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When Worlds Collide

This PBS website looks at how the Old and New Worlds mixed after Columbus landed on Hispaniola in 1492. The 90-minute documentary and website trace milestone events during the 16th century and illustrates how both the New World and the Old were radically transformed by contact. The extensive resources for teachers and students include a timeline, scholarly essays and lesson plans.

 

  • Launchpad: Having Fun: The Economics of Leisure

    Created October 18, 2010
  • On the Home Front

    Created October 3, 2010
    On the Home Front: We Can Do It!

    Learning about World War II American efforts helps students gain some perspective regarding the U.S. response to the conflict generated by the September 11th terrorist attacks.

  • Having Fun in the 19th Century: Fall River Line

    Created September 30, 2010
  • Depression-Era Photographs: Worth a Thousand Words

    Created September 23, 2010
    Depression-Era Photographs: Woman at sowing machine

    Spend a day with a model American family and the photographer who molded our view of their lives.

    Launchpad: The Social Security Act

    The Social Security Act

    Activity 1, Group: A | B | C | D

    Activity 2 | 3

     

    Activity One, Group A: Debating the Social Security Act

    Review the Great Depression time line and the section entitled “The Stock Market Crash and The Great Depression” on The Historical Background and Development of Social Security page, and answer the questions below.

  • The Battle Over Reconstruction: Southern Recovery

    Created July 23, 2010
  • An Early Threat of Secession: The Missouri Compromise, 1820–1821

    Created July 18, 2010