Thursday, April 16, 2009

Tea Parties Then and Now

Yesterday was Tax Day here in the United States. Across the country various groups, including one here in Maine, organized "tea parties" to protest excessive taxation. Today's episode of CNN Student News starts out with a three minute segment about the various protests that took place yesterday. The video is embedded below.

Applications for Education
This video could be used to start a good classroom discussion about the size of the federal government, the role of government in the lives of private citizens, and the question of where does tax money go?

The video makes a comparison to the Boston Tea Party of 1773. You could have students compare the issues surrounding the Boston Tea Party and the issues surrounding today's tax system. The National Archives has a some good primary documents and lesson plans about the Boston Tea Party that you may want to explore.

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