Closer Readings Commentary

The American Presidents: EDSITEment’s Related Lesson Plans and Websites


Franklin D. Roosevelt

The New Deal

  • FDR's Fireside Chats: The Power of Words
    In this lesson, which focuses on two of FDR's Fireside Chats, students gain a sense of the dramatic effect of FDR's voice on his audience, see the scope of what he was proposing in these initial speeches, and make an overall analysis of why the Fireside Chats were so successful.
  • The Social Security Act
    This lesson engages students in the debate over the Social Security Act, which engrossed the nation during the 1930s.
  • African Americans and the New Deal's Civilian Conservation Corps
    The Civilian Conservation Corps, a New Deal recovery and relief program, provided more than a quarter of a million young black men with jobs during the Depression. By examining primary source documents, students analyze the impact of this program on race relations in America and assess the role played by the New Deal in changing them.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt and the Rise of Social Reform in the 1930s
    This lesson asks students to explore the various roles that Eleanor Roosevelt, a key figure in several of the most important social reform movements of the twentieth century, took on, among them: First Lady, political activist for civil rights, newspaper columnist and author, and representative to the United Nations.

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World War II

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Harry Truman

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John F. Kennedy

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Lyndon B. Johnson

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Richard M. Nixon

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Jimmy Carter

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Ronald Reagan

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George H.W. Bush

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William Jefferson Clinton

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George Washington and Abraham Lincoln

EDSITEment has added this section as a handy reference to the two most notable of America's earlier Presidents

George Washington
Abraham Lincoln

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Selected EDSITEment Websites


The American Presidency Project

This resource has consolidated, coded, and organized into a single searchable database the following: The Messages and Papers of the Presidents: Washington—Taft (1789–1913); The Public Papers of the Presidents:Hoover to Bush (1929–1993); The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents:Clinton—G.W. Bush (1993-2008)

American President

In-depth essays written and reviewed by distinguished scholars on each president and administration. Audio recording of White House tapes and images included.

Mr. President: Profiles of Our Nation's Leaders

Profiles of each president written for elementary and middle school students. Images from the Smithsonian collections included.

Presidents of the United States (POTUS)

Overview of facts about each president and administration.

Presidential Speeches

Annual Messages to Congress and the State of the Union Addresses for each president

The Presidential Timeline of the Twentieth Century

A joint effort of twelve Presidential libraries. Case studies, documents, photographs, audio recordings, and video relating to the events of these presidents' lives


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