America and World Fascism
From the Spanish Civil War to Nuremberg and Beyond
Professional Development›History and Social Studies
What is fascism? Where did it come from? How does it impact human rights? How did ideology shape the Spanish Civil War and WWII? What legacies did they pass on in the decades since–in Spain, the U.S., Europe, and globally?
For a century the world has experienced ideological–and actual–war between fascism and democratic-republicanism, anarchism, communism, and socialism. Examine the history of world fascism from its peak in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) and WWII in Europe (1939-1945) through the Nuremberg Trials (1945-1946) to today. Study and discuss the impact of fascist thought and action on human rights through that decade of war, to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the post-WWII era, with effects that reach into neo-Nazi, White Supremacist, and other present-day far-right movements in Europe, America, and around the globe.
- Delve into a compelling mix of primary sources: letters, propaganda posters, photographs, film, literature, and including trial documents and laws
- Experience hands-on, inquiry-based activities to engage students with this powerful political and philosophical subject
- Utilize practical tools to facilitate classroom discussion and student analysis of controversial topics and of bias
- Trace links throughout U.S. and World History, Civics and Government, with a particular focus on Spanish language and culture (around the Spanish Civil War and its aftermath)
- Create Common Core-aligned activities to engage students with this unique and compelling era and its enormous impact
- Learn powerful strategies to teach content and literacy
Join scholars Peter Carroll and Sebastiaan Faber, as well as veteran teacher leaders Kelley Brown and Rich Cairn. This workshop is offered in English with Spanish language breakout sessions and features resources and free curriculum from: the Library of Congress and the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives.
Audience and Grade Level
Social Studies Teachers, and Spanish and other World Language Teachers, Grades 4-12
22.5 PDPs or 1 graduate credit will be awarded to participants upon completion of this training. Graduate credit is available through Westfield State University at an additional cost of $125. Graduate credit registration and payment occurs at the first section meeting, and payment can be made by credit card or check at that time.
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