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.

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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
VideoRace, Democracy, and Citizenship: The American IdealAnchor Lesson: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 TopicsRace, 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
ReadingLiberty in Early America Reading with Links to original documents
Liberty, Diversity, and Slavery: The Beginnings of American Freedom
Race, Democracy, and Citizenship
LessonContradictions of Freedom in a New NationContradictions of Freedom in a New NationRace, Democracy, and Citizenship
VideoAll Men are Create EqualVideos 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
VideoWere the Founding Fathers RacistVideos from the American Renaissance Foundation espousing an Alt-Right viewRace, Democracy, and Citizenship
VideoWe are Not a Nation of ImmigrantsVideos from the American Renaissance Foundation espousing an Alt-Right viewRace, 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
LessonSlavery and the Making of AmericaAnchor LessonRace, 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
ReadingConstitutional Topic: CitizenshipCitizenshipRace, Democracy, and Citizenship
LessonHistory of Immigration Through the 1850sHistory of ImmigrationRace, Democracy, and Citizenship
ReadingHow Mexican Immigration to the U.S. Has EvolvedMexican ImmigrationRace, Democracy, and Citizenship
ReadingImmigrationImmigrationRace, Democracy, and Citizenship
LessonMexican American Migrations and CommunitiesReading provides historical background on Mexican AmericansRace, Democracy, and Citizenship
LessonHistorical Timeline
History of Legal and Illegal Immigration to the United States
Legal and Illegal ImmigrationRace, 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