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.

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.

Louis Brandeis nominated to Supreme Court

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League of Nations established

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Alaska becomes 49th State

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Annie Oakley, with rifle raised to aim and shoot

American Experience: "Annie Oakley"

As part of the Wild West collection on the American Experience, Annie Oakley returns on Jan. 31. She was the toast of Victorian London, New York, and Paris. She excelled in a man's world by doing what she loved, and won fame and fortune as the little lady from Ohio who never missed a shot.

What So Proudly We Hail: The Meaning of America Curriculum

Through the use of stories, speeches, and songs, this site seeks to educate hearts and minds about American ideals, American identity and national character, and the virtues and aspirations of our civic life. A ten lesson curriculum is included which covers the following topics: National Identity and Why It Matters, Freedom and Individuality, Equality, Enterprise and Commerce, Freedom and Religion, Law Abidingness, Self Command, Courage and Self-Sacrifice, and Compassion.