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In this 1787 letter, Jefferson writes to a friend about Shays' Rebellion, an armed uprising that took place in Massachusetts because of increasing dissatisfaction with State and Federal government. He argues that rebellion is necessary for the preservation of democratic societies.Pair “Thomas Jefferson on Shay’s Rebellion” with “How Haiti Saved the United States” and ask students to discuss Jefferson’s views on rebellion in context of both Shay’s Rebellion and the Haitian Revolution. Does the fact that Jefferson’s administration provided aid, albeit minor, to suppress the Haitian Revolt complicate his views?
On August 28, 1963, approximately 250,000 people participated in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. It was at this event where Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous, "I Have a Dream" speech. In this special series from NPR's Morning Edition, reporter Michelle Norris looks back on this important moment in Civil Rights history.Pair “For King’s Advisor, Fulfilling the Dream ‘Cannot Wait’” with “How Haiti Saved the United States” and ask students to discuss the impact prejudice and discrimination, and more importantly the fight to combat these social injustices, has had on North American history.
"Valley Forge and the American Revolution" explores the circumstances that led to American success in the Revolutionary War.Pair “Valley Forge and the American Revolution” with “How Haiti Saved the United States” and ask students to think about how the tone and theme of the latter piece parallel those of the former. How do the texts work together to promote a more nuanced understanding of American history? In combination with one another, how do they speak to the ways in which America has changed over time? Do you think the Haitians and von Steuben are appropriately honored in modern times when we think about the people who paved the way for American independence from Great Britain?