The American Presidents: EDSITEment’s Related Lesson Plans and Websites
- 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.
- Freedom by the Fireside: The Legacy of FDR's "Four Freedoms" Speech
One of the most famous political speeches on freedom in the twentieth century was delivered by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in his 1941 State of the Union message to Congress.This lesson examines some of the nuances and ambiguities inherent in the rhetorical use of "freedom." The objective is to encourage students to glimpse the broad range of hopes and aspirations that are expressed in the call of—and for—freedom.
- FDR and the Lend-Lease Act
This lesson shows students how broadly the Lend-Lease Act of March 1941 empowered the federal government, particularly the President, and asks students to investigate how FDR promoted the program in speeches and then in photographs.
- American Diplomacy in World War II
Curriculum unit overview. This four-lesson curriculum unit examines the nature of what Winston Churchill called the "Grand Alliance" between the United States, Great Britain, and the Soviet Union in opposition to the aggression of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan.
- The United States and Europe: From Neutrality to War, 1921–1941
- The Road to Pearl Harbor: The United States and East Asia, 1915–1941
- “The Proper Application of Overwhelming Force”: The United States in World War II
- The Origins of the Cold War, 1945–1949
Curriculum unit overview. Since the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, Soviet leaders had been claiming that communism and capitalism could never peacefully coexist. Agreements regarding the postwar world were reached at Yalta and Potsdam, but the Soviets wasted no time in violating them. Harry Truman believed that the proper means of responding to an international bully was a credible threat of force.
- Witch Hunt or Red Menace? Anticommunism in Postwar America, 1945–1954
In this curriculum unit, students will study the turbulent postwar period, examining the various events and ideas that defined it and considering how much of the anticommunist sentiment of the era was justified and how much was an overreaction.
- "Police Action": The Korean War, 1950–1953
This lesson introduces students to the Korean conflict by having them read the most important administration documents related to it.
- JFK, Freedom Rides and Civil Rights Movement
- "The Missiles of October": The Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962
- This lesson will examine how this crisis developed, how the Kennedy administration chose to respond, and how the situation was ultimately resolved
- JFK, LBJ, and the Fight for Equal Opportunity in the 1960
- JFK, LBJ, and the Fight for Equal Opportunity in the 1960s
- The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution and the Escalation of the Vietnam War
EDSITEment has added this section as a handy reference to the two most notable of America's earlier Presidents
- George Washington: The Living Symbol
- George Washington The Precedent President
- George Washington and the Whiskey Rebellion
- What Made George Washington a Good Military Leader?
- Teaching Abraham Lincoln
- Abraham Lincoln, the 1860 Election, and the Future of the American Union and Slavery
- Fragment on the Constitution and Union (1861)—The Purpose of the American Union
- The First Inaugural Address (1861)—Defending the American Union
- The Emancipation Proclamation: Freedom's First Steps
- The Gettysburg Address (1863)—Defining the American Union
- Abraham Lincoln and Wartime Politics
- The Second Inaugural Address (1865)—Restoring the American Union
- Lincoln and the American Union: "A Word Fitly Spoken"
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)
In-depth essays written and reviewed by distinguished scholars on each president and administration. Audio recording of White House tapes and images included.
Profiles of each president written for elementary and middle school students. Images from the Smithsonian collections included.
Overview of facts about each president and administration.
Annual Messages to Congress and the State of the Union Addresses for each president
A joint effort of twelve Presidential libraries. Case studies, documents, photographs, audio recordings, and video relating to the events of these presidents' lives