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America Responds to Terrorism

The destruction of New York City's World Trade Center and the attack on the Pentagon in Washington raise innumerable questions that can be dealt with in the classroom. Although the most recent terrorist attacks have the greatest impact on America, they are part of a long and tragic history of terrorism that has been developing around the globe for decades.

Constitutional Rights Foundation has prepared "America Responds to Terrorism," "War in Iraq," and " Reflecting on September 11 ," a series of online lessons and resources designed for classroom use. We will continue to add lessons on issues related to these troubling times. We at CRF hope you find these resources useful during this time of national crisis.

NEW, May 2011 : Islamist Terrorism From 1945 to the Death of Osama bin Laden

What Is Terrorism? 
Terrorism: How Have Other Countries Handled It? How Should We?  
Islamist Terrorism From 1945 to the Deathof Osama bin Laden

Reactions to Tragedy
Suggestions for Teachers
September 11—How Did You Feel?   
Handling Controversy   
How Youth Can Help—Service-Learning Project Suggestions

Information and Disinformation
Fact Finders—The Media During Times of Crisis  
Analyzing Rumors and Myths  
Press Freedom vs. Military Censorship (This lesson and others on the freedom and responsibilities of the press can be found in CRF's The Challenge of Information .)

Civil Liberties in Wartime
The Patriot Act: What Is the Proper Balance Between National Security and Individual Rights?  
Wartime and the Bill of Rights: The Korematsu Case  
Military Tribunals  
Lincoln and the "Writ of Liberty"  
The Palmer "Red Raids"  
A "Clear and Present Danger"  
The Alien and Sedition Acts: Defining American Freedom 
The Information Revolution: A Hypothetical Case  
Do We Need a New Constitutional Convention?

Islamic Issues
Origins of Islamic Law  
Blasphemy! Salman Rushdie and Freedom of Expression

International Law and Organizations
The United Nations: Fifty Years of Keeping the Peace 
Do We Need a Permanent International Criminal Court?  
Firestorms: The Bombing of Civilians in World War II

Terrorism Links
A comprehensive set of links to lessons, media sources, government sources, and information on the Middle East, Afghanistan, Osama bin Laden, maps and geography, Islam, tolerance, think tanks, commentary, and other collections of links on terrorism.