• The Ambitious Guest

    The Ambitious Guest By Nathaniel Hawthorne 1837 Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) was an American author, best known for his Romantic novel The Scarlett Letter. Much of Hawthorne’s writing is set in New England, including the following story, which is based off of a true event: the Wiley tragedy of Crawford Notch, New Hampshire. In this story, a young traveler with big dreams stops by a family cottage in the mountain pass. As you read, take notes on how setting and narrative contribute to the story's dramatic irony.

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  • The Monroe Doctrine and American Imperialism

    The Monroe Doctrine was a United States policy beginning in 1823 that opposed Europe’s colonization of the Americas. Mike Kubic, a former Newsweek magazine correspondent, discusses the parameters of the policy, as well as its effects both nationally and globally. As you read, take note of how the meaning and implementation of the Monroe Doctrine have changed over time, and the effect that this has had on America’s foreign policy

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  • The Coeur d’Alene Miners’ Uprising

    In 1892, unionized miners in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho went on strike because companies were cutting their salaries and increasing their hours. The companies recruited new workers by advertising in other states without mentioning the strike. They also hired guards to protect the replacement workers and labor spies to infiltrate the miners’ union. When strikers discovered the spies, violence broke out between guards and union workers, with many replacement workers attacked. Three union men and two company men were killed, with 17 more union men injured. The governor declared martial law and called in the Idaho National Guard to suppress the violence and arrest over 600 union men. The strike inspired workers to establish the Western Federation of Miners union, which aimed to outlaw labor spies. As you read, identify and analyze the word choice that the journalists use to write about the miners and their strike.

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  • The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

    The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of March 25, 1911, was the deadliest industrial disaster in U.S. history. The fatal event resulted in numerous factory workers’ deaths and stunned the public. Mike Kubic, a former correspondent of Newsweek magazine, discusses the mistakes that led to this deadly disaster, as well as the drive for safer working conditions that followed. As you read, take notes on the working conditions that contributed to the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire and deaths, and then identify the effects of the disaster.

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  • Voices Against Conformity: America in the 1950s

    Following the end of World War II, the 1950s were a time when Americans strove to mimic the American Dream they saw depicted on television and in movies. While some Americans conformed, others were excluded or rebelled against this lifestyle. This informational text discusses the conflicting experiences of citizens in America, as well as the social activism and art of the 1950s that challenged widely-held beliefs. As you read, take note of how and why citizens’ experiences differed in America during the 1950s.

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