American Presidents


  • 1964: "LBJ's War on Poverty"

    Explore how President’s Johnson’s “war on poverty” initiative sought not just to alleviate poverty but end it, in this video from American Experience: “1964.” Johnson, recognizing that race and poverty were linked, proposed a vast legislative agenda that would attack the root causes of poverty and provide opportunity for all. He also hoped that it would help secure his reputation as a great president. This resource is part of the American Experience Collection.

    Grades: 6-12
  • 1964: "Passage of the Civil Rights Act"

    Explore how President Johnson used his powers of persuasion and political skills to convince legislators to vote for the controversial Civil Rights Act of 1964, in this video from American Experience: “1964.” Despite resistance from a solid block of senators from the Deep South, who had successfully used the filibuster to prevent civil rights laws from being passed for nearly 100 years, Johnson was able to find enough votes to pass a law that would end segregation in public places. This resource is part of the American Experience Collection.

    Grades: 6-12
  • 1964: "The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution"

    Discover how reports of a North Vietnamese attack on U.S. ships in the Gulf of Tonkin led to President Johnson’s decision to increase U.S. involvement in Vietnam, in this video from American Experience: “1964.” Although Johnson had campaigned as a peace candidate, his decision to undertake military action in reaction to the incident had a powerful impact on the country and his legacy. This resource is part of the American Experience Collection.

    Grades: 6-12
  • 1964: "The Importance of the Civil Rights Act"

    Learn about the impact of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, often considered one of the most influential laws in U.S. history, in this video from American Experience: “1964.” It not only ended segregation in public places, it altered the “southern way of life” and created a new America. Although Lyndon Johnson celebrated its passage, he knew that it would bring sweeping and sometimes challenging changes to society. This resource is part of the American Experience Collection.

    Grades: 6-12
  • 1964: "The South Changes Political Parties"

    Learn how the 1964 presidential race between Barry Goldwater and Lyndon Johnson affected political alignments and offered voters a stark choice in this video from American Experience: “1964.” Although the Democratic Party had long controlled the South, Johnson’s association with civil rights began to reshape alliances and led to dramatic shifts in support for each party. This resource is part of the American Experience Collection.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Clinton - Primary Resources: Lewinsky-Tripp Tapes

    Pentagon worker Linda Tripp recorded her telephone conversations with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Learn more with this transcript, from American Experience: "Clinton." This resource is part of the American Experience Collection.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Clinton - The Lewinsky Scandal

    Learn about the media's role in the Monica Lewinsky scandal during Bill Clinton's presidency, in this excerpt from American Experience: "Clinton." This resource is part of the American Experience Collection.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Clinton - Passing the Budget Bill

    In 1994, the vote on the budget bill came down to Marjorie Margolis Mezvinsky. Bill Clinton would use every tactic any leader has at his disposal to try to get the bill passed. Learn more with this excerpt from American Experience: "Clinton." This resource is part of the American Experience Collection.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Clinton - Hillary

    First Lady Hillary Clinton was blamed for the poor showing during the 1994 midterm elections. "Voters thought that it was a zero sum game, that for Hillary to be strong Bill would have to be weak, and as a result the perception of Hillary's strength became a perception of Bill's weakness," says Political Consultant Dick Morris. Watch more about Hillary in this excerpt from American Experience: "Clinton." This resource is part of the American Experience Collection.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Clinton - Clinton's Carson Appearance

    Bill Clinton's appearance on Carson, where he played the saxophone and joked about his rambling convention speech, revitalized his image. Watch more with this excerpt from American Experience: "Clinton." This resource is part of the American Experience Collection.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Clinton - Clinton Behind the Scenes

    Explore how the filmmakers of "Clinton" approached the creation of their film. Learn more with this video from American Experience: "Clinton." This resource is part of the American Experience Collection.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Clinton - Teacher's Resources: Teacher's Guide

    Bill Clinton rose from a broken childhood in Arkansas to become one of the most successful politicians in modern American history, and one of the most complex and conflicted characters to ever stride across the public stage. From draft dodging to Monica Lewinsky to a balanced budget, the presidency of William Jefferson Clinton veered between sordid scandal and grand achievement. Learn how the media and terrorism also shaped his presidency, and explore other topics with this teacher's guide from American Experience: "Clinton." This resource is part of the American Experience Collection.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Eisenhower - Primary Resources: State of the Union Address, 1957

    Learn about Eisenhower's position on conservation and U.S. military and political strength, from American Experience: "Eisenhower." This resource is part of the American Experience Collection.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Eisenhower - Primary Resources: State of the Union Address, 1955

    Learn how Eisenhower affirmed America's anti-communist stance in foreign affairs in 1955, from American Experience: "Eisenhower." This resource is part of the American Experience Collection.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Eisenhower - Primary Resources: Nixon's Checkers Speech

    Eisenhower's vice president, Richard Nixon, cites and defends himself against an independent audit claiming he used contributions for personal expenses. Read the speech, from American Experience: "Eisenhower." This resource is part of the American Experience Collection.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Eisenhower - Primary Resources: Letters to Mamie

    Eisenhower corresponded with his wife, Mamie, during World War II. Read some of these letters, from American Experience: "Eisenhower." This resource is part of the American Experience Collection.

    Grades: 9-12
  • The Presidents - Primary Source: Eisenhower's First Inaugural Address, 1953

    In his 1953 inaugural address, Eisenhower focused on foreign policy, and said war is an abhorrent means of settling international differences. Learn more with this primary source, from American Experience: "Eisenhower." 

    Grades: 9-12
  • The Presidents - Primary Source: Eisenhower's Farewell Address, 1961

    In 1961, Dwight Eisenhower cautioned the American public against the growth of the military industrial complex. Learn more with his farewell address, from American Experience: "Eisenhower." This resource is part of the American Experience Collection.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Eisenhower - Primary Resources: Brown v. Board of Education: Topeka, 1954

    Analyze the reasoning in Justice Earl Warren's Supreme Court opinion that abolished "separate but equal" schools in public education, with this primary source from American Experience: "Eisenhower." This resource is part of the American Experience Collection.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Eisenhower - Teacher's Resources: Teacher's Guide

    Dwight D. Eisenhower was the last of our presidents born in the 19th century. Learn more with this guide from American Experience: "Eisenhower." This resource is part of the American Experience Collection.

    Grades: 9-12

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