Politics


  • 1964: "Goldwater and the New Conservatives"

    Learn how the presidential candidacy of Senator Barry Goldwater inspired a group of young conservatives to shape what became known as the New Conservative Movement in this video from American Experience: “1964.” Despite the predominance of Democrats in the White House and in the Senate, events in 1964 sowed the seeds for what would eventually emerge as a stronger Republican Party that was able to win the White House in 1968. This resource is part of the American Experience Collection.

    Grades: 8-12
  • 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
  • 1964: Candidate Johnson Versus President Johnson on Vietnam

    While running for election in 1964 as a peace candidate, President Lyndon B. Johnson was considering significant escalations of U.S. military involvement in Vietnam. Video from, American Experience: "1964." This resource is part of the American Experience Collection.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • John & Abigail Adams - Timeline: John and Abigail Adams

    Explore the historical context of John and Abigail Adams' lives through a timeline from American Experience: "John & Abigail Adams."

    Grades: 9-12
  • John & Abigail Adams - The Choice for Revolution

    Beginning in the 1760s, a series of political events forced John Adams to think hard about colonists' rights. Make your own political decisions and learn about Adams', in this interactive from American Experience: "John & Abigail Adams."

    Grades: 9-12
  • John & Abigail Adams - Teacher's Guide: Suggestions for Active Learning

    Put a human face on a Founding Father by exploring John and Abigail's lifelong partnership, Adams' decision to side with Boston's revolutionaries against Britain, "attack politics" of the 18th century, the three cities -- Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. -- where Adams lived and worked, John Adams' views on revolution, his support of the controversial Alien and Sedition Acts, and his friendship and rivalry with Thomas Jefferson. Lead your students through these topics with this teacher's guide from American Experience: "John & Abigail Adams."

    Grades: 9-12
  • John & Abigail Adams - Primary Sources: The Sedition Act of 1798

    In 1798 a Federalist Congress passed the Sedition Act, seen by many as a threat to the First Amendment of the U.S. Bill of Rights, which protects the rights of American citizens and the freedom of speech. Under attack by the Republican press, John Adams signed the measure, which, along with the Alien Acts, hobbled his reelection bid in 1800 and tarnished his presidential legacy. Study the Act here, from American Experience: "John & Abigail Adams."

    Grades: 9-12
  • John & Abigail Adams - Primary Sources: The Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (1780)

    Written by John Adams, the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts provided a model for ideas in the U.S. Constitution, including separation of powers. Study this state constitution, from American Experience: "John & Abigail Adams."

    Grades: 9-12
  • John & Abigail Adams - Primary Sources: The Alien Act and The Alien Enemies Act of 1798

    In 1798 a Federalist Congress passed the Alien Acts, which aimed to control the movement of immigrants within the United States. Fearful that the unrest in France would bubble over in America, President John Adams signed the measure, which, along with the Sedition Act, hobbled his reelection bid in 1800 and tarnished his presidential legacy with the taint of monarchism. Study these Acts from American Experience: "John & Abigail Adams."

    Grades: 9-12
  • The Presidents - Primary Source: John Adam's Thoughts on Government, 1776

    In 1776, at the time of this letter John Adams was the representative for Massachusetts in the Continental Congress. He was writing to George Wythe, representative for Virginia, who was America's first professor of law and a supporter of the Declaration of Independence. Adams cites the need for a system of checks and balances, an idea that he came back to when writing the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Learn more with this primary source from American Experience: "John & Abigail Adams."

    Grades: 9-12
  • John & Abigail Adams - Interview with Carol Berkin, Joanne Freeman, Doug Ambrose

    Historians discuss John Adams and Thomas Jefferson's complicated friendship: its roots at the Continental Congress, their falling out over the French Revolution, and a final late-in-life reconciliation. Learn more with these interviews from American Experience: "John & Abigail Adams."

    Grades: 9-12
  • John & Abigail Adams - Common Sense (1776)

    In 1776 author and activist Thomas Paine wrote this plain-spoken but rousing call for colonial independence from Great Britain. The widely circulated pamphlet helped to rally Americans to the revolutionary cause. Explore the pamphlet from American Experience: "John & Abigail Adams."

    Grades: 9-12
  • America 1900 - Trusts - The Main Issue

    How do monopolies relate to democracy and the Republican Party in 1900? Try your hand at visual interpretation and history with this political cartoon, from American Experience: "America 1900."

    Grades: 9-12
  • America 1900 - The Trust Giant's Point of View

    What can you infer about the 1900 "trust giant" from this political cartoon? Learn more with this image from American Experience: "America 1900."

    Grades: 9-12
  • America 1900 - Anti-trust/anti-imperialism

    What do antitrust law, conservation, William Jennings Bryan, and imperialism have to do with the year 1900? Analyze a political cartoon, from American Experience: "America 1900."

    Grades: 9-12
  • America 1900 - The Manila Correspondent and the McKinley Censorship

    See how this political cartoon interprets President William McKinley's relationship to the media during American intervention in the Philippines. Learn more with this image, from American Experience: "America 1900."

    Grades: 9-12
  • America 1900 - The Imperialism Stunt

    How does this political cartoon read American intervention in the Philippines at the turn of the 20th century? Interpret the image, from American Experience: "America 1900."

    Grades: 9-12
  • America 1900 - McKinley and the Philippines

    What does this political cartoon say about President McKinley's intervention in the Philippines? Make your own interpretation with this image, from American Experience: "America 1900."

    Grades: 9-12
  • America 1900 - Aguinaldo

    What does this political cartoon say about Emilio Aguinaldo and American intervention in the Philipines? View the primary source, from American Experience: "America 1900."

    Grades: 9-12
  • America 1900 - Advance of Imperialism

    Examine how this political cartoon illustrates imperialism at the turn of the 20th century, from American Experience: "America 1900."

    Grades: 9-12

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