Conflict Resolution & US History

Conflict Resolution and United States History is the culmination of a ten-year Ford-Foundation funded project that involved 30 of the nation's most prominent historians working with more than 250 teachers. It provides rich historical roleplaying activities that motivate and engage students and enable them to understand multiple perspectives and primary sources, develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills, and appreciate that history is not an inevitable flow of events but rather the result and consequences of decisions made by individuals and groups.

A curriculum guide with 20 case studies from the colonial period through the 1990s is available for teachers to use to make the study of history real and relevant.

Curriculum Package

This comprehensive supplement for U.S. history teachers provides a motivating methodology for teaching American history. Students use conflict resolution and problem-solving skills to role-play historical figures and, in the process, gain important life skills and a rich understanding of history.
The curriculum includes:

  • The latest scholarship from more than 25 leading
  • historians.
  • Role-playing activities involving 20 conflicts in American history.
  • Practical lessons and materials on teaching conflict resolution skills.
  • A CD with reproducible primary source documents, overheads/student handouts, maps and illustrations.
  • A DVD showing middle and high school students engaged in role-playing historical figures using conflict resolution skills.

Each case study provides a detailed historical background, short biographies of key historical figures, an examination of the issues, multiple perspectives, and an analysis of the consequences, along with questions for discussion and a list of additional resources.


Volume One: The Colonial Period through Reconstruction

  • Native Americans and European Colonists: contrasting the Puritans and Quakers
  • Could the American Revolution have been avoided?
  • Slavery and the Constitutional Convention
  • Cherokee Indian Removal
  • The War between Mexico and the United States
  • The Compromise of 1850
  • Women’s Rights in the 19th Century
  • Post-Civil War Reconstruction

Volume Two: The Gilded Age through the 20th Century
  • Labor Relations during the Industrial Era: The Pullman Strike of 1894; The Paterson Silk Strike of 1913
  • Imperialism, Insurrection and Intervention in 1898
  • U.S. Entry into World War I
  • immigration Restrictions and the National Origins Act of 1924
  • Rosie the Riveter vs. G.I. Joe
  • The Montgomery Bus Boycott
  • The Cuban Missile Crisis
  • The U.S. and the War in Vietnam
  • The 1992 Los Angeles Riots
What Teachers Say About The Materials:

Teachers and students using the Conflict Resolutionand United States History curriculum materials report the following advantages over traditional lecture-style history classes:
  • Increased student motivation
  • Greater mastery of history
  • Richer understanding of historical developments
  • Improved critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Improved conflict resolution skills
  • Better classroom management skills for teachers.
Full Program Evaluation