National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius


New York State of Mind

Arizona v. United States

For more information about Arizona v. United States, try the following resources:


Bring on the Learning Revolution!

For those of us who can't listen to Sir Ken Robinson's Keynote Address at the annual ISTE Conference in San Diego tonight, I thought I would post one of his fabulous TEDTalks. In this follow-up to his 2006 talk in which he posed the question "Do Schools Kill Creativity?", Robinson makes the case for a shift from standardized schools to personalized learning.


Juneteenth Celebration

To learn more about Juneteenth and its history, try the following resources:


The War of 1812 Begins

On this day in 1812, President James Madison signed a declaration of war against Great Britain, the first such action in American history.

To learn more about the War of 1812, try the following resources:


Watergate Anniversary

On this day in 1972, five men were arrested for breaking and entering into the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate complex in Washington DC. When this "third-rate burglary attempt" was connected to President Richard Nixon’s reelection campaign, the scandal eventually led to the president's resignation along with indictment, trial, conviction and incarceration of 43 people - including dozens of top Nixon administration officials.

For more information about the Watergate Scandal, try the following resources:


Magna Carta Anniversary

On this day in 1215, King John of England put his royal seal on the Magna Carta, the first document forced onto an English King by a group of his subjects in an attempt to limit his powers by law.

To learn more about the Magna Carta and its effects on constitutional law, try the following resources:


Teaching American History Training

The History of the US Flag


The Right to Remain Silent

cc licensed image by Matthew Blank

On this day in 1966, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its landmark decision in the case Miranda v. Arizona establishing the principle that all criminal suspects must be advised of their rights before interrogation.

To learn more about the rights of the accused and the Supreme Court, refer to the following cases:
All of my posts on the Supreme Court and its decisions can be found here.


Tear Down This Wall

On this day in 1987, in a speech commemorating the 750th anniversary of Berlin, President Ronald Reagan stood in front of the Brandenburg Gate and challenged Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down" the Berlin Wall, a symbol of the repressive Communist era in a divided Germany.

All of my posts on the Berlin Wall and its history can be found here.

All of my posts on Cold War topics can be found here.


The University of Alabama is Desegrated

On this day in 1963, Governor George Wallace blocked the door of Foster Auditorium at the University of Alabama in a symbolic attempt to keep his inaugural promise to stop the desegregation of the state's only remaining all-white university.

To learn more about George Wallace and his stand in the schoolhouse door, try the following resources:
All of my posts about the Civil Rights Movement can be found here.


US History Essential Questions


The History Lab Resources

One of my favorite summer projects involves updating and organizing the permanent resources collections here at The History Lab. If you are unfamiliar with these, take a few minutes (or days) to explore the following LiveBinders:
In addition, I have collected hundreds of historical images, videos, and infographics on a series of Pinterest Boards.

If you have any suggestions for a resource I have missed, I would love to hear about it in the comments section.


D-Day Anniversary

Today marks the anniversary of the Allied landings on the beaches in Normandy during World War II.

I've just updated the resources collected in the Remembering D-Day post.

All of my posts on World War II topics can be found here.


The Transit of Venus


Tiananmen Square Anniversary

Today marks the anniversary of the Chinese government's brutal crackdown against pro-democracy protesters who has gathered in Beijing's Tiananmen Square.

I've just updated the resources collected in the Tiananmen Square Massacre post.


Uprising in Syria

cc licensed photo by Gwenael Piaser

For more information about the uprising in Syria, try the following resources:


Queen Elizabeth II Celebrates 60 Years

This year, Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her Diamond Jubilee, marking 60 years on the throne. Only one other British monarch, Queen Victoria, has reached this milestone.

To learn more about Queen Elizabeth II and the British Monarchy, try the following resources:

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