Teaching Resources

Economics

Over the past fifteen years, the Gilder Lehrman Institute has worked closely with master educators across the country. Many of them have developed unique lesson plans and activities related to this historical era. These resources are included here along with pedagogical videos and other general teaching tools that can be adapted for a variety of time periods and themes in American history.

Agriculture in America

Curriculum Subjects: Economics, Geography, Government and Civics Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12

Anti-corporate cartoons, ca. 1900

Curriculum Subjects: Art, Economics, Government and Civics Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+

Banking Basics

Curriculum Subjects: Economics Grade Levels: 1, 2, 3, 4

Barack Obama’s First Inaugural Address, 2009

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Buying Frederick Douglass’s freedom, 1846

Curriculum Subjects: Economics Grade Levels:

Civilian Conservation Corps poster, 1938

Curriculum Subjects: Art, Economics Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+

Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Farewell Address

Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics Grade Levels: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+

Fourteen Points

Curriculum Subjects: Economics, Geography, Government and Civics, World History Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12

Guided Readings: The Gospel of Wealth

Curriculum Subjects: Economics Grade Levels: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+

Indenture agreement, 1742

Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+

Industrialization - American Labor

Curriculum Subjects: Economics Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12

Industrialization - Changing Living Standards

Curriculum Subjects: Economics Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12

Jacksonian Democracy

Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12

John Mosby on the silver issue, 1895

Curriculum Subjects: Economics Grade Levels:

Lowell Mill Girls and the factory system, 1840

Curriculum Subjects: Economics Grade Levels:

Manifest Destiny

Curriculum Subjects: Economics, Geography, Government and Civics Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12

Mass Production, Suburbia & Conformity in the 1950s

Curriculum Subjects: Economics Grade Levels: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Mexican Americans and the Great Depression

Curriculum Subjects: Economics Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+

New Amsterdam: The Center of the Dutch Settlement

Curriculum Subjects: Geography Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+

New Deal Legislation

Curriculum Subjects: Economics, Government and Civics Grade Levels:

North-South Comparisons

Curriculum Subjects: Economics, Geography, Government and Civics Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12

Olaudah Equiano

Curriculum Subjects: Economics, World History Grade Levels: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+

Photograph of a “Hooverville,” 1936

Curriculum Subjects: Economics Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+

Postwar Labor Tensions

Curriculum Subjects: Economics Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+

Responses to Industrialism

Curriculum Subjects: Economics Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12

Rise of the Populists and William Jennings Bryan

Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12

Runaway slave ad, 1852

Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+

Runaway slave ad, 1860

Curriculum Subjects: Economics, Geography, Government and Civics Grade Levels:

Secession and the Civil War

Curriculum Subjects: Economics, Government and Civics Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12

Sectional Conflict

Curriculum Subjects: Economics, Government and Civics Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12

Sharecropper contract, 1867

Curriculum Subjects: Economics, Government and Civics Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+

Slave auction catalog from Louisiana, 1855

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Slavery

Curriculum Subjects: Economics, Government and Civics, Religion and Philosophy Grade Levels:

Slaves and Slaveholdings

Curriculum Subjects: Economics Grade Levels: 6, 7, 8

Study Aid: Great Society Legislation

Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics Grade Levels: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+

Teaching the Revolution

Curriculum Subjects: Economics, Geography, Government and Civics, World History Grade Levels: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+

The American Economy During the 1920s

Curriculum Subjects: Economics Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12

The Changing Lives of American Women

Curriculum Subjects: Economics Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+

The death of slaves on a voyage, 1725

Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+

The Economics of Slavery

Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+

The Farmers' Revolt

Curriculum Subjects: Economics, Government and Civics Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12

The First National Census

Curriculum Subjects: Economics, Geography, Government and Civics Grade Levels: 6, 7, 8

The Global Effect of World War I

Curriculum Subjects: World History Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+

The Grange Movement, 1875

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The Great Depression and The New Deal

Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+

The Haymarket Affair, 1886

Curriculum Subjects: Economics, Government and Civics Grade Levels:

The Impact of the Depression

Curriculum Subjects: Economics, Government and Civics Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12

The National Bank Debate

Curriculum Subjects: Economics, Government and Civics Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+

The New Deal: Legislation & Policies

Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12

The Postwar Red Scare

Curriculum Subjects: Economics, Government and Civics Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+

The Stamp Act, 1765

Curriculum Subjects: Economics, Government and Civics Grade Levels:

The Whiskey Rebellion, 1794

Curriculum Subjects: Economics, Government and Civics Grade Levels:

Theodore Roosevelt and the Trusts

Curriculum Subjects: Economics, Government and Civics Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12

Why Do People Migrate?

Curriculum Subjects: Economics, World History Grade Levels: 13+

“Food Will Win the War,” 1917

Curriculum Subjects: Economics, World History Grade Levels: