• Launchpad: FDR's Fireside Chats

    Created August 30, 2010
  • Launchpad: Women Aviators in WWII

    Created August 30, 2010
  • Launchpad: The Social Security Act

    Created August 30, 2010
  • Launchpad: Esperanza Rising

    Created August 26, 2010

    Launchpad: FDR & the Lend-Lease Act

    FDR and the Lend-Lease Act

    Activity 1 | Activity 2


    Activity One: Expansion of Executive Power

    Read the following letter, written by Senator Arthur H. Vandenberg 10 months before Congress began deliberations on the Lend-Lease legislation. Make a note of each noting each fear or objection Vandenburg raised to the prospect of America joining the war against Germany. Categorize each objection as either relating to money or to loss of freedom.

    Launchpad: FDR's Fireside Chats

    The Power of Words: FDR's Fireside Chats


    Activity One: Listening to the Fireside Chats

    Listen to FDR's First Fireside Chat and answer the questions found below.

    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.

    Launchpad: Pearl S. Buck

    Pearl S. Buck’s “On Discovering America”

    Activity 1 | Activity 2 | Activity 3

  • U.S. Neutrality: Europe/Asia

    Created August 15, 2010
  • Lesson 2: NAACP's Anti-Lynching Campaign in the 1930s

    Created July 27, 2010
    NAACP's Anti-Lynching Campaign 1930s: Walter White

    In this lesson students will participate in a role-play activity that has them become members of a newspaper or magazine editorial board preparing a retrospective report about the NAACP's anti-lynching campaign of the 1930s. As the students analyze and synthesize a variety of primary sources, they will gain a better understanding of the reasons for the failure of anti-lynching campaign of the 1930s, the limits of liberal reform during the New Deal, and the NAACP's decision to shift its focus to a legal campaign to end segregation.