1960s PSAs

On weekend mornings throughout the 1960s, public service announcements were part of regular programming. We found this gem which is a collection of warnings about protecting livestock during a nuclear attack. It is particularly amusing because of the use of marionette dolls.

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Newly released photos of JFK

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The International Center of Photography in New York has an exhibit right now highlighting the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

The photographs include never before seen amateur shots, as well as some that were published at the time.

We have compiled some of the shots to be ready for your classroom use.

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MLK Day 2013

In honor of the Civil Rights Movement and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. we are posting this short clip containing a portion of the famous “I Have a Dream” speech at the March on Washington in 1963.

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The Great Society by LBJ

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President Johnson and others in the 1960s hoped to end poverty and racial injustice through a series of programs known as “The Great Society”.

In one of LBJ’s first speeches about the program at the University of Michigan on May 22, 1964 he outlines some of the major goals.

We have included an excerpted copy of the speech along with questions and answers. It is an accessible speech for students of all reading levels, which makes it a great primary source document lesson.

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The Selma Story

The 1950s and 60s are filled with tragic events during the Civil Rights Movement.

The March on Selma is no exception; an event that began as a peaceful march to bring attention to the lack of African American voters in the area (less than 5% of eligible Black voters in Selma in particular) ended in violence.

The region was chosen by the SNCC and SCLC since the sheriff in Selma was notorious for violent reactions to protestors and they hoped to bring national awareness; needless to say the situation escalated.

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Peace Corps

President Kennedy created the Peace Corps with Executive Order 10924 in March 1961.

We have included a copy of the Order along with questions and answers.

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Cuban Missile Crisis political cartoon

This cartoon, drawn by Edmund Valtman and published in The Hartford Times, October 30, 1962, is a fantastic cartoon for classroom use.

The symbols used are easily recognizable and that makes students feel much more confident going into a cartoon interpretative assignment.

We have included a copy of the cartoon as well as questions and answers ready to use in your classroom.

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JFK’s inauguration

Historic films clips, when used properly, can help students better grasp important moments.

Given the technology that exists today, namely PowerPoint and Keynote, it is possible now to embed these films within presentations and spark an interest in students that otherwise might be passive viewers.

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March on Washington, 1963

This quick 2 minute video shows people marching and crowds singing during the important 1963 event. We liked it because the people shown do not seem to know they are on film and it is nice to see “unposed” moments.

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“Peace Little Girl” or “Daisy Girl” commercial, 1964

Perhaps the most controversial presidential campaign commercial ever aired, it is hard to grasp that it was only shown once, yet contributed to Johnson’s landslide victory in 1964.

We have included questions and answers for this commercial.

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