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bria30_1frontThis edition of Bill of Rights in Action looks at issues related to leadership. The first article traces the life of Joan of Arc, who rallied and led French troops to victory over the English. The second article looks at Sam Houston, who served as the governor of two states and the president of the Republic of Texas. The last article examines the political life of Margaret Thatcher, the first woman prime minister of the U.K.


iconmainarticle_regA Fire Waiting to be Lit: The Origins of World War I: The enhanced version of the lead article in Bill of Rights in Action (Vol. 30,  No. 1)  is aligned to the Common Core State Standards and features additional activities, maps, graphics, and more.


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