War of Words
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Students reflect on issues concerning journalistic responsibility and propaganda, focusing on pro-American propaganda in Iraq's and Afghanistan's media. They write a reflection about the media's role in balancing justice, truth and objectivity.
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World War I Propaganda Project
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The Seven Years War and the Great Awakening
This fantastic video discusses the economic foundations and major implications of the Seven Years War in the United States. It begins by covering the roots of the war in the battle between the British and French over trade in the...
11 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable