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World History for Us All

World History for Us All is a powerful, innovative model curriculum for teaching world history in middle and high schools.

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Reporting America at War

The NEH-funded film by Stephen Ives, Reporting America at War, explores the role of American journalists from San Juan Hill to the beaches of Normandy, from the jungles of Vietnam to the Persian Gulf in a the three-hour documentary.

  • The Creation of the Bill of Rights: "Retouching the Canvas"

    Created October 19, 2011
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    Alaska History and Cultural Studies

    Alaska's History and Cultural Studies provides students, teachers and others access to a rich source of facts and viewpoints about Alaska and its history. Six units cover important themes and historical periods with stories of the people, photographs, maps, oral history, letters, and other primary resources.

  • The Creation of the Bill of Rights: “Retouching the Canvas”

    Created October 17, 2011
    The Creation of the Bill of Rights: James Madison Statue

    This lesson will focus on the arguments either for or against the addition of a Bill of Rights between 1787 and 1789. By examining the views of prominent Americans in original documents, students will see that the issue at the heart of the debate was whether a Bill of Rights was necessary to secure and fulfill the objects of the American Revolution and the principles of the Declaration of Independence. Students will also gain an understanding of the origins of the Bill of Rights and how it came to be part of what Thomas Jefferson called "the American mind," as well as a greater awareness of the difficulties that proponents had to overcome in order to add the first ten Amendments to the Constitution.

  • Ratifying the Constitution

    Created September 28, 2011
    Ratifying the Constitution: "Fame" Announces Ratification of Constitution

    This lesson introduces students to the vigorous debates surrounding the ratification of the Constitution that took place in the state conventions. State delegates grappled with questions about the nature of democracy, the distribution of wealth and power in society, the rights of individuals and minority groups, and the role of dissent in a republic.

    U.S. History Resources

    The U.S. History Resources assists students and teachers in high school U.S. history courses. For some, the understanding of the "big picture" gets lost in the sheer volume of facts, dates, people, and movements. When this happens, history can become more of a memorization exercise than a thoughtful analysis of how and why things occurred. This site attempts to simplify American history without making it simplistic.

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    Alexander Hamilton Exhibition

    This NEH-funded exhibit offers a look at founding father Alexander Hamilton. The site features historical artifacts, virtual tours of Hamilton's life in New York and New Jersey, a document database, and a comprehensive timeline.

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    Modernist Journals Project

    This multi-faceted project, a joint effort of Brown University and the University of Tulsa, explores modernism and its rise in the English-speaking world through periodical literature (1890-1922). It includes teaching materials for use in the classroom and in research..