Lewis Hine photos

Lewis Hine traveled the US between 1908 and 1924 to document the plight of working children.

The National Child Labor Committee, a lobbying organization for whom Hine worked, helped compile detailed information that in part led to stricter labor laws for youngsters.

We have added several of the pictures that show children as young as 3 working in berry fields to a document that can be used in several ways in the classroom.

For more information on this period in history, check our our Progressive Era PowerPoint and classroom games Critical Decisions of Theodore Roosevelt and Critical Decisions of Woodrow Wilson.

Langston Hughes, Merry-Go-Round

Langston Hughes was a prolific writer of poetry, articles, novels, plays, and short stories during the Harlem Renaissance.

We have included a copy of his poem, Merry-Go-Round, along with questions and answers.

For more on this era check out our 1920s PowerPoint.

Women voters and the 1920 election

The first presidential election women were allowed to vote in was in 1920, after passage of the 19th amendment.

Both parties attempted to woo women voters.

We have included a copy of Jay Darling’s 1920 cartoon, along with questions and answers, that shows the courting that occurred.

For more resources on the 1920s check out our PowerPoint and simulation games:

Marcus Garvey’s 1921 “If you believe the Negro has a soul” speech

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.

We have included his 1921 speech with questions and answers.

For more on this era check out our 1920s PowerPoint.

1925 Newsreel

Made during the silent film era, this newsreel from the 1920s shows some pretty neat stuff: old cars, balloon races, and a talented juggler.

A great visualization for students of some typical happenings from the decade.

Stock market woes? Play the 1929 Great Crash game…

great-crash-cover-page1This game helps students understand the situation the US was facing on the eve of the stock market crash in 1929 by becoming investors in the Bull Market of 1928-1929 and in the Bear Market that followed, making and losing fortunes as industrial, rail, and utility stocks rise and fall in this simulation of the Wall Street frenzy. The Great Crash Game describes the unregulated environment of the stock market which led to the October 1929 stock market crash and the aftereffects.

Help students understand the current economic crisis and stock market fluctuations through playing a historical game.