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Using the State Curriculum: Social Studies, Grade 8

Political Science | Peoples of the Nation and World | Geography | Economics | History | Social Studies Skills and Processes

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Standard 1.0 Political Science

Topic A. The Foundations and Function of Government

Indicator 3. Evaluate roles and policies of the United States government regarding public policy and issues

Objective a. Examine the effect that national interests have on shaping government policy, such as the abolitionist movement and slavery, states' rights, and regional commerce

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Teacher’s guide to PBS “The American Experience” documentary on Alexander Hamilton. A variety of lessons are centered on content that illustrates Hamilton’s national outlook
U.S. Senate Web page features biography of Henry Clay and a link to his famous speech, “In Defense of the American System,” which illustrates the concept of national interests
6-minute YouTube presentation on Henry Clay and the American System. Narration describes Clay’s belief in policies that would improve the entire nation rather than promote the interests of specific regions
Resources for Objective 1.A.3.a:
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