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100,000,000 Guinea Pigs : The Dangers of Consumption
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In 1927, responding to the seemingly overpowering claims of advertisers and mass ...

In 1927, responding to the seemingly overpowering claims of advertisers and mass marketers, engineer Frederick Schlink and economist Stuart Chase published Your Money's Worth, which argued for an "extension of the principle of buying goods according to impartial scientific tests rather than according to the fanfare and triumphs of higher salesmanship." Your Money's Worth became an instant best-seller, and the authors organized Consumers' Research, a testing bureau that provided information and published product tests in a new magazine, Consumers' Research Bulletin. The 1929 stock market crash heightened suspicion of consumer capitalism, and the magazine had 42,000 subscribers by 1932. In 1933, Schlink and Arthur Kallet (executive secretary of Consumers' Research) published 100,000,000 Guinea Pigs: Dangers in Everyday Foods, Drugs, and Cosmetics. The book struck a responsive chord in depression-era America--it went through thirteen printings in its first six months and became one of the best-selling books of the decade. The book's first chapter ("The Great American Guinea Pig"), gave a flavor of their vigorous arguments.

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U.S. History
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Provider:
American Social History Project / Center for History Media and Learning
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Center for History and New Media/American Social History Project
Date Added:
11/02/2017
12 Steps to a Sustainable High School
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This activity includes an assessment, analysis, and action tool that can be ...

This activity includes an assessment, analysis, and action tool that can be used by classrooms to promote understanding of how the complex current issues of energy, pollution, supply and consumption are not just global but also local issues.

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Atmospheric Science
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Activity/Lab
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Date Added:
01/22/2018
12c. Who Pays for Education?
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Public education is the single largest expenditure for state and local governments ...

Public education is the single largest expenditure for state and local governments across the nation. Yet it is arguably the most criticized. Many people charge that public schools are faltering and that American academic achievements are far behind those in other countries. In recent years, many states and localities have experimented with improving public schools.

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Business and Information Technology
Civics and Government
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Diagram/Illustration
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Independence Hall Association
Provider Set:
American Government
Date Added:
01/31/2018
"1500 Doomed":  People's Press  Reports on the Gauley Bridge Disaster
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The deadly lung disease silicosis is caused when miners, sandblasters, and foundry ...

The deadly lung disease silicosis is caused when miners, sandblasters, and foundry and tunnel workers inhale fine particles of silica dust--a mineral found in sand, quartz, and granite. In 1935, approximately 1,500 workers--largely African Americans who had come north to find work--were killed by exposure to silica dust while building a tunnel in Gauley Bridge, West Virginia. Ordinarily, silicosis takes a several years to develop, but these West Virginia tunnel workers were falling ill in a matter of months because of exposure to unusually high concentrations of silica dust. The crisis over silicosis suddenly became a national issue, as seen in this article in the radical newspaper Peoples' Press . In 1936 congressional hearings on the Gauley Bridge disaster, it was revealed that company officials and engineers wore masks to protect themselves when they visited the tunnel, but they failed to provide masks for the tunnelers themselves, even when the workers requested them.

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U.S. History
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American Social History Project / Center for History Media and Learning
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Center for History and New Media/American Social History Project
Date Added:
11/02/2017
1897 Petition Against the Annexation of Hawaii
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This site recounts the struggle for control of Hawaii between native Hawaiians ...

This site recounts the struggle for control of Hawaii between native Hawaiians and American business interests in the late 1800s. This 1897 petition and a lobbying effort by native Hawaiians convinced the U.S. Congress not to annex the islands. But months later the U.S.S. Maine exploded in Havana and the Spanish-American War began. The U.S. needed a mid-Pacific fueling station and naval base.

Primary source images, standards correlation, and teaching activities are included in this resource.

Subject:
U.S. History
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Provider:
National Archives and Records Administration
Date Added:
08/24/2007
18b. Hamilton's Financial Plan
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Presidents Washington ($1), Lincoln ($5), Jackson ($20), and Grant ($50) all appear ...

Presidents Washington ($1), Lincoln ($5), Jackson ($20), and Grant ($50) all appear on currency. But what about this guy Alexander Hamilton on the ten-spot? How did he get there? A sawbuck says you'll know the answer after reading this piece.

Subject:
Business and Information Technology
U.S. History
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Provider:
Independence Hall Association
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US History
Date Added:
01/31/2018
1900 America: Primary Sources and Epic Poetry
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To better understand the United States at the end of the nineteenth ...

To better understand the United States at the end of the nineteenth century, this interdisciplinary lesson integrates analyzing historical primary resources with literary analysis. Students work in groups and express themselves creatively through a multi-media epic poem. The artistic models for the students' multi-media epic poem are Walt Whitman's Song of Myself (1855) and Hart Crane's The Bridge (1930). These epic poets capture, interpret, and give meaning to their particular times and places. Students look to do the same with the year 1900, relying upon relevant primary resources -- sound recordings, images, text, and their own creative and interpretative voices.

Subject:
Literature
Fine Arts
U.S. History
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Lesson Plan
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Provider:
Library of Congress
Provider Set:
LOC Teachers
Date Added:
01/23/2004
1924 Early Years - Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams
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In this segment from the documentary Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams, Vel ...

In this segment from the documentary Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams, Vel Phillips introduces herself and shares about her early life and family.

Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams tells the story of one remarkable woman and the struggles she undertook to build a better community. Discover the story of civil rights activist Vel Phillips, Wisconsin's first African American woman elected secretary of state.

Lesson plans, other segments, the full documentary and other resources available at: https://wpteducation.org/vel-phillips-dream-big-dreams

Subject:
Social Studies
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Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
WPT Education
Author:
WPT Education
Date Added:
09/14/2016
1942 Howard University - Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams
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In this segment from the documentary Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams,"Vel Phillips ...

In this segment from the documentary Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams,"Vel Phillips experiences discrimination during college and marries her husband, Dale.

Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams tells the story of one remarkable woman and the struggles she undertook to build a better community. Discover the story of civil rights activist Vel Phillips, Wisconsin's first African American woman elected secretary of state.

Lesson plans, other segments, the full documentary and other resources available at: https://wpteducation.org/vel-phillips-dream-big-dreams.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
WPT Education
Author:
WPT Education
Date Added:
09/14/2016
1948 Law School - Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams
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In this segment from the documentary Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams, Vel ...

In this segment from the documentary Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams, Vel Phillips and her husband face discrimination while attending law school.

Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams tells the story of one remarkable woman and the struggles she undertook to build a better community. Discover the story of civil rights activist Vel Phillips, Wisconsin's first African American woman elected secretary of state.

Lesson plans, other segments, the full documentary and other resources available at: https://wpteducation.org/vel-phillips-dream-big-dreams

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
WPT Education
Author:
WPT Education
Date Added:
09/14/2016
1956 Alderwoman - Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams
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In this segment from the documentary Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams, learn ...

In this segment from the documentary Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams, learn how Vel Phillips had to overcome gender and race discrimination while in office.

Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams tells the story of one remarkable woman and the struggles she undertook to build a better community. Discover the story of civil rights activist Vel Phillips, Wisconsin's first African American woman elected secretary of state.

Lesson plans, other segments, the full documentary and other resources available at: https://wpteducation.org/vel-phillips-dream-big-dreams

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
WPT Education
Author:
WPT Education
Date Added:
09/14/2016