Social Education

Promoting Historic Preservation in the Classroom


By Paul LaRue
High school students learn that there is much more to history than the textbook when they interview World War II veterans and transcribe the stories for the Library of Congress’s Veterans History Project.

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Learning Early Twentieth-Century History through First-Person Interviews


By Lisa A. Lark
Carrying out face-to-face interviews with American seniors can make U.S. history more relevant to students, and especially those who are first- and second-generation citizens.

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9/11 and Terrorism: “The Ultimate Teachable Moment” in Textbooks and Supplemental Curricula


Diana Hess and Jeremy Stoddard
A survey of curricular materials developed to address 9/11, reveals there is great discrepancy on how the topic should be covered and what students should be learning.

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The Constitution In Action (Teaching with Documents)


By Lee Ann Potter
Students take on the roles of archivists and researchers when they study primary documents at the Constitution in Action Lab.
(Includes an 1847 credential certificate naming Sam Houston as an elected Senator from Texas.)

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Letter by Stephen Decatur and Painting by Thomas Chambers Related to the War of 1812 (Teaching with Documents)


Lee Ann Potter and Elizabeth K. Eder
This article pairs a textual document with a painting of the related 1812 sea battle, underscoring the value of visual images in fostering new insights about historic events, people, and ideas.

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The Course of the Republic: American Responses to Technology in the Nineteenth Century


Meghan McGlinn Manfra
This overview with teaching activities on the Lowell textile mill and Ralph Waldo Emerson offers creative approaches to studying the political and technological changes of the nineteenth century.

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Listen Up: Studying the American Labor Movement Through Oral Histories


Cheryl Mason Bolick, Lisa Norberg, and Dayna Durbin
A growing collection of digitized oral history interviews on topics such as labor, civil rights, and women’s issues, allows students to hear firsthand about the experiences of individuals during critical periods in American history.

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The Presidential Timeline of the 20th Century (Teaching with Documents)


Paul Resta, Betty S. Flowers, and Ken Tothero
This interactive website with digitized resources from 12 presidential libraries offers students a close-up look at key moments of a president’s term.

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Ford: Not a Lincoln but a Hayes? A Lesson in History and Political Science


By John A. Donnangelo
What makes a president successful? This article evaluates the presidency of Gerald Ford in the light of four theories by political scientists on presidential performance, highlighting one of them.

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Ford: Not a Lincoln but a Hayes? A Lesson in History and Political Science


By John A. Donnangelo
What makes a president successful? This article evaluates the presidency of Gerald Ford in the light of four theories by political scientists on presidential performance, highlighting one of them.

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