Photograph of honey peddler reading newspaper in market, San Antonio, Texas 1944

Chronicling America

This feature shows teachers how to use Chronicling America, an archive of old American newspapers, in social studies and literature lessons.

Historian Henry Adams born

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American painter Grant Wood born

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The Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

This feature gives students a history of the Statue of Liberty and the waves of immigration to the U.S. around 1900.

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"Slavery by Another Name"

Slavery by Another Name is a 90-minute, NEH-funded documentary challenging one of America's most cherished assumptions: the belief that slavery ended with the Emancipation Proclamation. The film is viewable online and the website enriched with an interactive map and timeline with text, videos, photos, a searchable selection of themes, enriched with clips, commentary, and more.

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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John Steinbeck’s novel “Of Mice and Men” published

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American modernist Gertrude Stein born

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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.