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        The Sixties | History Detectives

        The 1960s were an era of great cultural change in the United States. The Civil Rights movement was in full swing, the Vietnam War ignited protests across the country, and rock and roll was king of the charts. These lesson plans are based on History Detectives episodes that examine cultural artifacts from the Sixties, including a first-hand account of the Vietnam War written by a North Vietnamese soldier, Bob Dylan’s electric guitar, and an amp from Motown Record’s house bass player.

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        History Detectives: Dylan Plugs In

        In this video (corresponding documents under Support Materials), students learn about Bob Dylan’s transformation from folk hero to blues rocker through excerpts from the History Detective's Bob Dylan Guitar investigation. They then compare and contrast reactions to Bob Dylan’s playing electric guitar at the Newport Folk Festival in order to understand how that one event came to symbolize larger social changes.

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        History Detectives: Incredible Leaps

        In this video (corresponding documents under "support materials"), students learn about Bob Dylan’s transformation from folk hero to blues rocker through excerpts from the Bob Dylan Guitar investigation. They then compare and contrast reactions to Bob Dylan’s playing electric guitar at the Newport Folk Festival in order to understand how that one event came to symbolize larger social changes.

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        History Detectives: Shattering Race Barriers and Chart Records

        Students view an excerpt from the Motown Amp investigation in which they learn about bassist James Jamerson and the role of Motown Records in the Civil Rights Movement. They then analyze Motown’s role its role in desegregating popular entertainment (documents in the Support Materials section below).

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        History Detectives: Translating the Diary

        In this lesson (corresponding documents under "support materials"), students watch a clip from the episode Vietnam Diary that introduces them to the diary of a member of the Communist Youth Party and soldier from North Vietnam. They then analyze arguments for and against the Vietnam War to determine what made this war so controversial.

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        James Jamerson Jr. Describes "My Girl"

        Students view an excerpt from the Motown Amp investigation in which they learn about bassist James Jamerson and the role of Motown Records in the Civil Rights Movement. They then analyze Motown’s role in desegregating popular entertainment.

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        History Detectives: Anti-War Protesters

        In this lesson (corresponding documents under Support Materials), students watch a clip from the History Detectives episode "Vietnam Diary" that introduces them to the diary of a member of the Communist Youth Party and soldier from North Vietnam. They then analyze arguments for and against the Vietnam War to determine what made this war so controversial.

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