• Civil Rights and the Cold War

    Created February 9, 2016
    Civil Rights and the Cold War: LBJ and MLK

    This lesson plan attempts to dissolve the artificial boundary between domestic and international affairs in the postwar period to show students how we choose to discuss history.

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    "Created Equal"

    NEH initiative of five outstanding films on the long civil rights movement .  The website contains five complete films, background essays, and a teachers' resource section with film clips, primary source documents, and lesson plans.

    Italian Americans

    The Italian Americans

    The Italian Americans is a PBS documentary that reveals the distinctive qualities of one immigrant group’s experience and how they have shaped and challenged America. Educational resources trace their evolution from their arrival as migrant laborers with a role in the nation’s modernization, to the struggle against discrimination and lingering stereotypes, to a central role in the making of postwar America.

    Italian Americans

    The Italian Americans

    The Italian Americans is a PBS documentary that reveals the distinctive qualities of one immigrant group’s experience and how they have shaped and challenged America. Educational resources trace their evolution from their arrival as migrant laborers with a role in the nation’s modernization, to the struggle against discrimination and lingering stereotypes, to a central role in the making of postwar America.

    Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse

    Walt Disney

    American Experience's mini site for the Walt Disney film offers an unprecedented look at the complex life and enduring legacy of one of America’s best-known storytellers – Walt Disney.

    Launchpad: “The Grand Inquisitor” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

    By Ed Marks and Dan Cummings, revised by Joe Phelan

    About the Author

    In the spring of 1849, Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821–1881) faced a Russian firing squad. He had been accused of the political crime of promoting utopian socialism, a popular ideology that threatened the deeply conservative government of Czar Nicholas I. Just as the order was being given to the firing squad to shoot, a messenger appeared with an edict from the Czar commuting the sentence to four years of hard labor in Siberia.

    American Experience webpage for Freedom Summer

    American Experience: Freedom Summer

    In the summer of 1964, student volunteers joined local African Americans in a historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in Mississippi. The website features historical background essays, bonus video interviews with participants and original art work.

    American Experience webpage for Freedom Summer

    American Experience: Freedom Summer

    In the summer of 1964, student volunteers from around the country joined organizers and local African Americans in a historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in what was one of the nation’s most segregated states. The website features historical background essays, bonus video of interviews with participants and original art work.

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    Exploring Women's History Through Film

    This Women’s History Month, EDSITEment invites teachers, parents and students to honor American women’s experience in wartime. From the American Revolution through WWII, examine the vital roles women have played on the battlefield, behind the lines, and on the home front.