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Center on Congress Short Videos

Found Insocial studies, 6-8, 9-12

The videos in "The Impact of Congress" series are on the Teaching With Primary Resources web site, a joint effort of the Center and the Library of Congress. The videos, each about two minutes long, incorporate images of historical documents and photos from the Library’s vast collection.

The videos can be used in classrooms as discussion-starters, to help students understand that Congress is not detached from Americans’ everyday concerns, but rather is an integral part of how we live and work.
Here is a brief synopsis of the videos:

  • Child Labor - Hear stories of children working in dangerous jobs in the early 1900s and understand how the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 provided basic protections to all U.S. workers.
  • Civil Rights - Gain insight into the civil rights movement of the early 1960s and explore the historical events and leadership that led up to the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
  • Marshall Plan - Examine the legislation that lifted Europe from the devastation of World War II and helped to create the post-war economic prosperity that followed.
  • Morrill Act - Learn how the Morrill Land Grant Act of 1862 made higher education available to millions of Americans. 
  • The SEC - Find out how the Securities and Exchange Commission, created through three major acts of Congress in 1934, provided an oversight structure that helped make America's stock markets safer. 
  • Head Start - Explore the impetus for and scope of the Head Start program, one of ten federal programs established by Congress in The Economic Opportunity Act of 1964.


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