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President Nixon 1969 Inaugural Address
Richard Nixon, newly sworn in as the 37th president of the United States, reflects on the decades between his January 20, 1969 inaugural address and the beginning of the next millennium. Emphasizing the American dream, peace versus war,...
18 mins 6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
War, Citizenship and the Presidency
War, Citizenship and the Presidency Does it matter who is U.S. President in matters of war and peace? A vigilant and informed citizenry can compel elected officials to obey the law, increase global stability, and pursue policies which limit mass violence. How do we teach students to apply the lessons from history’s instructive moments for the good of civilization today? Key events from the Nixon and Kennedy administrations -- Watergate, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the Vietnam War-- illustrate the importance of clear-headed executive leadership and freedom of the press to inform the public of key issues. Young people are naturally compassionate: exposure to the stories, images, and testimonies of the abuse of power inspire curiosity and engagement. While disturbing photos and unpleasant news reports may not seem to be ideal teaching tools, used properly, they can be productive educational motivators. Assign a human face or iconic image to abstract concepts, students become engaged to learn more and take action. Understanding that a healthy democracy requires transparency in government allows ordinary citizens to ensure our executive leadership operates both ethically and legally, here and abroad. The lessons in this collection are selected to provide quality tools for analyzing iconic moments of war and peace during the Kennedy and Nixon administrations, and inspire careful consideration of how our knowledge of these events is applicable in the 2016 election of the 45th U.S. President.
8th - Higher Ed Social Studies & History
Televised Debates: Candidates Take a Stand
New ReviewElementary or middle school scholars learn about the significance of the first televised live presidential debate between Nixon and Kennedy, all the while discussing what qualities make a good leader, what they can or can't learn about a...
3rd - 8th
What is McCarthyism? And how did it happen?
Who was Joseph McCarthy and why is his name synonymous with witch hunts? What were the factors that permitted the political repression of the 1950s to flourish? Could the same thing happen today? An intriguing video traces the rise and...
6 mins 9th - 12th
Social Life in the 1950's and Domestic Politics and Policy
Eleventh graders examine the cultural mood and politics of the 1950's in the United States. They read a section of their text and take notes, view a clip of the movie "Pleasantville" and discuss societal roles in the 1950's, and listen...