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Perceived Injustice & Citizen Response

Friendship FDC

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Ask students to define the words “republic” and “democracy’. How does a democracy or republic sustain itself? What role do citizens play in the functioning of the government, whether it be local, state, or national? If citizens disagree with laws passed by their representatives what can they do?

According to the dictionary, “an alliance is a relationship among people, groups or states that have joined together for mutual benefit or to achieve some common purpose.” Show the above first day cover and discuss how Friendship is the Key to World Peace. How might it be the key to peace on the playground or court? Can students share examples of that “peacekeeping”? Is ally another word for friend? Can nations be friends? During the American Revolution, Ben Franklin made friends with Frenchman Comte de Vergennes. Both men worked to create a French Alliance in which the French government and military would support the American colonies against the British. Out of that alliance agreement, France sent 12,000 soldiers, and the most famous soldier-statesman Marquis de Lafayette who joined General Washington’s staff, along with the French navy to assist in the defeat of the British. What did each nation receive from that friendship and alliance? Do any of the student’s descriptors apply to this alliance?

Comte de Vergennes FDC

Marquis de Lafayette

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In 1949, the United States joined with other European nations to form the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Study the first day cover to determine the purpose of NATO. If one purpose was for the “collective defence” then who was the threat? How would member nations protect each other? Does the use of military provide peace, justice and freedom? What similarities can students identify between the French Alliance and NATO?



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eBooks! United States History and Texas History

The Battles of Lexington & Concord

James Madison

Sojourner Truth

Civil War Centennial First Day Issue

United States History 1607-1877

Set One – Colonies through Revolutionary War 1607-1783 – 13 Lessons


Set Two – New Government – New Nation 1783-1820 – 11 Lessons


Set Three – Pre Civil War 1820-1860 – 11 Lessons


Set Four – Civil War – Reconstruction 1860-1877 – 12 Lessons


Statue of Liberty First Day Issue

James Montgomery Flagg

FDR First Day Issue

Tear Down This Wall First Day Issue

United States History 1877-2001

Set Five – Gilded Age through Progressive Era 1877-1912 – 19 Lessons


Set Six – World War I through Roaring Twenties 1912-1933 - 10 Lessons


Set Seven – Great Depression through World War II 1933-1945 – 11 Lessons


Set Eight – Cold War and Civil Rights 1945-2001 – 19 Lessons


Texas History

Set Nine – Coronado through President G.W. Bush – 19 Lessons


Texas Reader – Including and Such As Texans – 20 Biographies of Texans


Each FDC Lessons eBook provides the teacher with warm up or review lessons including first day cover images as well as other primary sources as called for in the lesson. Each lesson is based on the students analyzing the images found on a first day cover (an envelope containing a commemorative stamp, appropriate postmark and artwork). The lessons provide the teacher with strategies to hook students on the topic of study, such as questions targeting the 5W/H as well as analyzing, generalizing, drawing inferences or conclusions, and cause and effect. Images can be projected onto a white board for whole class discussion or printed out for individual student work. Other primary sources (diary entries, letters, resolutions and excerpts from speeches) where appropriate may be included in the lesson, and each lesson has a concluding activity. The lessons can be a quick introduction to a fuller lesson all ready created by the teacher, or it can be a way to provide students with the images and facts needed to remember the history necessary to pass the state standardized tests. Lessons provide procedures, discussion questions, teacher notes, activities, Web sites, and one to four color reproductions of the first day covers. The eBooks are in pdf format. When purchased, each will be downloaded directly to your computer.