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The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Found In: arts, language arts, social studies, preK-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History website houses historical essays, multimedia, and lesson plans as well as more than 60,000 historical documents. To get a free subscription to the website and access teaching resources, K-12 teachers must set up an account with a school-affiliated email address.

History by Era presents the history of the United States in ten eras from the Americas to 1620 through 1945 to the Present. Each era features an interactive timeline, an introductory essay, and sub eras. For example, The Progressive Era to the New Era, 1900-1929 has four sub eras: Jim Crow and the Great Migration, The Politics of Reform, World War I, and The Roaring Twenties. The sub era of The Politics of Reform has an introduction, essays on subjects as varied as “Amateurism and Jim Thorpe at the Fifth Olympiad” and “Sisters of Suffrage: British and American Women Fight for the Vote,” featured primary sources, lesson plans, multimedia, interactive features, and a bibliography of recommended reading.

Primary Sources are filed under seven headings from Colonization & Settlement, 1493-1763 to Twentieth Century. Each heading has a brief introduction, selected searches, and educational resources. The document collections can be browsed or keyword searched. Documents can be filtered by era, theme, and object type.

History Now is a quarterly online journal. Each issue focuses on a particular theme and includes essays and lesson plans.

Multimedia can be browsed by era or theme and sorted by title, author, and length (10 minutes-more than 45 minutes).

Programs & Exhibitions lists programs for students and professional development opportunities for teachers.



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