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911 Materials for Teachers links to websites that provide lessons and primary documents for teaching about September 11, 2001. Learn how ordinary people acted in extraordinary ways that day. Explore connections...  (Multiple Agencies)
Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement shows 41 churches, houses, and other properties related largely to the post-World War II civil rights movement. The links to these properties consist of photographs and texts, and the...  (National Park Service)
HistoryWired: A few of our favorite things offers a virtual tour of selected objects not on display in the National Museum of American History. Artifacts are presented in a dozen categories, including the arts, commerce, home...  (Smithsonian Institution)
Korea: The Unfinished War examines the "forgotten war" that almost led to World War III. When communist troops of North Korea crossed the 38th parallel on June 25, 1950, the U.S. and later the U.N. joined...  (Minnesota Public Radio and American RadioWorks, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
Yiddish Radio Project preserves recordings from the golden age of Yiddish radio (1930s-50s). Online exhibits include "Yiddish melodies in Swing," the history of Yiddish radio, "Rabbi Rubin's Court of the...  (Sound Portrait Productions, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission provides a summary, history, and teaching activities related to the EEOC and this historic law, which forbade discrimination on the basis of sex as well as race in hiring, promoting...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Harry Truman and Independence, Missouri: features the home and story of our thirty-third President. Upon returning home after World War I, Truman married his childhood sweetheart, started a clothing store that failed, and...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Our Documents features 100 milestone documents in U.S. history. Each week, the website highlights 3 documents. Speeches, treaties, Supreme Court cases, patent designs, and Constitutional...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey examines the life and legacy of this mediator and U.N. diplomat who was the first person of color anywhere in the world to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace...  (ETV Endowment of South Carolina, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
History Matters is a gateway to web resources and threaded discussions for high school and college teachers of U.S. history survey courses. It presents first-person narratives about the experiences of...  (George Mason University, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
9/11 and the Constitution provides four Constitution Day lessons that explore who we are as Americans. Students examine principles in the Declaration of Independence and Preamble to the Constitution, evaluate...  (Center for Civic Education, supported by Department of Education)
Remembrance: Teaching September 11 reviews websites for teaching about September 11, 2001. Find 911 reports, documents, and a digital archive; lessons and learning activities; teacher reflections on 911; information...  (National History Education Clearinghouse, supported by Department of Education)
Herblock's History features 150 cartoons by Herb Block, the editorial cartoonist who chronicled our political history for The Washington Post from 1929 through 2000. Cartoons are organized...  (Library of Congress)
Get Your Kids Involved with Thanksgiving Cooking suggests how to make the autumn feast a family affair. Children can help in various ways, from planning the meal to cleaning up afterward...  (Multiple Agencies)
Baseball: The National Pastime in the National Archives eBook covers of the role of baseball during the two world wars, contract disputes, civil rights, equal access and opportunity on and off the playing field, the steroids era, the universal...  (National Archives and Records Administration) Educate About Bullying includes activities to teach students about bullying and incorporate the topic of bullying prevention into lessons...  (Department of Health and Human Services)
Reporting America at War explores the role of journalists in covering America's wars. The website, companion to a PBS documentary, offers a teachers guide with lessons on press censorship, message control...  (Insignia Films and WETA, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
There She Is: A History of Miss America accompanies a film that tracks the contest from its inception in 1921 as an exuberant local seaside pageant. The website includes a transcript of the film and learning activities...  (WGBH, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
Tupperware offers insights into U.S. history: our economy after World War II, the plastics industry, direct selling and business history, women in society and the workplace, the rise of American...  (WGBH, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
Working in Paterson: Occupational Heritage in an Urban Setting presents 3882 photos and 470 interview excerpts from a 1994 study of occupational culture in the cradle of the Industrial Revolution in the U.S. Founded in 1791, Paterson, New Jersey...  (Library of Congress)
America on the Move tells how transportation changed America. A classroom activity guide looks at foods and families on the move (1880s), workers and products (1920s), early highways (1930-40s), suburban...  (Smithsonian Institution)
Vote: The Machinery of Democracy looks at the history and variety of voting methods in the U.S. -- the voice vote, "party ticket" (paper ballots listing candidates from just one party), Australian ballot, gear and...  (National Museum of American History, supported by Smithsonian Institution)
Brown v. Board: Five Communities That Changed America describes five cases the Supreme Court agreed to hear in 1952 under one title: Brown v. Board of Education. The cases originated in Delaware, Kansas, South Carolina...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Minuteman Missile National Historic Site: Protecting a Legacy of the Cold War tells the story of one of the most significant strategic weapons in U.S. history: the Minuteman ICBM (Intercontinental Ballistic Missile). By 1965 there were 1,000 Minuteman ICBMs...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
September 11: Bearing Witness to History offers objects, images, and personal stories from September 11: a stairwell sign and tourist souvenirs from the World Trade Center, a Pentagon rescuer's uniform, a Pentagon locator...  (National Museum of American History, supported by Smithsonian Institution)
Presidential Timeline of the 20th Century features a multimedia exhibit of key events and decisions that U.S. presidents faced in the 20th century: the stock market crash, Pearl Harbor, the atomic bomb, Little Rock school...  (University of Texas at Austin, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
9/11 Commemorations and Information is a first stop for finding government information related to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Find national memorials in New York City, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C...  (General Services Administration)
Ronald Reagan Documents features 24 memos, speeches, proclamations, and other primary documents from Reagan's presidency. Topics include economic recovery, energy, national defense, oil imports, small...  (National Archives and Records Administration) provides lessons, teaching guides, best practices, and other resources for teaching history. See videos on "what is historical thinking," teaching history in elementary school, and...  (, supported by Department of Education)
Thanksgiving Day traces this holiday back to the Puritan colonists of 1621 Plymouth, Massachusetts. Learn about the history and evolution of this day of giving thanks for a bountiful harvest and good...  (Library of Congress)
Smithsonian: History and Culture examines the history of transportation in America, early history of mail service, the Civil War, West Point, profiles of U.S. presidents, Lakota "winter counts," Lewis and Clark as...  (Smithsonian Institution)
9-11-01 Remembrance offers firsthand accounts of September 11 by National Park Service employees. It includes interviews and photos from a dozen sites, including the Statue of Liberty, Washington, D.C....  (National Park Service)
September 11, 2001, Documentary Project captures eyewitness accounts, reactions, and opinions of people in the months after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93. This...  (Library of Congress)
Witness and Response: September 11 Acquisitions presents photos, prints, eye-witness accounts, headlines, books, magazines, songs, maps, and videotapes related to September 11, 2001. Photos of ground zero taken during and after the...  (Library of Congress)
9/11 Commission Records provides official documents from the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States. Congress created the "9/11 Commission," as it was called, to provide a "full and...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Thanksgiving in North America: From Local Harvests to National Holiday looks at the history of Thanksgiving and provides a collection of paintings and images...  (Smithsonian Institution)
Thanksgiving: Facts for Feaures forecasts the bounty of this year's autumn harvest. Find out the number of turkeys; pounds of cranberries, sweet potatoes, pumpkins; and volume of wheat and snap (green) beans the...  (U.S. Census Bureau)
Congress Establishes Thanksgiving describes the various resolutions and proclamations that established and shaped Thanksgiving...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site features Atlanta's Auburn Avenue, the neighborhood where the civil rights leader was born and raised. "Sweet Auburn," as it came to be called, became the center of African American...  (National Park Service)
For European Recovery: The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Marshall Plan commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of American assistance to Europe in recovering from World War II. It features photographs, cartoons, letters, memos, and printed material that...  (Library of Congress)
Oliphant's Anthem commemorates the recent acquisition of sixty cartoon drawings, sketchbooks, and illustrations by one of America's foremost editorial cartoonists. This exhibition also documents...  (Library of Congress)
Buckaroos in Paradise: Ranching Culture in Northern Nevada, 1945-1982 presents documentation of a northern Nevada cattle-ranching community, with a focus on the family-run Ninety-Six Ranch and its cowboys, known as buckaroos. This collection presents 41...  (Library of Congress)
The Learning Page helps teachers use the Library of Congress's "American Memory" website to teach U.S. history and culture. It includes suggestions for using photos, objects, life histories and other...  (Library of Congress)
Taking the Long View: Panoramic Photographs, ca. 1851-1991 presents 4000 images of American cityscapes, landscapes, and group portraits...  (Library of Congress)
Thaw in the Cold War: Eisenhower and Khrushchev at Gettysburg describes how President Eisenhower's personal diplomacy at his Gettysburg farm helped ease the tensions of the Cold War. The site offers photos and maps of the home as well as...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Samuel Gompers Papers Project is a documentary editing project that collects, annotates, and makes available primary sources of American labor history. It includes microfilm, photocopied material, and annotation...  (University of Maryland Department of History, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
The United States Enters the Korean Conflict features President Truman's statement, on June 27, 1950, announcing his order to send U.S. air and naval forces to help defend South Korea. Also included are teaching suggestions and...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers Struggle tells the story of a man, a union, and a time when millions of Americans joined a just cause. The Fight in the Fields is a portrait of Cesar Chavez, the charismatic leader of the...  (Independent Television Service, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
George Wallace: Settin' The Woods on Fire features the political and personal life of George Wallace. Four times governor of Alabama and four times a candidate for president, he was feared as a racist demagogue and admired as...  (WGBH, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
Truman Presidential Library and Museum helps students and educators work with primary source materials. The project offers documents, photographs, records, cartoons, and other archival material for research projects...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site features Monroe Elementary, the school attended in 1950 by third grader Linda Brown. Because she was black, Brown was barred from attending a white school much closer to her home...  (National Park Service)
Keys Ranch: Where Time Stood Still tells the story of Bill Keys, whose ranch was the center of a desert network of homesteaders and miners in the early 1900s. At age 15, Keys left his Russian parents' home in Nebraska...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
The Branding of America offers thumbnail histories of nearly 30 well-known brand names associated with soft drinks, potatoes, cereal, fruit, airplanes, buses, pianos, sewing machines, jeans, shoes, and other...  (Library of Congress)
Creating Hypertext Dialogues Drawn from Narrative History Collections invites students to use documents from "California As I Saw It: First Person Narratives, 1849-1900," to create hyperscripts depicting the motivations, expectations, fears, and...  (Library of Congress)
Santa Clara County, California's Historic Silicon Valley features 28 historic places that illustrate how this fertile valley blossomed from small agricultural towns linked by railroad into a center of technological innovation. Located south...  (National Park Service)
Eisenhower Home Virtual Tour walks students through the house that was the only place President Eisenhower and his wife ever called home. In 1950, the Eisenhowers, looking forward to retirement, purchased the...  (National Park Service)
Jackie Robinson: Beyond the Playing Field offers primary documents illustrating how this groundbreaking African American baseball player advocated for civil rights. It incorporates the material into lessons on civil rights...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
The U.S. Recognition of the State of Israel is a lesson plan on the history, conflicts, and U.S. involvement surrounding Israel before and after its proclamation of statehood. This lesson correlates to the National History...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Coca-Cola Television Advertisements presents TV commercials, never-broadcast outtakes, and experimental footage that together reflect the historical development of TV advertising for a major product. Ads include the 1971...  (Library of Congress)
Jackie Steals Home involves high school students in analyzing primary documents related to Jackie Robinson's breaking the color line (when he stepped onto Ebbets field on April 15, 1947) to help them...  (Library of Congress)
What Exit? New Jersey and Its Turnpike tells the story of the most heavily traveled toll road in the nation -- how it was built, what it meant in its time, and how people have given it life. Built in two years in the...  (New Jersey Historical Society, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
Birthplace of John F. Kennedy: Home of the Boy Who Would Be President takes students to JFK's birthplace and to the neighborhood where he grew up. It was here that JFK's parents began instilling the high standards and ambition that would make the...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Constitutional Issues: Watergate and the Constitution examines Constitutional issues surrounding the resignation of President Nixon and looks at the specific question: Should the Watergate Special Prosecutor seek an indictment of the...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Lost and Found Sound is a call to listeners to send in their home recordings of the last 100 years to be shaped into stories that capture the rituals and sounds of everyday life. For example, the site...  (NPR, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
To Market To Market helps students sharpen their observation and interpretation skills by inviting them to examine images from the turn of the centuries, circa 1900 and circa 2000...  (Library of Congress)

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