As the 2008 presidential election campaign starts to heat up, students can spend the fall exploring politics and conflicts with three new free "History and the Headlines" collections from ABC-CLIO. "History and the Headlines" is a free online resource from ABC-CLIO and leading history organizations, such as The History Channel and National History Day. Each site is designed to provide authoritative and engaging information to help students dissect and understand important events and movies based on historical events.
Launching August 15, "History and the Headlines: Arab- Israeli Wars: 60 Years of Conflict" will allow students to investigate the historical dilemma at the core of this bloody, long- running conflict. Resources from ABC-CLIO’s "Encyclopedia of the Arab- Israeli Conflict: A Political, Social, and Military History" and video clips provided by The History Channel will help students critically examine the issues around this six-decade conflict and discuss the question, "Do Arabs or Jews have a historical right to the land known as Palestine?"
A special "Reel to Real" edition of "History and the Headlines," debuting on September 26, will help students connect the fictionalized story in Spike Lee’s highly anticipated World War II film, "Miracle at St. Anna," to the role that African Americans played in the military during World War II. "History and the Headlines: African Americans in World War II" focuses on the experience of African Americans during this global conflict, with resources from ABC-CLIO’s five-volume "Encyclopedia of World War II: A Political, Social, and Military History."
Later in the fall, students can explore what happens when conflict enters the Oval Office with "Frost/Nixon," also a "Reel to Real" edition of "History and the Headlines." This site, debuting on November 28, will help students understand the events leading up to former President Richard Nixon’s controversial post-resignation interview with British journalist David Frost that is the focus of Ron Howard’s new film, "Frost/Nixon." Using primary source documents, they can examine the role of each player in the Watergate scandal, such as chief of staff H. R. Haldeman, domestic affairs advisor John Ehrlichman, and journalist Bob Woodward, and think critically about the way this scandal changed the course of U.S. history.
A fourth fall edition of "History and the Headlines," focusing on the 2008 Presidential Election, will launch in early September. To sign up to receive information about this special site and future topics in "History and the Headlines," visit www.abc-clio.com/historyandtheheadlines.
Source: ABC-CLIO, www.abc-clio.com