U.S. History

History Plunge

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There are numerous games in every box of HistoryPlunge that can be customized for ages 8 – 108. Learn about the U.S. Presidents, important events in history, and notable people that shaped history. The game covers events from 1492 all the way up to the picture of the black hole.

Grade Level: 
Middle
High
Content Area: 
Social Studies
Play Time: 
20 min.
History Plunge

A Day with Mark Twain | Outdoor Nevada

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In this episode host John Burke spends the day with one of America’s foremost Mark Twain impersonators.

U.S. Veteran Describes Experiences as a Helicopter Pilot in the Vietnam War | Iowans Remember Vietnam

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A United States Marine veteran describes his experiences as a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War. His duties ranged from delivering mail, to troop insertion and extraction, and picking up wounded soldiers. This segment from Iowa Public Television's Iowans Remember Vietnam documentary includes historical archival footage and first-person accounts to describe events and experiences of the war.

World War II Veteran Harold Storey 
- Captain, Army | Georgia Oral History

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Harold Storey, born in Georgia in September of 1922, enlistd, like his father before him, in the Army when his country was in need. He served in the European Theater, seeing combat at Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. Mr. Storey recalls scouting for German soldiers, the difficult weather conditions at the Battle of the Bulge, and taking 500 German soldiers into custody.

Say Brother - Muhammad Ali (1969)

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Learn about Muhammad Ali's critique of Black military service in the Vietnam War, in this video from Basic Black: Say Brother Collection.

Freedom Riders: Down Freedom's Main Line

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Two Freedom Riders reflect on what their non-violent efforts meant for the Civil Rights Movement, and the lives of African-Americans. Excerpted from, American Experience: “Freedom Riders.”

Constitution USA | A More Perfect Union

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In A More Perfect Union, Peter Sagal explores the Constitution’s most striking and innovative feature: its resilient brand of federalism. The framers created a strong national government while at the same time preserving much of the power and independence of the states. This delicate balance of power, seemingly hard-wired for disagreement and conflict, has served America well for more than two centuries. Let's take a closer look at how it has also led to tensions throughout American history and still sparks controversy today over medical marijuana, gun control, and Obamacare.

WWII Personalities

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Students will identify common characteristics exhibited by strong leaders and give examples of these traits as demonstrated by WWII personalities George Patton, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Omar Bradley and George Marshall. This unit includes videos of war veterans speaking about their experiences with these famous individuals, fact sheets, a lesson plan and activities. Students will create a mock "Myspace" page for each of the WWII personalities in the unit.

Women's Place: Fritzie Berk (Part II)

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In the second part of her interview, Fritzie Berk talks about working at a steel company during World War II in this video teaching module from KACV's Texas Panhandle Stories: WWII. This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

Italian Passage | Genealogy Roadshow

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Learn about the difficulties that 19th century Italian immigrants faced on their trip to America, in this clip from season 2 of Genealogy Roadshow.

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