WWII women on the American homefront

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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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Lewis Hine’s photographs

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Lewis Hine took photographs for the National Child Labor Committee from 1908-1918, documenting conditions for working children in factories, fields, mines, etc in order to bring awareness of the harsh daily environments for these kids.

Mail Online has compiled several of the images into an article here.

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Civil War photographs


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The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has an exhibit thru September 2, 2013 that contains some amazing photographs taken during the Civil War.

We have compiled some images along with their information to be ready for your classroom use.

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History and Functions of the Presidency

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Click here to check out this educational film on the Presidency. Not super exciting, but it gets to the point.

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Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I a Woman” speech

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Sojourner Truth was an amazing woman who lived an extraordinary life.

Her famous speech given in Ohio in 1851 is a simple yet eloquent argument on the equality of the sexes.

There is a bit of controversy, however, as two versions have been recorded, one during the convention, a second a few years later.

The second version is the widely known speech. It is notable though that the second version is in a southern-style dialect which is not how the native New Yorker who only spoke Dutch for her early years talked.

We have included both and encourage adding questions to the assignment we have included for your classroom use.

Cold War Comic Books

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Every teacher strives to find new ways to pique and keep students’ interest throughout the school year.

We believe that comic books can be one of many resources in this quest.

In this case we are highlighting a few Esquire Comics from the Cold War era.

The imagery can be quite graphic at times, so prescreening is always essential before passing something out.

We have included an assignment that is classroom ready to be used during a Cold War unit.

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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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Causes of World War II

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This graphic from our World History World War II PowerPoint breaks down the major causes of the conflict. For a printable version click here.

We suggest using this as a starting point for researching each cause in greater detail either as a group or individual activity. Groups could present to the class as a whole and individuals could create a PowerPoint, news article, or other creative product describing the major causes of WWII.

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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.

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Thanksgiving by Puck, 1903-1905

We collected 3 images from the years of 1903-1905 as a way of showing students the way the holiday was represented over 100 years ago.

We created questions and answers for your classroom.

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