Social Studies

Social Studies (X) - Elementary (X) - High (X) - U.S. History (X)

Prairie Places | Early Autos

Icon: 
Streaming icon

Learn about the history of early automobile manufacturers in North Dakota and the men who built them. The vehicles in early days were built by individuals between 1899 and 1910.

Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota | Jay Cooke State Park

Icon: 
Streaming icon

Learn how Civilian Conservation Corps built the Swinging Bridge in Jay Cooke State Park, Minnesota.

Katherine Johnson | NASA Computer

Icon: 
Streaming icon

Examine the life and career of NASA computer Katherine Johnson, and engage students in a discussion of the qualities Johnson exhibited that helped her break racial and gender barriers.

Layover in Atlanta: The Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport | Georgia Stories

Icon: 
Streaming icon

 Flying came into vogue at the turn of the century. Asa Candler built a speedway on 300 acres of cotton fields near the village of Hapeville where popular auto races and flying shows were staged. Cities need good transportation features to prosper and Atlanta was already a railroad hub in the South. Local pilots urged that an airport be built but aviation was thought to be a fad. It was not until 1927 when the city of Atlanta bought the speedway and the federal government made Atlanta an airmail stop that the airport really took off. Through the years new terminals were built and billions were pumped in the economy.

Mechanization on the Farm in the Early 20th Century | The People in the Pictures

Icon: 
Streaming icon

Learn how the first half of the twentieth century was a time of transition on the family farm in this video from Iowa Public Television. As tractors began to replace horses, farm families witnessed the birth of mechanization on the farm.

This segment from Iowa Public Television's documentary "The People in the Pictures: Stories from the Wettach Farm Photos" features original photography, restored archival color film, filmed recreations, and first-person accounts of farm life in rural America during the Great Depression and early twentieth century.

Red River Land | History of Travel | Getting to the Homestead

Icon: 
Streaming icon

Homesteaders could take a train part of the way to homestead in the Red River Valley, but after they got off the train, they had to find a way to get to unclaimed land.  These settlers used a variety of methods of transportation from walking to bicycles to wagons to steamboats, and, finally, on their farms, steam-powered tractors.

Fort Buford: Splendid Isolation | Part 1

Icon: 
Streaming icon

Isolated in the Midwestern prairie in Dakota Territory, Fort Buford served as a supply and trading post for the U.S. Army at the confluence of two major upper plains rivers. Rivers were a primary means of transportation at the time, enabling Fort Buford to serve as a supply post during the Great Sioux War.

The Grave Creek Mound

Icon: 
Streaming icon

Examine the history of the Grave Creek Mound with a team of archaeologists as they use traditional and modern technology to discover its secrets.

Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota | Gooseberry Fall State Park

Icon: 
Streaming icon

Learn about partnership of local experienced men and Civilian Conservation Corps boys at Gooseberry Falls State Park.

Rocket Man

Icon: 
Streaming icon

Listen as Homer Hickam describes his life from early years in Coalwood, WV through his work at NASA and talks about how his experiences in southern West Virginia helped him with his career. 

Patent and Invention Research | History Detectives

Icon: 
Streaming icon

This History Detectives media gallery features a collection of resources illustrating research methodology for investigating patents and inventions.

Faces of the Oil Patch | Glenda Baker Embry (City Drivers)

Icon: 
Streaming icon

Glenda Baker Embry can tell that not everyone in Parshall, North Dakota, is originally from North Dakota because they look different and they speak differently. She also comments that small-town North Dakota drivers are getting hand gestures other than the neighborly waves they once got.

Threshing Machine: Farmers Working Together | The People in the Pictures

Icon: 
Streaming icon

Learn how during the early to mid-twentieth century, steam-powered threshing machines were widely used on farms in this video from Iowa Public Television.  Threshing, the process of removing the grain from the stalk on a plant such as oats or wheat, was a big event that drew friends and neighbors to local farms.  Prior to the steam engine, this work was laborious and all done by hand. Even with a steam engine to power the threshing machine, many hands were needed to help bring in a crop. Women were also extremely busy during the threshing. The threshing crew needed to be fed and all of the women came together to prepare food for the crew. 

This segment from Iowa Public Television's documentary "The People in the Pictures: Stories from the Wettach Farm Photos" features original photography, restored archival color film, filmed recreations, and first-person accounts of farm life in rural America during the Great Depression and early twentieth century.

Faces of the Oil Patch | Julie Wisness

Icon: 
Streaming icon

Hear Julie Wisness, a rancher from Keene, North Dakota, explain that she and her husband decided to stay in this area because it is their home, but recognize that others in the area have complaints and have decided to leave due to all the changes. “Oil is great; if you have it, it’s wonderful.”

Red River Land | History of Travel | The Skies

Icon: 
Streaming icon

In the early days of the airplane people put on shows to display their flying talent.  Some notable performing aviators, male and female, were known as barnstormers and were from the Red River Valley.  Today modern jet aircraft transport people and freight all over Red River Land.

Pages