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Compare the Ship that bore them hither with Noah's Ark: Francis Daniel Pastorius Describes his impressions of Pennsylvania, 1683
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Francis Daniel Pastorius arrived in Pennsylvania in 1683, commissioned by the Frankfort ... More

Francis Daniel Pastorius arrived in Pennsylvania in 1683, commissioned by the Frankfort Land Company and a group of German merchants to obtain 15,000 acres of land for a settlement in the new colony of Pennsylvania. Pastorius, well educated in European universities, reported back to his friends in Germany. This report was later published as Positive Information From America, concerning the Country of Pennsylvania by a German who Traveled There (1684), a promotional tract to encourage other Germans to immigrate. Pastorius found the journey to be difficult but the prospects attractive. He remarked notably upon the ethnic and religious complexity of the colony. Pennsylvania attracted many colonists seeking religious freedom and communal prosperity. Pastorius went on to lead settlement of Mennonites and Quakers at Germantown. Less

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American Social History Project / Center for History Media and Learning
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Center for History and New Media/American Social History Project
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The Contemporary American Family, Spring 2004
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The role of the family in human evolution, and as a symbol ... More

The role of the family in human evolution, and as a symbol in our own social and political lives. Topics include: sex, marriage, and parenting; the labor market; class, race, and ethnicity; and the family's probable future. We begin by considering briefly the evolution of the family, its cross-cultural variability, and its history in the West. We next examine how the family is currently defined in the U.S., discussing different views about what families should look like. Class and ethnic variability and the effects of changing gender roles are discussed in this section. We next look at sexuality, traditional and non-traditional marriage, parenting, divorce, family violence, family economics, poverty, and family policy. Controversial issues dealt with include day care, welfare policy, and the "Family Values" debate. Less

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U.S. History
Anthropology
Economics
Women's Studies
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M.I.T.
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MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Jackson, Jean Elizabeth
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Data Analysis of Socio-Economic Status
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The purpose of this assignment is to apply what you have learned ... More

The purpose of this assignment is to apply what you have learned in this course regarding the consequences of marginalization to an analysis of actual Census data for the United States in the year 2000. For this assignment, we will explore the impact of racial affiliation and sex on social class, as represented by socio-economic status (SES): level of education, occupation and income. Less

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Education
Life Science
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Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN)
TeachingWithData.org
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DataCounts!
TeachingWithData.org
Author:
James A. Vela-McConnell
SSDAN
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Debs Attacks "the Monstrous System" of Capitalism
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In 1912, four candidates battled to become President of the United States. ... More

In 1912, four candidates battled to become President of the United States. Republican incumbent William Howard Taft and Democrat Woodrow Wilson, a moderate governor, represented the two major parties. Former President Theodore Roosevelt, angered over what he felt was a betrayal of his policies by Taft, his hand-picked successor, abandoned the Republican party and founded the Progressive or "Bull Moose" Party. While all four candidates appealed directly to working-class voters, whose votes would prove decisive, by far the most radical platform in the campaign was that of the Socialist Party nominee, Eugene V. Debs. Running for the fourth time, Debs called for the abolition of capitalism rather than for its reform. In this speech accepting the party's nomination he proclaimed the Socialist Party "the party of progress, the party of the future." Debs finished last in the contest, receiving 900,000 votes. Less

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U.S. History
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American Social History Project / Center for History Media and Learning
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Center for History and New Media/American Social History Project
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"A Devil to Tempt and a Corrupt Heart to Deceive," John Dane Battles Life's Temptations, ca. 1670s.
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John Dane, a tailor, was born in Berkhampstead, England, around 1612. In ... More

John Dane, a tailor, was born in Berkhampstead, England, around 1612. In the late 1630s, which he recollects here as a period of "a great coming to New England," he and his family emigrated to Ipswich, Massachusetts. He died in Ipswich in 1684. Dane's parents, like many Puritan parents, raised their children to carry what historian Philip Greven calls an "inner disciplinarian" within their own consciences at all times. Dane's mother reminded him: "Go where you will, God will find you out." In this narrative, Dane, who always remembered her warning, related the temptations he faced over the course of his life--to steal, to accept the advances of women, to avoid church--and the prices he negotiated with an all-seeing God. (The spelling of this selection has been regularized to make it easier to read.) Less

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Religious Studies
U.S. History
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American Social History Project / Center for History Media and Learning
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Center for History and New Media/American Social History Project
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Differences in Social Class Status and Poverty Levels Among Older Adults in the United States
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For this assignment, we will explore differences by gender, race/ethnicity, and age ... More

For this assignment, we will explore differences by gender, race/ethnicity, and age group in social class status and poverty rates among the older population (age 65 or older). Less

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Life Science
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Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN)
TeachingWithData.org
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DataCounts!
TeachingWithData.org
Author:
Patricia P. Lynott
SSDAN
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Disability: Equality/Inequality
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This module examines the disability community and inequality. Students will attempt to ... More

This module examines the disability community and inequality. Students will attempt to determine which is the best indicator of disability and will form a composite to describe the disability community. Less

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Education
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Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN)
TeachingWithData.org
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DataCounts!
TeachingWithData.org
Author:
Robert T. Hall
SSDAN
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Diversity in Family and Household Patterns
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This module is designed to illustrate differences in family and household composition ... More

This module is designed to illustrate differences in family and household composition patterns for different groups based on race/ethnicity and social class. It also serves as a review of key methodological concepts introduced in the first part of the course. Less

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Mathematics
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Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN)
TeachingWithData.org
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DataCounts!
TeachingWithData.org
Author:
Richard Bulcroft
SSDAN
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Do Blacks Earn Less than Whites and Why?
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In this module, students will explore the numerous factors contributing to earnings ... More

In this module, students will explore the numerous factors contributing to earnings differences, including education and race. Less

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Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN)
TeachingWithData.org
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DataCounts!
TeachingWithData.org
Author:
Jeffrey Leiter
SSDAN
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Education and Earnings: Does Education Pay?
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Overall, we see that even when controlling for occupation, gender continues to ... More

Overall, we see that even when controlling for occupation, gender continues to affect earnings: women make less than men. In this exercises, students will examine the influence of education on earnings. Do higher levels of education lead to higher earnings? Less

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Education
Life Science
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Teaching and Learning Strategies
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Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN)
TeachingWithData.org
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DataCounts!
TeachingWithData.org
Author:
Jill Bouma
SSDAN
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Education in America
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Focusing on education, we will examine the changes from 1950 to 1990 ... More

Focusing on education, we will examine the changes from 1950 to 1990 in the numbers, race, gender, and occupations of high school and college graduates. Turning our attention to cohorts and population structure, we will trace birth trends over the past four decades, namely the Baby Boom, and discuss possible causes and effects. Less

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Education
Life Science
Mathematics
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Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN)
TeachingWithData.org
Provider Set:
DataCounts!
TeachingWithData.org
Author:
Nancy Davis
SSDAN
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"Eight Hours a Day and Better Conditions": Andrew Pido Explains His Support for the 1919 Steel Strike
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In the dramatic 1919 steel strike, 350,000 workers walked off their jobs ... More

In the dramatic 1919 steel strike, 350,000 workers walked off their jobs and crippled the industry. The U.S. Senate Committee on Education and Labor set out to investigate the strike while it was still in progress. In his testimony before the committee, Slavic steelworker Andrew Pido described the discrimination faced by some immigrant workers and how that discrimination - along with long pay and poor conditions--encouraged them to unionize and strike. Less

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U.S. History
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American Social History Project / Center for History Media and Learning
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Many Pasts (CHNM/ASHP)
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Center for History and New Media/American Social History Project
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Ethnic Politics I, Fall 2003
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This course is designed to provide students with a broad overview of ... More

This course is designed to provide students with a broad overview of the major theories on the relationship between ethnicity and politics. The first section discusses ethnicity as a dependent variable. This section studies the forces that shape the development of ethnic identities and their motivating power. The second section addresses ethnicity as an independent variable. In other words, it focuses on how ethnicity operates to affect important political and economic outcomes. Graduate students from all subfields and methodological backgrounds are encouraged to take the course regardless of their previous level of acquaintance with ethnic politics. Less

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Ethnic Studies
Political Science
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M.I.T.
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MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Petersen, Roger
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Ethnic and National Identity, Fall 2011
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An introduction to the cross-cultural study of ethnic and national identity. We ... More

An introduction to the cross-cultural study of ethnic and national identity. We examine the concept of social identity, and consider the ways in which gendered, linguistic, religious, and ethno-racial identity components interact. We explore the history of nationalism, including the emergence of the idea of the nation-state, as well as ethnic conflict, globalization, identity politics, and human rights. Less

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Anthropology
Ethnic Studies
Women's Studies
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M.I.T.
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MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Jean Jackson
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Ethnicity and Race in World Politics, Fall 2005
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Ethnic and racial conflict appear to be the hallmark of the new ... More

Ethnic and racial conflict appear to be the hallmark of the new world order. What accounts for the rise of ethnic/racial and nationalist sentiments and movements? What is the basis of ethnic and racial identity? What are the political claims and goals of such movements and is conflict inevitable? Introduces students to dominant theoretical approaches to race, ethnicity, and nationalism, and considers them in light of current events in Africa, Europe, and the Americas. Discerning the ethnic and racial dimensions of politics is considered by some indispensable to understanding contemporary world politics. This course seeks to answer fundamental questions about racial and ethnic politics. To begin, what are the bases of ethnic and racial identities? What accounts for political mobilization based upon such identities? What are the political claims and goals of such mobilization and is conflict between groups and/or with government forces inevitable? How do ethnic and racial identities intersect with other identities, such as gender and class, which are themselves the sources of social, political, and economic cleavages? Finally, how are domestic ethnic/racial politics connected to international human rights? To answer these questions, the course begins with an introduction to dominant theoretical approaches to racial and ethnic identity. The course then considers these approaches in light of current events in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe, and the United States. Less

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Political Science
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M.I.T.
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MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Nobles, Melissa
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"Evacuation Was a Mistake": Anger at Being Interned
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America fought World War II to preserve freedom and democracy, yet that ... More

America fought World War II to preserve freedom and democracy, yet that same war featured the greatest suppression of civil liberties in the nation's history. In an atmosphere of hysteria, President Roosevelt, encouraged by officials at all levels of the federal government, authorized the internment of tens of thousands of American citizens of Japanese ancestry and resident aliens from Japan. The federal government tried to monitor conditions inside the relocation camps and keep tabs on the feelings and attitudes of the internees. An interview conducted in the Manzanar, California, camp in July 1943 by a U.S. government employee with a man identified only as "an Older Nisei" (an American-born person whose parents were born in Japan) revealed the anger many internees felt toward the United States. Asserting his loyalty and his early willingness to support the war effort, the Older Nisei condemned the evacuation of Japanese Americans from the West Coast. He questioned why the government did not act similarly against citizens of German and Italian descent. Less

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U.S. History
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American Social History Project / Center for History Media and Learning
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Center for History and New Media/American Social History Project
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Executive Order 9066: The President Authorizes Japanese Relocation
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In an atmosphere of World War II hysteria, President Roosevelt, encouraged by ... More

In an atmosphere of World War II hysteria, President Roosevelt, encouraged by officials at all levels of the federal government, authorized the internment of tens of thousands of American citizens of Japanese ancestry and resident aliens from Japan. Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066, dated February 19, 1942, gave the military broad powers to ban any citizen from a fifty- to sixty-mile-wide coastal area stretching from Washington state to California and extending inland into southern Arizona. The order also authorized transporting these citizens to assembly centers hastily set up and governed by the military in California, Arizona, Washington state, and Oregon. Although it is not well known, the same executive order (and other war-time orders and restrictions) were also applied to smaller numbers of residents of the United States who were of Italian or German descent. For example, 3,200 resident aliens of Italian background were arrested and more than 300 of them were interned. About 11,000 German residents--including some naturalized citizens--were arrested and more than 5000 were interned. Yet while these individuals (and others from those groups) suffered grievous violations of their civil liberties, the war-time measures applied to Japanese Americans were worse and more sweeping, uprooting entire communities and targeting citizens as well as resident aliens. Less

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U.S. History
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American Social History Project / Center for History Media and Learning
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Many Pasts (CHNM/ASHP)
Author:
Center for History and New Media/American Social History Project
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Exploring Education Attainment of U.S. Native-born and Foreign-born
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This module explores the effects of nativity, race, and ethnicity on educational ... More

This module explores the effects of nativity, race, and ethnicity on educational attainment in the U.S. Less

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Education
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Teaching and Learning Strategies
Provider:
Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN)
TeachingWithData.org
Provider Set:
DataCounts!
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Author:
Elhum Haghighat-Sordellini
SSDAN
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Eye on the East: Labor Calls for Ban on Chinese Immigration
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The San Francisco Building Trades Council (BTC), which Patrick McCarthy helped organize ... More

The San Francisco Building Trades Council (BTC), which Patrick McCarthy helped organize in 1898, actively participated in the anti-Asian agitation that characterized California politics, particularly labor politics, in the late-19th century. The BTC, like the national American Federation of Labor (AFL), argued that the very presence of Chinese (and, after 1900, Japanese and Korean immigrants as well) dragged down the living standards of white workers. This memorial from a 1901 Chinese exclusion convention in San Francisco devoted to strategies for preventing Chinese immigration, called on Congress to use its legislative powers to limit the arrival of Asian aliens to America. It was reprinted in a 1902 AFL pamphlet. Less

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U.S. History
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Readings
Provider:
American Social History Project / Center for History Media and Learning
Provider Set:
Many Pasts (CHNM/ASHP)
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Center for History and New Media/American Social History Project
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Factors Associated with Perceived Parental Academic Monitoring in a Population of Low-Income, African American Young Adolescents
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Perceptions of general parental support and peer groups offer insight into why ... More

Perceptions of general parental support and peer groups offer insight into why parental academic monitoring allow only some African American urban youth to succeed academically. Less

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Education
Life Science
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Reference
Provider:
Association for Middle Level Education
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Association for Middle Level Education
Author:
Andrea C. Gielen
Barry S. Solomon
Bruce G. Simons-Morton
Denise L. Haynie
Jessica Miller Rath
Research in Middle Level Education Online
Tina L. Cheng
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