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When Worlds Collide

This PBS website looks at how the Old and New Worlds mixed after Columbus landed on Hispaniola in 1492. The 90-minute documentary and website trace milestone events during the 16th century and illustrates how both the New World and the Old were radically transformed by contact. The extensive resources for teachers and students include a timeline, scholarly essays and lesson plans.

 

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Mission US: For Crown or Colony?

Let your students fill the shoes of 14-year-old printer's apprentice Nat Wheeler as tensions mount before the Boston Massacre in Mission US, "For Crown or Colony?," an NEH-funded multimedia project featuring a free, interactive educational game set in 1770s Boston, with lesson plans, and more.

  • Other Worlds: The Voyage of Columbus

    Created October 27, 2010
    Other Worlds: The Voyage of Columbus

    Meet the people whose encounter with Columbus led to the creation of a New World.

  • The Road to Santa Fe: Interactive Map

    Created October 19, 2010
  • Asian-Pacific: Voyage of Manjiro

    Created October 19, 2010
  • Where I Come From

    Created October 7, 2010
    Where I Come From: Statue of Liberty

    Students take research into their heritage a step beyond the construction of a family tree, traveling through cyberspace to find our what's happening in their ancestral homelands today.

  • Slave Narratives: Constructing U.S. History Through Analyzing Primary Sources

    Created September 30, 2010
    Slave Narratives: Constructing U.S. History Mary Kincheon Edwards

    The realities of slavery and Reconstruction hit home in poignant oral histories from the Library of Congress. In these activities, students research narratives from the Federal Writers' Project and describe the lives of former African slaves in the U.S. -- both before and after emancipation. From varied stories, students sample the breadth of individual experiences, make generalizations about the effects of slavery and Reconstruction on African Americans, and evaluate primary source documents.

  • Life on the Great Plains

    Created September 28, 2010
    Life on the Great Plains: Plains indians on horseback

    Examine the history and geography of a region that has been at the heart of the American experience.