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Young People Shake Up Elections (History Proves It)
With and without the vote and throughout American history, young people have been a force to be reckoned with as they take action and stand in support of the issues that matter most. In 2020 this legacy will continue; 22 million young people will be eligible to vote in American elections for the first time and countless more will likely participate in the electoral process in other ways. The Young People Shake Up Elections (History Proves It) video series from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History shares 10 stories of young people shaping and changing elections throughout American history.
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Becoming US is a new educational resource for middle and high school teachers and students to learn immigration and migration history in a more accurate and inclusive way.
The people of North America came from many cultures and spoke different languages long before the founding of the United States, even before European contact. At the center of Becoming US is the understanding that some people were already in the land that is today the United States, some people were brought against their will, some people came voluntarily, and some people never moved, but became part of the United States as its border expanded to include them.
Explore five units with your students today: Borderlands, Education, Policy, Belonging, and Resistance.