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Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Notorious RBG

Introduction “Women belong in all places where decisions are being made.”  “As women achieve power, the barriers will fall. As society sees what women can do, as women see what...

Civil Rights Act of 1964: In Pursuit of Equality

Introduction On June 11, 1963, President John F. Kennedy addressed the country in a televised speech that argued emphatically for a more robust Civil Rights Act. “This nation, for...

The Red Summer: Summer of Racial Discontent

Background In 1910, Black families began moving from the rural south, where Jim Crow laws institutionalized discrimination, to industrialized northern cities. This movement, calle...

The Roman Republic: Separation of Powers

Background The Roman Republic began in 509 B.C. after Rome’s last king, Tarquinius Superbus, was expelled from the city. This event resulted from a number of abuses, the most prom...

Thomas Paine’s Common Sense: Call to Arms

Have You Ever? Have you ever heard an impassioned speech that motivated you to action? Did you ever read an article that completely changed your perspective? Or maybe you listened...

Maximilien Robespierre: Beliefs vs Actions

Background Take a moment to picture the ideal, perfect world. Odds are you thought about world peace, global health, the end of poverty, and an overall raised standard of living. ...

Boston Tea Party: A Brewing Cup of Rebellion

Have You Ever? Your parents have always been fairly hands-off: they let you make your own choices and learn your own mistakes. Then one day, they start exercising some control ove...

Equal Pay Act: An Early Step Toward Reducing the Wage Gap

Introduction Sofia and her friend Gabriel decide to start a lawn-mowing business. To start, they’ve decided they will each go to a few of their neighbors, offer to mow the lawn, a...

Susan B. Anthony: Pioneer for Women’s Rights

Background The struggle for suffrage for African Americans and women was constant throughout the nineteenth century and lasted through the early twentieth century. African America...

The Equal Rights Amendment: An Ongoing Struggle

Introduction Have you ever heard of the Equal Rights Amendment? The Equal Rights Amendment was the first and only piece of legislation proposed to assure equal protection under th...