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Using the State Curriculum: Social Studies, Grade 8

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Standard 1.0 Political Science

Topic B. Individual and Group Participation in the Political System

Indicator 1. Analyze the influence of individuals and groups on shaping public policy

Objective d. Explain how the media, interest groups, and public opinion affected elected officials and government policy prior to the Civil War

Resource Links

http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html
Home page for the Library of Congress’s “American Memory” page. Use the search box in the top right corner to locate primary evidence of stimuli such as broadsides, news articles, political cartoons, or political banners that may have influenced public opinion on a wide variety of issues from early U.S. history.
http://www.edb.utexas.edu/resources/team/media_education.html
“Media Education in the Social Studies” Web page, from the University of Texas School of Education. Contains essay explaining the importance of teaching students about the media, as well as links to lesson plans.
http://www.pbs.org/now/politics/mediahistory.html
“Milestones in the History of Media and Politics” timeline, from PBS show “Now.”
http://www.gwu.edu/~smpa/faculty/documents/Harvard.pdf
“Investigative Reporting Cycles in U.S. history.” Scholarly article features a history of “muckraking” in U.S. history since colonial days.
http://www.nyu.edu/classes/stephens/Collier's%20page.htm
Encyclopedia article on history of American newspapers, from New York University journalism professor Mitchell Stephens
http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2008661727/
1824 pro-tariff broadside mobilizing manufacturing interests to oppose Andrew Jackson’s candidacy for President. Source illustrates techniques used by early American interest groups to influence public opinion.
http://explorepahistory.com/displayimage.php?imgId=1-2-1AB7
1829 broadside calling for mobilization of laborers in Philadelphia. Source illustrates techniques used by early American interest groups to influence public opinion.
http://depts.washington.edu/labhist/laborpress/Kelling.htm
A brief history of pro-labor journalism in the United States. Describes the history of the Mechanics Free Press, a newspaper published in Philadelphia by the Mechanics Union of Trade Associations. Source illustrates techniques used by early American interest groups to influence public opinion, and provides an example of the 19th-Century subjective press.
http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/african/afam005.html
A brief history of the abolitionist movement, from the Library of Congress. Describes techniques and accomplishments of various abolitionist interest groups.
http://www.ohiohistorycentral.org/entry.php?rec=832
History of the American Anti-Slavery Society, from Ohio History Central
http://chnm.gmu.edu/lostmuseum/searchlm.php?function=find&exhibit=temperance&browse=temperance
The Temperance Archive. Describes history of American temperance movement, including coverage of temperance interest groups. Site features links to other temperance Web pages.
http://elections.harpweek.com/campaigning-3.htm
Harp Week’s summary of media and polling in 19th century politics. Harp Week site also contains extensive primary examples of stimuli that might have affected public opinion
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