Ancestry map, 2000 Census

Ancestry map Census

The amount of information contained in census maps is staggering and a major score for Social Studies teachers.

This week we have created questions and answers on groups by ancestry in counties.

For more map activities check out our US History Map Set.

WWII Dr. Seuss cartoon

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Dr. Seuss was a true American treasure. As teachers we are very lucky that most students are familiar with his work, because it gives them a higher level of comfort when examining his political cartoons.

We have included this cartoon which is a commentary on segregation in war industries at the beginning of the war.

Here are questions and answers ready for your classroom use.

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Historic Film Collection, Part 3

WWII women on the American homefront


Most of us are familiar with the “Rosie the Riveter” poster and other images of women working in factories during WWII.

The US Women’s Bureau has a wealth of black and white photos capturing women taking over the jobs left behind during the war years.

We have included nine photos that are high resolution and show a variety of women in various jobs that are ready for your classroom use.

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World War II

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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Fugitive Slave Act of 1850

The controversial Fugitive Slave Act in 1850 was one of several compromises made during the tenuous antebellum period.

The cartoon we have chosen to highlight today works great for students as it requires them to analyze both the images and text in order to gain a deeper understanding of the artist’s position.

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

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Lincoln’s message to the Senate, 1861

The Civil War is rich with primary source materials ranging from photographs to speeches to letters and much more. What a great opportunity for students to experience firsthand the depths of despair people felt at having a war within the nation.

President Lincoln hoped to end the conflict without bloodshed, but when it became obvious that was impossible he wanted to expedite the process as much as possible.

At the time of this speech, on July 5, 1861 several states had seceded and the attack on Fort Sumter had already occurred.

This speech is Lincoln appealing to the first session of the 37th Congress to take action in order to end the war quickly. We have included a page from the Journal of the Senate as well as questions and answers.

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Langston Hughes, “Harlem” 1951

Langston Hughes was a dynamic artist who wrote several important works throughout his lifetime (1902-67). We have chosen to highlight his “Harlem” poem, written in 1951.

We have included a copy of the poem as well as questions and answers for your students.

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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.

For more on this event check out our Civil Right Movement PowerPoint.

Wings For This Man, WWII film

Narrated by Ronald Reagan, this film highlights the achievements of the Tuskegee Airmen in WWII.

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African American life in Georgia in the 1950s

This purpose of this film, Palmour Street, is to help parents understand the best ways to raise their children, especially in the face of obstacles.

We feel it is worth showing to students because it shows an African American family in rural Georgia in the 1950s as a normal functioning family, important images for all to see as the Civil Rights Movement takes over much of the discussion about Black History beginning in this decade.

It can be shown in contrast to the other major themes of the 50s, consumerism and technicolor.

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