Understanding the Dollar, 1953

This 1953 film made by Coronet breaks down how money works in a capitalist system.

It explains exchange, value, and income including fixed income and price of items.

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Duties of an American Citizen, TR 1883

Teddy Roosevelt was known as a brilliant orator, and this 1883 speech made as a NY State Assemblyman is no exception. He argues that participation in the government is an important part of being a good citizen, and that no one is exempt.

We have excerpted the speech and created questions and answers for your students.

This lesson could be used in any Social Studies class at any given moment as the concepts covered are applicable in many situations and ought to spark excellent discussions.

For more US History teaching resources check out our PowerPoints that cover this era:

The West

Rise of Industrialism

Response to Industrialism



Progressive Era


The Oil Industry in America, 1950

This film, titled “Twenty Four Hours of Progress”, traces the importance of oil in US industry, economy and the lives of individual Americans.

The tone and narration can make it seem boring to our media-savvy students, however the topic is relevant in American society today as new technologies are being introduced and explored every day.

This film offers many possibilities in the classroom in various Social Studies and environmental studies.

For more on the 1950s check out our Powerpoint:


Journalism in the United States

Stanford has undertaken a fascinating project tracing the growth of newspapers in the U.S.

Here is their description:┬áThis visualization plots over 140,000 newspapers published over three centuries in the United States. The data comes from the Library of Congress’ “Chronicling America” project, which maintains a regularly updated directory of newspapers.


There are many applications for these maps in Social Studies classes. Enjoy!

Published in: on September 6, 2011 at 7:18 am  Leave a Comment  
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