Worksheets and Excerpts on History and Government

CREDIT: Elena Shanbaum

Carnegie Council has pulled excerpts from some of our most relevant primary sources and recent lectures for use in the social studies classroom. Each excerpt is in .doc form for easy teacher modifications. We have also provided the full transcript for each document for better context of the authors' arguments.

POLITICAL IDEOLOGIES New section for 2018!

GLOBAL HISTORY AND COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT
China, Russia, Nigeria, Mexico, UK, Iran, Middle East/Comparative Government Terms

U.S. HISTORY AND GOVERNMENT

Civil Rights, U.S. Government, Andrew Carnegie, Early 20th Century Peace Movements, World War I, Iraq War (New for 2018!)


CHINA:

Chinese Refugees' Perceptions of Commune Land Productivity versus Official Reports (1976)
Refugee Accounts of the Great Chinese Famine
Grade School during the Chinese Cultural Revolution (1973)
University during the Chinese Cultural Revolution (1973)
What are the Biggest Threats to China's Security?

How Does Geography Shape China's Domestic and Foreign Policies?


RUSSIA:

Was Soviet Policy Dictated by the Empire's Strength or Weakness? (1981)
How Democratic is Russia?

How did Russia's Oligarchs Rise to Power?
How Free is the Press in Russia?


NIGERIA:

How Should a Transitional Democracy Ensure Law and Order? (2002)
Working within Nigeria's Sharia Courts
Nigeria and the Horror of Boko Haram
Is Authoritarianism and Corruption Endemic in Nigeria? (2006)


MEXICO:

How did Mexico Evolve into a Democratic State?
Mexico, Civil Society, and Women's Rights
Is Mexico Ruled by an Elite Class? (1980)


UNITED KINGDOM:

Debating Tony Blair's Legacy (2007)
Why and How did the UK Privatize State-Owned Industries during the 1980s?
Arguments for Scottish Independence (2013)


IRAN:

Gender and Religion Discrimination in Iran
Is Iran a Theocracy, Democracy or Both?
How did the White Revolution Help Lead to the Fall of the Shah? (1979) 


MIDDLE EAST/COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT TERMS:

How Does Oil Help Determine the Democratic Nature of a State?
Why is the Resource Curse an Obstacle to National Prosperity?
Does Immigration Challenge National Sovereignty? 
How Should the U.S. Address Authoritarian States in the post-Arab Spring World?


U.S. CIVIL RIGHTS:

How Does the Civil Rights Movement Relate to the Plight of Refugees? (Bayard Rustin, 1978)
How Did the Cold War and Church Relate to the Civil Rights Movement? (March 1960)
Hawaiian Statehood and the Civil Rights Movement (August 1959)
Mass Civil Disobedience
MLK on the 1967 Race Riots
African American Identity and Double Consciousness


U.S. GOVERNMENT:

Why is Freedom of Speech So Unique in the United States?
Explaining American Populism


ANDREW CARNEGIE:

Andrew Carnegie short biography
Andrew Carnegie on the Ethics of Violence and War (January 1, 1914)
Andrew Carnegie's Vision of World Peace (political cartoon)


EARLY 20TH CENTURY PEACE MOVEMENTS:

Arguments Against Militarization and War (1914)
Did WWI Lead to Greater Internationalism? (1919)
Carrie Chapman Catt, the Church Peace Union, and a Campaign for Peace (1925) 


WORLD WAR I:

The Legacy of Civil Liberty Legislation during WWI


IRAQ WAR: New section for 2018!

Does the 2003 American Invasion of Iraq Qualify as a “Just War”?
Should the U.S. Have Invaded Iraq in 2003 for the Purpose of Democracy Promotion? 


POLITICAL IDEOLOGIES: New section for 2018!

What is a Liberal Democracy?
Why is Populism not Consistent with Liberal Democracy?
How Should We Define Fascism Today?
Illiberal Democracy and the Middle East
Socialism, Capitalism, and Social Democracy: A Primer