People's Century


Discover some of the most influential and important global events of the twentieth century with this collection of classroom resources from PEOPLE'S CENTURY. PEOPLE'S CENTURY explores topics such as World War I, the Great Depression, the rise of communism, racial oppression, and the power of technology. 

  • Master Race, Selected Submissions

    This webpage shows submitted stories from listeners and viewers of the WGBH program People's Century: "Master Race." The stories deal with topics such as anti-Semitism, ethnic hatred, Hitler's rise to power, human rights and endurance, nationalism, propaganda, Nazism, and World War II.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Master Race, Teacher's Guide

    This document provides activities and questions dealing with themes of anti-Semitism, Nazism, nationalism, and World War II. The guide supplements the eyewitness interviews and descriptions from the WGBH program People's Century: "Master Race." Other possible themes include Hitler's rise to power, human rights, endurance, and propaganda.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Master Race, Eyewitness Interview: Anna-Maria Ernst

    This is an interview with Anna-Maria Ernst, a Gypsy woman who survived the Holocaust after being held in Auschwitz during World War II. Ernst discusses the conditions of the concentration camp, the starvation and labor, the treatment of Gypsies, and the death of her family. The interview is from the WGBH program People's Century: "Master Race."

    Grades: 7-12
  • Master Race, Eyewitness Interview: Reinhard Spitzy

    This is an interview with Reinhard Spitzy, an SS officer who worked closely with Hitler's cabinet during World War II. Spitzy recalls the Greek and Nordic racial ideal strived for in the SS, the strict laws on marrying, and his positive, personal interactions with Hitler. The interview is from the WGBH program People's Century: "Master Race."

    Grades: 7-12
  • Master Race, Full Program Description

    This text discusses the content of the WGBH program People's Century: "Master Race." The Master Race refers to the Nordic Aryan racial ideal that accompanied Nazism. This introduction touches upon the initial appeal of Nazism for German citizens, and Germany's political situation in Europe during World War II. Eyewitness quotes are used to illustrate the persecution of Jews, Gypsies, and many others during the Nazi regime.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Sporting Fever, Selected Submissions

    This webpage shows submitted stories from listeners and viewers of the WGBH program People's Century: "Sporting Fever." The stories deal with topics such as famous athletes, sports in popular culture, social values, national identity, propaganda, and the rise of Nazism.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Sporting Fever, Eyewitness Interview: Robert Mitchell

    This is an interview with Robert Mitchell, a British Olympic athlete who participated in the 1936 Olympic games in Germany. Mitchell discusses national pride, antagonism between countries, and the political climate in Germany during the Olympics. The interview is from the WGBH program People's Century: "Sporting Fever."

    Grades: 7-12
  • Sporting Fever, Eyewitness Interview: Ondido Viera

    This is an interview with Ondido Viera, a Uruguayan football player who won Olympic gold in 1924. Viera recalls Olympic victory, country rivalries, and the development of football as a national sport in Uruguay. The interview is from the WGBH program People's Century: "Sporting Fever."

    Grades: 7-12
  • Sporting Fever, Full Program Description

    This text discusses the content of the WGBH program People's Century: "Sporting Fever." Sporting Fever refers to the excitement and fervor citizens of the world felt for competitive sports during World War II. This introduction touches upon the changing landscape of baseball in America, the Olympics in Nazi Germany, and the political climate that surrounded sports competitions. Eyewitness quotes are used to illustrate the importance of sporting events to individuals and how athletes became heroes.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Breadline, Selected Submissions

    This webpage shows submitted stories from listeners and viewers of the WGBH program People's Century: "Breadline." The stories deal with topics such as economics, the Great Depression, ideology and social movements, the New Deal, and the role of the government.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Breadline, Teacher's Guide

    This document is a teacher's guide that provides activities and questions dealing with themes of the Great Depression, economics, ideology, and social movements. The guide supplements the eyewitness interviews and descriptions from the WGBH program People's Century: "Breadline." Other possible themes include the New Deal and the role of the government.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Breadline, Eyewitness Interview: Fernando Liborio

    This is an interview with Fernando Liborio, a Chilean man who worked in the copper mines during the Great Depression. Liborio recalls the Crash of 1929, the decreasing value of the peso, and his impression of President Roosevelt. The interview is from the WGBH program People's Century: "Breadline."

    Grades: 7-12
  • Breadline, Full Program Description

    This text discusses the content of the WGBH program People's Century: "Breadline." Breadline refers to the line that many people stood in to get food during the Great Depression because of drastic economic depression. This introduction touches the stock market crash of 1929, the closure of Chilean copper mines, and the unemployment of over thirteen million Americans. Eyewitness quotes are used to illustrate the desperation of the Great Depression.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Great Escape, Selected Submissions

    This webpage shows submitted stories from listeners and viewers of the WGBH program People's Century: "Great Escape." The stories deal with topics such as the Great Depression, mass entertainment, propaganda, rise of global society, and values in popular culture.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Great Escape, Teacher's Guide

    This document provides activities and questions dealing with themes of the Great Depression, mass entertainment, and the rise of global society. The guide supplements the eyewitness interviews and descriptions from the WGBH program People's Century: "Great Escape." Other possible themes include values in popular culture and propaganda.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Great Escape, Eyewitness Interview: Kitty Carlisle Hart

    This is an interview with Kitty Carlisle Hart, an American actress who worked in Hollywood during the Great Depression. Carlisle Hart discusses her earliest memory of movies, large musical numbers in film, and how World War II changed movies. The interview is from the WGBH program People's Century: "Great Escape."

    Grades: 7-12
  • Great Escape, Full Program Description

    This text discusses the content of the program the WGBH program People's Century: "Great Escape." The Great Escape refers the way many people of Western culture "escaped" their regular life by watching films. This introduction touches upon the novelty of film in the 20s, the normalization of Nickelodeons, and the influence of World War I and II on cinema. Eyewitness quotes are used to illustrate the influence of cinema on people's lives in the twentieth century.

    Grades: 7-12
  • On the Line, Selected Submissions

    This webpage shows submitted stories from listeners and viewers of the WGBH program People's Century: "On the Line." The stories deal with topics such as assembly-line technology, economic growth and decline, immigrants, mass production, consumer society, labor unions, and urban migration.

    Grades: 7-12
  • On the Line, Teacher's Guide

    This document provides activities and questions dealing with themes of assembly-line technology, economic growth and decline, immigrants, and mass production (1908-1945). The guide supplements the eyewitness interviews and descriptions from the WGBH program People's Century: "On the Line." Other possible themes include consumer society, labor unions, and urban migration.

    Grades: 7-12
  • On the Line, Eyewitness Interview: John DeAngelo

    This is an interview with John DeAngelo, an American line employee who worked for Ford Motor Car Company during the Great Depression. DeAngelo discusses the conditions of line work, the long hours worked, unions, and the desire for mass production at any cost. The interview is from the WGBH program People's Century: "On the Line."

    Grades: 7-12

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