Teaching Resources

Government and Civics

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.

A Founding Father on the Missouri Compromise, 1819

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

A Look at Slavery through Posters and Broadsides

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

A plan for a new government, 1775

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A plea to defend the Alamo, 1836

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A proclamation on the suspension of habeas corpus, 1862

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Abraham Lincoln on Slavery and Race

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

Agriculture in America

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

Alamo Simulation

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

America in Song

Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics Grade Levels: 3, 4, 5

America’s First Ladies on Twentieth-Century Issues

Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels: 8

Analyzing the Great Compromise, 1787

Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics Grade Levels: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+

Anti-corporate cartoons, ca. 1900

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

Articles of Confederation

Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics Grade Levels: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+

Barack Obama’s First Inaugural Address, 2009

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Birth of a Nation

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

Birth of a Nation, 1915

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Blacks in Blue

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

Building Mount Rushmore, 1926

Curriculum Subjects: Art Grade Levels:

Celebrating Labor Day

Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics Grade Levels: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Consequences of the Depression

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

Declaration of Independence, 1776

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

Declarations of Independence

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

Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Domestic Leadership

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

Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Farewell Address

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

Examining Antebellum Elections

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

FDR on racial discrimination, 1942

Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics Grade Levels: 9

Fourteen Points

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

George Wallace on segregation, 1964

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Guided Readings: Indian Removal

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

Guided Readings: The Changing Status of Women

Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Indian Policy

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

Jacksonian Democracy

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

Japanese Internment Camps of WWII

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

Japanese internment, 1942

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

JFK’s Inaugural Address

Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics Grade Levels: 4, 5, 6

John Mosby on the silver issue, 1895

Curriculum Subjects: Economics Grade Levels:

Legislation

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

Lincoln and Civil Liberties

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

Lincoln’s Reconstruction Plan

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

Manifest Destiny

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

National Expansion

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

Native American Policy

Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics Grade Levels: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

New Amsterdam: The Center of the Dutch Settlement

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

New Deal Legislation

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New States in the Union

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

North-South Comparisons

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

Osama bin Laden and 9/11

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

Our Victorious Fleets in Cuban Waters, 1898

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People’s Party campaign poster, 1892

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

Plessy v. Ferguson

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

President Reagan’s First Inaugural Address, 1981

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Presidential Election Results, 1789–2008

Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics Grade Levels: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Proclamation of 1763

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

Reconstruction

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Reconstruction Amendments

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

Robert Kennedy on civil rights, 1963

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

Runaway slave ad, 1860

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

Sacco and Vanzetti, 1921

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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+

Slavery

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

Study Aid: Checks and Balances

Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics Grade Levels: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Study Aid: Great Society Legislation

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

Study Aid: The Bill of Rights

Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Suffragists invoke Lincoln, 1910

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Teaching the Revolution

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

Thanksgiving Proclamation, 1863

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The Articles of Confederation, 1777

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The Breakdown of the Party System

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

The British evacuation of Boston, 1776

Curriculum Subjects: Art, Government and Civics Grade Levels: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

The Constitution and Slavery

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

The Declaration of Independence

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

The Farmers' Revolt

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

The Fifteenth Amendment, 1870

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The First Emancipation

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The First National Census

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

The Folly of Empire (Condensed Version)

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

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 Great War

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The Haymarket Affair, 1886

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The Impact of the Depression

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

The Monroe Doctrine

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

The National Bank Debate

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

The Nullification Crisis

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

The Postwar Red Scare

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

The Promise of Democracy

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

The Scottsboro Trial

Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics Grade Levels: 5, 6, 7, 8

The Stamp Act Crisis

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

The Stamp Act, 1765

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The Survival of the US Constitution

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

The Trail of Tears

Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels: 5, 6, 7, 8

The Whiskey Rebellion, 1794

Curriculum Subjects: Economics, Government and Civics Grade Levels:

Theodore Roosevelt : A Bully Reformer

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

Theodore Roosevelt and the Trusts

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

Washington’s Farewell Address

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

What Does Liberty Look Like?

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Who Was John Brown?

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

Woman Suffrage before 1920

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Women’s suffrage poster, 1915

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Women’s Suffrage: 140 Years of Struggle

Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

World War II: Posters and Propaganda

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