“Peace Little Girl” or “Daisy Girl” commercial, 1964

Perhaps the most controversial presidential campaign commercial ever aired, it is hard to grasp that it was only shown once, yet contributed to Johnson’s landslide victory in 1964.

We have included questions and answers for this commercial.

For more on this era check out our PowerPoints:

Simulation games:

Oliver Wendall Holmes, Jr. and Schenck v US, 1919

During WWI free speech was tested in the case of Schenck v. US.

Cited as one of the most important cases in Supreme Court history, we have included Holmes, Jr.’s opinion on the case in which the “clear and present danger” standard was introduced.

Here is a copy of the opinion as well as questions and answers for students. It is nice when they can read the document itself in order to understand the logic behind the decision.

For more on this era check out our US History WWI and World History WWI PowerPoints.

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Federalist 51

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The 85 essays known as the Federalist Papers were written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay with the purpose of convincing Americans to ratify the constitution. They are often cited when people strive to interpret the constitution as it was meant by the founding fathers.

For the purposes of teaching government, most teachers focus on Federalists 10, 51, and 78.

Today we are featuring Federalist 51, which covers the topic of federalism and separation of powers.

We have included the text of the essay, as well as questions and answers for students.