In honor of Memorial Day, here is a 1942 performance by Fred Waring and his orchestra of the Star Spangled Banner.
President Truman ended segregation in the armed services in 1948 with Executive Order 9981.
This historic document is easy for students to decipher and a valuable look at a primary source document.
For more on this era see our Civil Rights Movement PowerPoint.
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This Cold War era film instructs children how to have healthy eating habits.
Little Bill has a stomach ache because he rushes through his meals and eats the wrong foods.
This would be fun to show students and have a discussion of the effects of their own eating habits. It could be used after an exam when you have a bit of extra time but don’t want to start a new lesson, as a beginning of the week activity, as part of a unit examining their own behaviors etc.
Certainly seems appropriate for any social studies class, given the high rates of obesity as well as the inclination for processed and fast food in the U.S.
After World War I ended, many Black Americans expected to return home to celebrations of their contributions in the war fought to preserve democracy and human rights in Europe. Instead, racism was alive and well. This is evidenced by the rebirth of Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s, and discriminatory practices in the segregated south.
The Universal Negro Improvement Association was headed by the charismatic Marcus Garvey. He believed that the best course of action would be for Blacks to leave the United States and have a self-sufficient nation in Africa. He did not believe that racial equality and harmony would be possible in the U.S. and Europe in the 1920s.
For more on this era check out our 1920s PowerPoint.
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During WWI free speech was tested in the case of Schenck v. US.
Cited as one of the most important cases in Supreme Court history, we have included Holmes, Jr.’s opinion on the case in which the “clear and present danger” standard was introduced.
Also check out our Government PowerPoints:
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This historical footage shot from an airplane, shows the airplanes, ships, cars, bikes, and pedestrians that came out to celebrate the opening of the Gold Gate bridge.
Interestingly the bridge was built by 10 different contractors; for more information about the bridge check out this website:
It is really neat to see an important event from the 1930s!
J. Edgar Hoover was the head of the FBI from its inception in 1935 through 1972.
Many of those years were dedicated to rooting out communists in America.
In this testimony before Congress in 1947 Hoover outlines the dangers facing the US during the Cold War.
For more on this era check out our PowerPoints:
- U.S. Foreign Policy in the Cold War Era: Truman to Kennedy
- U.S. Foreign Policy in the Cold War Era: Johnson to the Fall of the Berlin Wall
- The 1950s
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This film breaks down the ways people communicated in the first half of the 20th century, including mass media, telephone, mail, and more localized such as sirens and hand signals.
It would fascinating to have students write a new chapter for this film based on the news forms of communication prevalent today. Depending on how specific you wanted to get, they might be required to write the script for the narrator that includes television, cell phones, computers and the internet.
The Cold War was a terrifying time because of the high stakes involved with new weapons and mutually assured destruction.
Tensions peaked in the early 1960s when JFK and Khrushchev took us to the brink of nuclear war, which would have killed billions and ended human civilization as we know it.
- Cold War: Truman to Kennedy
- Cold War: Johnson to the Fall of the Berlin Wall
- The Modern Era: 1945-1970
Check out our simulation games on the Cold War:
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