Pre-1900 (Periods 4-6):
The films and lessons in this section focus on two political party conventions of the 1800s and an essential period of indigenous history that began during westward expansion and continued for more than a century.
Period 7: 1890-1945:
These resources will help students examine political controversies of the early 1900s along with aspects of the New Deal and World War II.
1912 Republican Convention: TR Starts the Bull Moose Party
1924 Democratic Convention: Tension Over Immigration
Whites-Only Suburbs: How the New Deal Shut Out Black Homebuyers
Labor Union Activism: Advocating for Worker Rights
What Jesse Owens’s Story Tells Us About Sports and Politics – Mini Lesson
How a 1944 Supreme Court Ruling on Internment Camps Led to a Reckoning
Period 8: 1945-1980 Topic 8.2, The Cold War from 1945-1980
Diplomatic, economic, cultural, and military interactions between empires, nations, and peoples shape the development of America and America’s increasingly important role in the world.
Topic 8.3 The Red Scare
Films aligned with this topic focus on the actions and legacy of Joseph McCarthy and his crusade to expose suspected or imagined communists.
Topic 8.9 The Great Society
These films and lessons examine Lyndon Johnson's election as president and the ensuing midterm to provide context for the changing political dynamic in the country.
Topic 8.10 The African American Civil Rights Movement
This portion of the collection will help students examine the causes, methods, triumphs and limitations of the African American Civil Rights Movement.
The Geography of Racism: Housing Policy
American Reckoning Education Resource
Dr. Martin Luther King at Gee’s Bend
Poll Watchers and the Long History of Voter Intimidation
Protests For Racial Justice: A Long History
Brown v. Board of Ed and Busing Promised Integration. Why Are Schools Still Segregated?
The Civil Rights Movement: Black Power and Sports
Topic 8.11 The Civil Rights Movement Expands
These resources center the experiences of women, indigenous, Asian American, Latinx and LGBTQ+ communities in their fight for political power.
Topic 8.13 The Environment and Natural Resources from 1968 to 1980
Geographic and environmental factors, including competition over and debates about natural resources, shaped public policy and social movements.
Topic 8.14 Society in Transition
Debates in American social, political, and economic life shaped government policy, institutions, political parties, and the rights of citizens.
Political Debates and the Kennedy-Nixon Debate
Conspiracy Theories: From JFK’s Assassination to Today
Watts Uprising and the Militarization of Policing
1968 Democratic National Convention: The Mess in Chicago
Presidents v. Press: How the Pentagon Papers Leak Set Up First Amendment Showdowns
How Watergate and Citizens United Shaped Campaign Finance Law
George C. Wallace and the Politics of Segregation
The War on Drugs: The New Face of Heroin
Extremism, ISIS and the Doomsday Cults of the 1970s
Stealing J. Edgar Hoover's Secrets – Mini Lesson
Jimmy Carter and the Rise of Evangelical Voters
1976 Republican Convention: Ford vs Reagan
Period 9: 1980-Present Topic 9.2 Reagan and Conservatism
The emergence of Ronald Reagan and a successful brand of conservative politics influenced the political, social and economic changes of this time period. Some of these resources extend beyond Reagan's time in office, but were heavily influenced by conservative politics.
Topic 9.3 The End of the Cold War
The films and lessons aligned with this topic focus on the legacy of Cold War policies, both foreign and domestic.
Topic 9.5 Migration and Immigration in the 1990s and 2000s
New sets of push and pull factors shaped immigration to the United States and influenced both economic and cultural debates.
Topic 9.6 Challenges of the 21st Century
At the turn of the century, the United States faced external threats from terrorist groups and internal challenges to disaster response and democratic institutions.
Campaigns and Elections: The 2000 Election
9/11 Heroes: Surviving the Biggest Attack on U.S. Soil
How the Military Response to 9/11 Led to Two Decades of War in Afghanistan
Aftermath of the War on Terror
Why the Supreme Court Endorsed, Then Limited Affirmative Action
2004 Democratic Convention: The Importance of the Keynote Speech
Hurricane Katrina and Disaster Response – Mini Lesson
The Minneapolis Bridge Collapse
Extremism in America
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