution Role Play: Whose “More Perfect Union”? and The Constitutional Convention: Who Really Won?Two lessons ask students to think critically about a number of issues that confronted the original framers of the Constitution. In the second lesson (The Constitutional Convention: Who Really Won?), with the Constitution Role Play as background, students are primed to wade into the actual document and analyze parts of it in a social context.Race, Democracy, and Citizenship
Lesson UnitUnderstanding Ethnic Labels and Puerto Rican Identity
Understanding Ethnic Labels and Puerto Rican IdentityRace, Democracy, and Citizenship
VideoWe are Not a Nation of ImmigrantsVideos from the American Renaissance Foundation espousing an Alt-Right viewRace, Democracy, and Citizenship
VideoWere the Founding Fathers RacistVideos from the American Renaissance Foundation espousing an Alt-Right viewRace, Democracy, and Citizenship
VideoWhat the Founders Really Thought About RaceVideos from the American Renaissance Foundation espousing an Alt-Right viewRace, Democracy, and Citizenship
VideoAll Men are Create EqualVideos from the American Renaissance Foundation espousing an Alt-Right viewRace, Democracy, and Citizenship
LessonSlavery and the Making of AmericaAnchor LessonRace, Democracy, and Citizenship
VideoRace, Democracy, and Citizenship: The American IdealAnchor LessonRace, Democracy, and Citizenship
VideoDocumentedCopies of this film can be borrowed from YCCS.Documented- a film about immigrants, citizenship and American identity.Race, Democracy, and Citizenship
VideoCopies of this film can be borrowed from YCCS.Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights YearsRace, Democracy, and Citizenship
LessonThe Color LineAnchor Lesson: A lesson on the countless colonial laws enacted to create division and inequality based on race. This helps students understand the origins of racism in the United States and who benefits.Race, Democracy, and Citizenship
LessonThe Rise and Demise of DACAAnchor Lesson: Students will analyze the history of recent immigration reform efforts, especially as they relate to undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children.
• Students will evaluate arguments for and against immigration reform as well as personal stories from DACA recipients and write a response about the issue.
Race, Democracy, and Citizenship
VideoCopies of this film can be borrowed from YCCS.The Black Panthers-In the turbulent 1960s, change was coming to America and the fault lines could no longer be ignored — cities were burning, Vietnam was exploding, and disputes raged over equality and civil rights. A new revolutionary culture was emerging and it sought to drastically transform the system. The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense would, for a short time, put itself at the vanguard of that change. Race, Democracy, and Citizenship
LessonFebruary OneCopies of this film can be borrowed from YCCS.February One-one remarkable day, four college freshmen changed the course of American history.Race, Democracy, and Citizenship
VideoExpanding Voting Rights: Lesson 1 The Early RepublicAnchor Lesson: The Early Republic has students examine what the Constitution did—and did not—say about voting rights; then has them explore the first major expansion of voting rights: the inclusion of white men who did not own property.Race, Democracy, and Citizenship
ReadingConstitutional Topic: CitizenshipCitizenshipRace, Democracy, and Citizenship
ReadingConstitutional TopicsConstitutional TopicsRace, Democracy, and Citizenship
LessonContradictions of Freedom in a New NationContradictions of Freedom in a New NationRace, Democracy, and Citizenship
LessonConstitutional AmendmentsHip hop soundtrack of a review of the constitutional amendmentsRace, Democracy, and Citizenship
LessonHistory of Immigration Through the 1850sHistory of ImmigrationRace, Democracy, and Citizenship