Main idea of the lesson: The story of power, justice, and opportunity is complicated. It is not one of constant or linear progression and expansion, as young people often think.
Time to complete: 2 – 3 class periods
Students read and watch several source documents and then have a rich class discussion on the following questions:
- How have power and justice played out over American history?
- How are fair pay and working conditions related to freedom?
- What is the role of government in promoting fairness in economic opportunity?
- Should we be concerned about an ever-widening gap between the extremely wealthy and the working class? Does this strengthen or threaten the American dream?