The Battle of Gettysburg begins

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Ella Fitzgerald, "first lady of song," born

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Willa Cather dies

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Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

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Civilian Conservation Corps established by FDR

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Works Progress Administration approved by Congress

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Billie Holiday born

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Flag raisers at Iwo Jima, 1945

PBS's The War

The War, Ken Burns' seven-part documentary, partially funded by NEH tells the story of the Second World War through the personal accounts of a handful of men and women from four quintessentially American towns. The series explores the most intimate human dimensions of the greatest cataclysm in history and demonstrates that in extraordinary times, there are no ordinary lives.

Photograph of Zora Neale Hurston.

American Masters: Zora Neale Hurston

American Masters' "Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun"  offers an introduction to the writer many consider the pre-eminent African American woman novelist of her generation. The American Masters website provides a career timeline, photographs, and additional footage from the film. An important letter from Hurston to the poet Countee Cullen on race relations in America is also included as are links to related websites. 

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

The Presidents

"The Presidents," part of the American Experience series on PBS, explores the lives and times of the individuals who have held the highest office in the land. One can look at the presidency in the 20th century and through its office see the drama of contemporary America—war, economic hardship, women's rights, race relations, our triumphs and our tragedies—it is all there. EDSITEment also has a companion feature/index that highlights video segments as they pertain to relevant EDSITEment content.