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"Reporting America at War"

The NEH-funded film by Stephen Ives, Reporting America at War, explores the role of American journalists from San Juan Hill to the Persian Gulf in a three-hour documentary that tells the dramatic and often surprising stories of the reporters who wrote the news from the battlefield.

  • Doing Oral History with Vietnam War Veterans

    Created October 11, 2017
    Jack Power, Doing Oral History with Vietnam veterans

    Oral History Interviews that bring students together with veterans help to foster empathy and make history come alive. This lessons offers a step-by-step guide to doing an oral history project with Vietnam War Veterans. 

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    The Vietnam War. Ken Burns, Lynn Novick

    Documentary film series by Ken Burns and Kim Novick, premiers on PBS September 17, 2017

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    Jazz Appreciation Month 2017: Ella Fitzgerald and Women in Jazz

    Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) was created by the National Museum of American History back in 2002 to celebrate the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz. Each year the museum picks a major musician to commemorate. This year honors Ella Fitzgerald, who would have turned 100 this month, and JAM programs will shine a spotlight on women in jazz.

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    A Defense of the Electoral College

    Americans elect a president through the state-by-state mechanism of the Electoral College rather than direct nationwide popular vote. Today, all but two states award all of their electoral votes to the statewide winner.

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    Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race

    This film charts the life of Tom Bradley, the first African American mayor of Los Angeles, who broke racial barriers and fostered urban development. Common Core-aligned curriculum guides for eleventh and twelfth grade government classes are also available.

    Mayor Tom Bradley

    Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race

    This film charts the life of Tom Bradley, the first African American mayor of Los Angeles, who broke racial barriers and fostered urban development. Common Core-aligned curriculum guides for eleventh and twelfth grade government classes are also available.

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    Electing America’s Presidents

    Every four years American citizens make one of their most serious choices as a people when they vote for president. EDSITEment has lessons about some of the most important and dramatic presidential elections in the early decades of the republic. These lessons not only give students opportunities to read significant primary sources authored by the candidates and others but also the path to a better understanding of the historical context of these races.

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    Jazz Appreciation Month 2016: Benny Carter and Democracy

    Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) was created by the National Museum of American History in 2002 to celebrate the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz. Each year the museum picks a major musician to commemorate.