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This rousing speech by President Lyndon B. Johnson was delivered right after civil rights protesters were brutally beaten on "Bloody Sunday." This speech is considered one of the best presidential speeches in history, and eventually led to The Voting Rights Act of 1965.Pair “What Past Generations Can Teach Us About Our Future” with Lyndon B. Johnson’s speech, “We Shall Overcome.” Johnson, born in 1908, was a member of the GI Generation. Use this text to promote discussion as to whether or not this famous speech, and the historical incidents it refers to, accurately follows Kubic’s definition of a generation in “Crisis.”
What makes a person who they are? Is it their genes, or because of how they were brought up? If two people are brought up in the same home environment, will they be the same? For years, scientists have been debating the answer to these questions. This article explores the concept of nature vs. nurture and the debate surrounding the two sides.Pair “What Past Generations Can Teach Us About Our Future” with “The Nature vs. Nurture Debate” to give students a background on theories about what makes us who we are. Which side would Strauss and Howe take?
Written by American poet Walt Whitman (1819-1892), the father of free verse, this epic, "Song of Myself," contains 52 verses, has strong influence from the transcendental movement, and is regarded as one of the greatest depictions of the American experience.Pair “What Past Generations Can Teach Us About Our Future” with “Excerpts from 'Song of Myself': 1, 2, 6, 52” to prompt students to discuss what traits and ideals may have defined Whitman’s generation. The poem was written in 1855 around times of unrest from the Civil War. Can a case be made to fit Whitman’s view of identity into the larger theory of generational cycles?