- DOMA and the Supreme Court (New York Times)
- Meet the 83-Year Old Taking on the U.S. over Same-Sex Marriage (NPR)
- Respond to the Justices (New York Times)
- The Supreme Court Struck Down Part of DOMA: Here's What You Need to Know (Washington Post)
- United States v. Windsor Oral Argument (C-SPAN)
To learn more about the Defense of Marriage Act and Windsor v. United States, try the following resources:
Today marks the anniversary of the Battle of Little Bighorn. The battle was the most famous event Great Sioux War of 1876. In it, Lakota Sioux, Cheyenne, Arapaho warriors led by Crazy Horse and Chief Gall annihilated the U.S. Seventh Calvary under the command of George Armstrong Custer.
To learn more about the Battle of Little Bighorn, try the following resources:
To learn more about the Voting Rights Act and the Shelby County v. Holder decision, try the following resources:
Each year in AP US Government & Politics, my classes explore the history of civil rights in the United States. This includes a look at affirmative action. As such, we will certainly spend some time discussing today's Fisher v. University of Texas decision. First, however, I will require that my students listen to this excellent discussion of the case on NPR's Diane Rehm Show. Not only do her guests provide a great deal of background information, they also make reasoned arguments both for and against the policy itself. I predict that such details will enrich my students' understanding of the topic.
On this day in 1953, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed for their part in a conspiracy to pass information about the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union. While both refused to admit any wrongdoing and proclaimed their innocence right up to the time of their deaths, their Morton Sorbell - who had been tried with the Rosenbergs - admitted to spying for the Soviets in 2008 interview with the New York Times. In doing so, he implicated Julius Rosenberg.
To learn more about the Rosenberg Trial, try the following resources:
All of my posts about the Cold War can be found here.
To learn more about the events unfolding in Turkey, try the following resources:
All of my posts about protests can be found here.
On this day in 1812, President James Madison signed a declaration of war against Great Britain, the first such action in American history. And while no territory changed hands has a result of the conflict, it did inspire the lyrics of "The Star-Spangled Banner" and and usher in the so-called "Era of Good Feelings" in American political history.
I've just updated The War of 1812 Begins post.
All of my posts on 19th century topics can be found here.
Today marks the anniversary of the break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C. The scandal that followed eventually led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon and the arrest of dozens of top administration officials.
I've just updated my Watergate Anniversary post.
All of my posts about presidents can be found here.
Created as a companion to The Asia Foundation's study on subnational conflicts in the region, this interactive site allows users to see the history of violence in the region as a whole as well as explore specific case studies. For example, I clicked on Kashmir in northern India and was given a brief summary of the conflict from 1947 to the present. When I clicked 'play' on the timeline, I was able to see the estimated number of battle deaths in each year. These details could lead to interesting discussions in a World Geography or Modern History class.
All of my posts about Asia can be found here.
My name is Angela Zorn. I work full-time as an educator at Bullitt Central High School in suburban Kentucky where I teach AP US History and AP US Government & Politics. In addition, I provide training & consulting services throughout the United States.