On This Day: The 1898 Treaty of Paris

At one time, America, too, was a colonial power. Using clips from talks from historians, class members explore how this happened with the 1898 Treaty of Paris that ended the Spanish-American War. Afterward, they consider whether the United States is still an imperial power.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use scholar discussion of events in American imperialism to review concepts
  • Off clips to inform a discussion of colonialism or imperialism
Classroom Considerations
  • Use the free classroom account with the following login credentials: Username: students, 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 includes links to discussion questions and lesson plans
  • Video clips offer varying viewpoints for pupils to consider
Cons
  • None