DBQuest introduces students to major questions in civics and history. A “Big Question” acts as guiding light for deep examination of three selected primary resources. Each document challenges students to dig into the text itself and find the relevant information through document–based supporting questions. 

  • A guiding question to address through three selected primary sources
  • Target evidence-based reading skills aligned with Common Core
  • A variety of texts, images, and video primary source artifacts to explore
  • Written reports mapping students’ thinking and work available in My iCivics
  • A Guided Mode providing scaffolding throughout the tool and a Freeform Mode that removes the additional assistance

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Hamilton and the National Bank

When Alexander Hamilton introduced the idea of a National Bank, it met with pushback from the likes of Madison and Jefferson. This battle was the nation's first constitutional crisis: Could the Congress take on a power not expressly listed in the Constitution? Was the Bank "necessary and proper" to other express powers?

This DBQuest takes students through the competing takes on the Bank and efforts to persuade President Washington to approve or veto the plan. 

Woman Suffrage and World War I

Students will learn how World War I impacted the woman suffrage movement. Sources will show how suffragists promoted woman suffrage as a war measure, how women’s roles expanded during the war and how suffragists used the stated purpose for fighting the war— fighting for democracy— to fight for this same right at home. The sources will also show how the tactics suffragists used varied and influenced public opinion both positively and negatively.

The Constitution's Cover Letter

In 1787, delegates to the Constitutional Convention decided that it was time for a change. A new plan for government was outlined in the Constitution, and it was George Washington's job to present this document to Congress. As with any important document, the Constitution was delivered with a letter of introduction. Part background, part persuasion, Washington's cover letter provides a behind-the-scenes look at how a new government came to be designed. 

Cherokee Resistance

The 1830 Indian Removal Act authorized President Andrew Jackson to negotiate treaties with tribes in order to relocate them to land west of the Mississippi & open their lands to white settlement. The Cherokee resisted relocation. This DBQuest looks at the responses of the Cherokee and how they tried to keep their sovereignty, or independence. Sources include speeches made by members of the Cherokee, Elias Boudinot and Major Ridge; as well as a petition to the U.S. Congress disputing the Treaty of New Echota.

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