Zoom In U.S. History Lessons
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- The Revolution and the new nation (1763 to 1815)
- Expansion and reform (1801 to 1861)
- Crisis of the Union: Civil War and Reconstruction (1850 to 1877)
- The development of modern America (1865 to 1920)
- Modern America and the World Wars (1914 to 1945)
- Contemporary America (1945 to present)
The Revolution and the new nation (1763 to 1815)
Protesting the Stamp Act: Mobs or Crowds?
Lesson Question: Why was crowd action a common form of protest in colonial America? What were the differences between the British and colonial views of Stamp Act protests?
"The Bloody Massacre” and Patriot Propaganda
Lesson Question: In what way was Paul Revere's engraving a piece of propaganda for the Patriot cause?
Ratifying the U.S. Constitution
Lesson Question: Should we ratify the Constitution?
Expansion and reform (1801 to 1861)
The Lowell Mill Girls and America's First Factories
Lesson Question: Did the opportunities that America's first factories provided for young women outweigh the hardships they experienced there?
A Conflict Between Nations: The U.S. Indian Removal Act and the Cherokee Nation
Lesson Question: How did the Cherokee Nation argue against U.S. Indian removal policies?
Crisis of the Union: Civil War and Reconstruction (1850 to 1877)
Running Against the Odds
Lesson Question: Why didn’t more slaves escape North? How did some manage to escape despite the odds?
African-American Military Service During the Civil War
Lesson Question: How did the North and South view African Americans’ military service in the Civil War?
Freeing the Slaves: Why did Abraham Lincoln Issue the Emancipation Proclamation?
Lesson Question: Did Abraham Lincoln decide to issue the Emancipation Proclamation mostly for military reasons or mostly because of his moral principles?
The development of modern America (1865 to 1920)
The Costs and Benefits of Change: Railroads and the American West
Lesson Question: How were railroads both productive and destructive as they changed the American West?
U.S. AS A WORLD POWER
Should the United States Have Annexed the Philippines?
Lesson Question: Should the United States have annexed the Philippines?
Clashing Views on Early 20th Century Immigration
Lesson Question: What hopes and fears did Americans have about the arrival of new immigrants in the 1900s?
Modern America and the World Wars (1914 to 1945)
Bullet Proof: Organized Crime and Prohibition
Lesson Question: Why did the government have a hard time enforcing Prohibition?
Farmers Take Action and Respond to the Great Depression
Lesson Question: How did farmers join together and use direct action to try to improve their conditions during the Great Depression?
WORLD WAR II
United We Win: Labor on the World War II Homefront
Lesson Question: Why did the U.S. government create this poster in 1943?
Contemporary America (1945 to present)
CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT
“I Didn’t Know Anything About Voting”: Civil Rights in Mississippi
Lesson Question: Why were so few African Americans registered to vote in Mississippi during the 1950s and early 1960s?
Popular Music Goes to War over Vietnam
Lesson Question: How was America divided over the Vietnam War?
CHICANO RIGHTS MOVEMENT
Building a Social Movement: César Chávez and the United Farm Workers
Lesson Question: How did the tactics of César Chávez and the United Farm Workers union involve the public in the fight for fair working conditions for farmworkers?
Silence = Death: Confronting the AIDS Epidemic
Lesson Question: What was the message of the "Silence = Death" poster? How was it part of the larger AIDS activist movement?