On This Day: FDR Lays Cornerstone of First Presidential Library

Franklin D. Roosevelt is best known for his role in the Great Depression and World War II. However, he also was one of the first politicians to think about how future generations would remember the history of his time. Using video clips of scholars and archivists, learners examine the legacy of FDR's public history, including his presidential library—the first to preserve primary sources from his presidency. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use video clips to stimulate a discussion on how people preserve history
Classroom Considerations
  • To view the six videos, teachers should create a free account using the username students, and the password: C-SPANCLASSROOM
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros
  • Resource connects to other links about FDR that have wider application
  • Video segments focus on a topic students don't normally explore
Cons
  • None