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.

For more resources on teaching this era check out our:

US History PowerPoints

Classroom History Games

Nixon’s resignation letter

The Watergate scandal rocked the U.S. and resulted in the resignation of President Nixon.

We have included a copy of the letter submitted to Secretary of State Kissinger in August of 1974.

For more information on this era check out our PowerPoints:

Classroom history games:

Executive Order 9981

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.

We have included a copy of the EO as well as questions and answers.

For more on this era see our Civil Rights Movement PowerPoint.

Tuesday in November

Elections are explained in this 1944 film.

Although it is narrated rather dryly, the historical footage and information provided make it worthwhile.

President Grant, Congress, and the Fifteenth Amendment

President Grant sent a telegram to Congress in March of 1870 announcing the ratification of the 15th amendment, an action he acknowledged was breaking protocol.

He wanted to emphasize the importance of the amendment, as he believed it to be the single greatest action taken since the founding of the nation.

We have included a copy of the telegram, as well questions and answers for students.

For more on this era check out our Reconstruction PowerPoint.

President Kennedy’s Ich bin ein Berliner speech, 1963

This quintessential Cold War speech was given in June of 1963 in West Berlin.

We have included a transcript of the speech as well as questions and answers.

For more on this time period check out sample slides of our US History PowerPoints:

and some simulation games:

President Lincoln’s Second Inaugural speech

President Lincoln’s wartime second inaugural address is considered one of the most important speeches in US history. It speaks for itself!

We have included a transcript of the speech as well as questions and answers for students.

For more on this time period check out our PowerPoints: Causes of the Civil War, The Civil War, and Reconstruction.

American Presidents

Made in the early 1950s, this video goes through each of the presidents through Eisenhower, stating his major accomplishments. After McKinley, video footage is included.

Excellent review of the first 34 presidents.

Eisenhower 1961

This “infomercial” about President Eisenhower traces his role during WWII and shows his story is continuing as 33rd president of the US. It is just a fun little fluff 1 minute breakdown, but it would be a good introduction to the contributions of the new president. It shows some good footage of Ike throughout his military career.

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