Income Tax & 16th Amendment

The history of the income tax in the US dates back to the Civil War in 1861.

Interestingly the 16th amendment was proposed by conservatives opponents who believed that three-quarters of state legislatures would never approve it. Boy were they surprised!

We have included a very short background information essay as well as the transcript to the 16th amendment with questions and answers.

For more resources on teaching the Progressive Era:

US History PowerPoint: The Progressive Era

Simulation games:

Government PowerPoints:

Final Days of Okinawa July 1945

This short newsreel contains fantastic footage from WWII.

Note: the second clip, which gets cut off, contains racist language towards the Japanese.

For more on this era check put our WWII resources:

US History PowerPoints

World History PowerPoints

Simulation Games


Historic Film Collection, Part 3

Loretta Young during World War II

Loretta Young announces the “Women at War Week” in this 2 minute video.

She urges women to join the war effort in honor of all of the women struggling in the war around the world, and to prevent the war from entering US soil.

Can your students think of any contemporary examples of celebrities getting involved in issues facing the world today, war or otherwise?

For more on this era check out our:

US History PowerPoints:

World History PowerPoints:

Historic Film Collection from the 1940s:

Historic Film Collection, Part 4

Simulation Games:

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America in color photos, 1939-1943

The Library of Congress is a national treasure as far as we’re concerned. So many amazing resources for teaching students about the American experience over the years.

We came across this amazing online exhibit, Bound for Glory: America in Color, and wanted to highlight a few as well as providing the link to the entire exhibit.

Taken by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information (FSA/OWI), there are 70 amazing images of the effects of the Great Depression and WWII available online.

For more resources on teaching this era check out our resources:

US History PowerPoints – 1930s | WW II Causes | WW II

Simulation games:

World History PowerPoints –

For Love of Liberty, a new PBS special

A new PBS documentary For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots, details the military contributions of African Americans.

The U.S. Army created an edited 25-minute version of the film and corresponding high school and college facilitator guides.  The materials, structured to fit a classroom timeframe, are versatile and can compliment studies in American history, civics, social studies and ROTC programs.

Two professors holding PhD’s in curriculum development created the facilitator guides.  These guides define course outcomes, general information, important facts and post viewing questions for each chapter.

The chapters of the film are divided according to wars, which allow educators the option to adapt the materials to fit specific topical discussions.  The 25-minute version can be shown in its entirety or according to appropriate content.  Either way, educators can customize the video footage to support several presentation formats.

We are lucky enough to have access to each chapter and accompanying questions for both high school and college.

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: The Revolution

Chapter 3: The Civil War

Chapter 4: WWI

Chapter 5: WWII

Chapter 6: The Korean War

Chapter 7: The Vietnam War

Chapter 8: The Middle East

Chapter 9: Conclusion