Free Resources Archive

  • Veterans’ Day

    Do you know the origins of Veterans’ Day? November 11 originally marked the end of World War I. The armistice that ended the fighting in World War I was signed in Marshal Ferdinand Foch’s railroad car in France at 11:00 am on November 11, 1918. There were huge public celebrations in Paris, London, and in New York City, where more than a million Americans hurled ticker tape out their windows and danced in the street. In 1954, what had been known as Armistice Day became Veterans’ Day, a day to honor all veterans of foreign wars.

    free resource button small  Veterans’ DaySome of the events leading up to Armistice Day are covered in this chapter from Defining Moments: World War I and the Age of Modern Warfare.

    Additional information about World War I and Armistice Day can be found in Defining Moments: World War I and the Age of Modern Warfare.

    Posted: November 10, 2017

  • November is National Diabetes Month

    Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. According to the American Diabetes Association, one in 10 American’s have diabetes and another 84 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

    free resource button small  November is National Diabetes MonthThis chapter, from Diabetes Sourcebook, 6th Edition, provides information and resources on healthy eating.

    Comprehensive information about the risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of diabetes is available in Diabetes Sourcebook, 6th Edition.

    Posted: November 5, 2017

  • October Is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

    The scope of domestic violence in our society is staggering. Its victims include men and women and people of every age, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and economic level. Many of those caught in the cycle of domestic violence feel isolated and powerless and do not know the avenues of help available to them.

    These resources from Domestic Violence Sourcebook provide information on organizations that provide help and support, including domestic violence hotlines, child abuse reporting numbers, and programs offering shelter for pets of domestic free resource button small  October Is Domestic Violence Awareness Monthviolence victims.

    Comprehensive information about violence, stalking, harassment, and other forms of abuse is available in Domestic Violence Sourcebook, 5th Edition.

    Posted: October 11, 2017

  • October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    A woman born in the United States today has a 1 in 8 chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during her life. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death for women in the United States. National Breast Cancer Awareness Month focuses attention on the disease and is chance to raise awareness about the importance of screening and the early detection.

    free resource button small  October Is Breast Cancer Awareness MonthThis directory of resources from Breast Cancer Sourcebook provides information on organizations that provide information, support, and advocacy for people with breast cancer.

    Comprehensive information about the risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of breast cancer is available in Breast Cancer Sourcebook, 5th Edition.

    Posted: October 5, 2017

  • September Is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

    Prostate cancer starts in the prostate, a small gland in the male reproductive system. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer diagnosed in men, after skin cancer. But this cancer can be treated successfully, and nearly 100% of men diagnosed today will still be alive in five years. Early detection and treatment can save lives, so routine testing is important.

    free resource button small  September Is Prostate Cancer Awareness MonthThis chapter from Cancer Sourcebook, 7th Edition, provides a wealth of information on prostate cancer, including a description of the disease, its symptoms, diagnostic tests, stages, treatment, and more.

    Comprehensive information about the causes, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of many different types of cancer is available in Cancer Sourcebook, 7th Edition.

    Posted: September 5, 2017

  • September Is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

    National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month calls attention to the dangerously high rates of obesity in American youth. The program’s goal is to build awareness about childhood obesity and encourage action. 1 in 3 children in the United States are overweight or obese. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

    free resource button small  September Is National Childhood Obesity Awareness MonthThis selection from Diet Information for Teens, 4th Edition, provides information on weight-loss and nutrition myths.

    Comprehensive information on nutrition, vitamins and minerals, the elements of food, smart eating plans, weight-related concerns, and a range of health conditions related to diet is available in Diet Information for Teens, 4th Edition.

    Posted: September 1, 2017

  • Labor Day

    Celebrated on the first Monday in September, Labor Day honors the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the nation, and celebrates the accomplishments of the labor movement in achieving increased wages and legal protections for workers. Labor Day has been a national holiday in the United States since 1894.

    free resource button small  Labor DayMore information about the history, customs, and traditions associated with Labor Day is available in this entry from Holiday Symbols and Customs, 5th Edition.

    More than 350 holidays and festivals from the United States and around the world are covered in Holiday Symbols and Customs, 5th Edition , with information on more than 1,000 symbols and customs associated with these special events.

    Posted: August 27, 2017

  • July Is National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness Month

    Each year in the United States, thousands of infants, children, teens, and adults suffer from cleft and craniofacial conditions. Some are born with congenital anomalies like cleft lip and palate, others with more complex, life-threatening craniofacial conditions.

    free resource button small  July Is National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness MonthDealing with a congenital condition can be very difficult, especially for new parents. Helpful information is provided in these two sections from Genetic Disorders Sourcebook: “When Your Baby Has a Birth Defect” and “Tips for Parenting a Child with a Disability.”

    Comprehensive information about the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of a wide range of congenital conditions is available in Genetic Disorders Sourcebook, 6th Edition.

    Posted: July 10, 2017

  • June Is Men’s Health Month

    The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. According to Dr. David Gremillion of the Men’s Health Network, “There is a silent health crisis in America. … It’s that fact that, on average, American men live sicker and die younger than American women.” This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to make their health a priority: to exercise regularly; to eat healthy; and to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.

    free resource button small  June Is Men’s Health MonthThis selection from Men’s Health Concerns Sourcebook, 5th Edition, provides information on two related topics: Preventing Heart Disease at Any Age and Heart Healthy Eating.

    Comprehensive information about the issues in men’s health, including facts on gender-specific health differences, leading causes of death in men, reproductive and sexual concerns, genetic disorders, mental health concerns, and alcohol and drug abuse is available in Men’s Health Concerns Sourcebook, 5th Edition.

    Posted: June 12, 2017

  • Brown v. Board of Education decision announced—May 17, 1954

    On May 17, 1954 the U.S. Supreme Court announced its landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education, outlawing segregation in public schools. In the first half of the twentieth century, the forced segregation of people by race had effectively become the law of the land in the United States. The Supreme Court’s ruling that “separate but equal” facilities and accommodations were constitutional had resulted in blacks and whites being segregated in virtually all areas of daily life. Some of the most egregious examples of racial bigotry and discrimination occurred in the nation’s public schools. In Brown v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court concluded that the segregation of public school children violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Finding that, “In the field of public education the doctrine of ‘separate but equal’ has no place,” the court’s decision forever changed education in the United States and was a watershed moment in the struggle for racial equality.

    free resource button small  Brown v. Board of Education decision announced—May 17, 1954Drafting a straightforward opinion that eschewed sentiment or blame, Chief Justice Earl Warren was able to gain unanimous approval for the decision from his eight colleagues. Excerpts from the Supreme Court’s majority opinion are provided in this selection from Defining Moments: Brown v. Board of Education.

    Additional information about the events leading up to and following the decision, plus more biographies of the key players and related primary source documents, can be found in Defining Moments: Brown v. Board of Education.

    Posted: May 7, 2017