Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Citizenship Resources for Juneteenth

uscitzenpod: USCIS 100:76 Emancipation Proclamation and Juneteenth

Today we continue our exploration of the USCIS History and Government questions and African American History. Today we will talk about USCIS 100:76. What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?

We will first read about Q76 from the USCIS M638 quick civics lesson. Then we will listen to an interview with Robin Braxton who helps organizes our local Juneteenth festival. Robin will talk about Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day. Juneteenth celebrates the day when slaves in Texas heard about the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth is also a holiday that celebrates African American history and culture. Let's get started!

VOANews: Juneteenth – A Day to Reflect on the History and Legacy of Slavery in the US (2019)

On June 19, 1865, enslaved men and women in Texas finally learned that they were free — more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed all slaves in rebelling states. Every June 19th since, African Americans across the nation have held celebrations commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. VOA’s Jesusemen Oni has more.

A Juneteenth Citizenship Quiz: 19 Civics Questions that Celebrate Freedom
quiz pdf

More Juneteenth ESL/Citizenship Resources:

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Susan B. Anthony is fined $100 for attempting to vote

On November 5, 1872, American civil rights activist Susan B. Anthony voted in a presidential election. (She voted for the incumbent, Republican Ulysses S. Grant.) At that time, women were not allowed to vote. Two weeks later, Anthony was arrested.

On June 18, 1873 Susan B. Anthony is fined $100 for attempting to vote in the 1872 presidential election.“I shall never pay a dollar of your unjust penalty,” she said—and she never did.

It was more than 40 years before the 19th Amendment granted women the right to vote in the United States. On November 2, 1920, more than 8 million American women voted.

Learn more:

Monday, June 17, 2019

 Twenty four 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are seen in a combination from file photos. photo source

VOA Learning English: US Voters: Age Matters in Presidential Candidates

A recent public opinion survey found that Americans have concerns about the age of presidential candidates. The survey is connected to the Williams Institute at UCLA. It found that voters are more likely to reject a candidate over 70 years old than one who is homosexual  . .  (read more)

Words in This Story

survey – n. an activity in which many people are asked questions about an issue to understand better what the public thinks about it

contrast – n. something that is different from another thing

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Happy Father's Day from US Citizenship Podcast

uscitizenpod: Happy Father's Day from US Citizenship Podcast

In 1966, Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father's Day.

Six years later, the day was made a permanent national holiday when Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.

Who signs bills to become laws?

a) the President
a) the President Pro Tempore
b) the Speaker of the House
c) the Vice-President

Happy Father's Day!


Saturday, June 15, 2019

Phuong Thi Le’s First Practice Citizenship Interview

uscitizenpod: Phuong Thi Le’s First Practice Citizenship Interview

Phuong had just returned from a month and Vietnam and wanted to practice her Citizenship interview right away. Her interview is based on:

A "Casual" Citizenship Interview Based on the USCIS N-400r (40qs, 2pgs) (updated 06/12/2016)
ppt: (corrected!)
vocab pdf:

Friday, June 14, 2019