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Free Resources: Fall 2008 “History and the Headlines” Collections From ABC-CLIO

Posted Aug 13, 2008
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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


Source: ABC-CLIO,

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