Blogs tagged "World War I"

National History Day Resources: Conflict and Compromise in History

Engraving by unidentified Mexican artist, depicting scenes of Mexican Revolution
Tess Porter is an Education Support Specialist, Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access.We wanted to let you know about some great new resources available for National History Day to help your students investigate this year’s theme: Conflict and Compromise in History.Read More »
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Top Resources for Teaching World War I and the Aftermath

American troops in the field during World War I
Few Americans understand why the United States declared war on Germany in April 1917, nearly three years after Europe and most of the rest of the world were engulfed in the carnage of the Great War. The centennial of America’s entry into the war is being commemorated by exhibitions, film, television programs, and books.Read More »
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World War I and American Art: Part Two

“Flower of Death” (1919)
Last time, I began to survey how American artists viewed the Great War (1914–1918). This NEH-supported exhibition, World War I and American Art, has uncovered forgotten works that could help teachers illustrate and illuminate the course of the war, the political opinions pro and con, and the enormous human toll it had on the nation and the world.Read More »
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Teaching Advertisements as Primary Sources

Ad for Coca-Cola, 1890s
Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising. —Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s CourtRead More »
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The 100th Anniversary of the Great War

Newspaper image announcing assassination of Archduke Ferdinand
June 28 is the 100th anniversary of the assassination of the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand by a young Serbian nationalist in Sarajevo, Bosnia. This terrorist act started a series of events which, over the course of 37 days, led to the greatest conflict between the European powers that the world had yet seen. To commemorate the centenary, we are dedicating this entry to the first of what we hope will be a series on the causes, course, and consequences of the war pointing out exemplary resources, old and new, and EDSITEment lesson plans, as appropriate.Read More »
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