George Caleb Bingham's painting, "The County Election"

Voting in the Young Republic: George Caleb Bingham's "The County Election"

George Caleb Bingham's painting, "The County Election," highlights the growth of democracy in America as pioneers moved into the interior of the continent.

Image from documentary website showing a spool of thread

American Experience: "Triangle Fire"

PBS's American Experience series highlights the deadliest workplace accident in New York City’s history. A dropped match on the 8th floor of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory sparked a fire that killed over a hundred innocent people trapped inside and spurred calls for workplace reform.

Lyndon Johnson delivers “We Shall Overcome” speech

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Abolitionist Frederick Douglass dies

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Men dumping alcohol into sewer manhole after a Prohibition-era raid

How Teachers can make the most of Prohibition

The NEH-funded PBS documentary Prohibition, produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, presents a compelling saga of the rise, rule, and fall of the Eighteenth Amendment and the era that encompassed it.

D.W. Griffith film “Birth of a Nation” premieres

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  • Thoreau's Circle: Who's Who in Transcendentalism

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    Clockwise from top left: Presidents Roosevelt, Reagan, Truman, and Kennedy

    PBS: “The Presidents”: EDSITEment’s Related Lesson Plans and Websites

    For Presidents' Day, EDSITEment has collected lesson plans and websites covering the history of the presidency and some of its most famous office holders.

    African American Union soldier, Civil War

    EDSITEment's Guide to Black History Month Teaching Resources

    In this special revised and updated feature for Black History Month, teachers, parents, and students will find a collection of NEH-supported websites and EDSITEment-developed lessons that tell the four-hundred-year old story of African Americans from slavery through freedom and citizenship to the presidency.

    John Winthrop, founder of Massachusetts Bay Colony, born

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