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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.

Assassination of Archduke Ferdinand of Austria at Sarajevo, Bosnia

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Poet Gwendolyn Brooks is born

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Internet Public Library: Presidents of the United States

In this resource you will find background information, election results, cabinet members, notable events, and some points of interest on each of the presidents. Links to biographies, historical documents, audio and video files, and other presidential sites are also included.

History of Jim Crow

The Jim Crow laws encompassed every part of American life, from politics to education to sports. This site provides a comprehensive look at the 80-year period of segregation in the U.S.

Detail of early 20th-century photo of children in urban immigrant community

Aspiration, Acculturation, and Impact: Immigration to the United States, 1789–1930

Collection of primary source materials from Harvard's libraries, archives, and museums that documents voluntary immigration to the U.S. Collection includes a timeline, search and browse functions, and more.