Teacher's Guides (Selected Presidents)


  • Dolley Madison - Teacher's Resources: Teacher's Guide

    Dolley Madison transformed the role of the First Lady, and later in her life, women's roles were changing in the workplace as well. The textile industry was one of the first to hire large numbers of female workers. Learn more with this teacher's guide from American Experience: "Dolley Madison."

    Grades: 9-12
  • Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided - Teacher's Resources: Teacher's Guide

    Travel back to the Lincolns' time and explore women's rights, slavery and abolition, and the Civil War. Learn more with this resource from American Experience: "Abraham and Mary Lincoln - A House Divided."

    Grades: 9-12
  • U.S. Grant: Warrior - Teacher's Resources: Teacher's Guide

    Explore the context of Ulysses S. Grant's life, including frontier life, westward expansion, and the rise of the Ku Klux Klan -- all in this resource-rich teacher's guide from American Experience: "U.S. Grant: Warrior."

    Grades: 9-12
  • TR: The Story of Theodore Roosevelt - Teacher's Resources: Teacher's Guide

    An assassin's bullet ended the life of William McKinley in 1901, making his vice president, Theodore Roosevelt, an "accidental" president at the age of 42. Young and exuberant, the living symbol of the "strenuous life," TR embodied America at the turn of the century. A reformer who used the power of the government to improve the lives of ordinary Americans, TR extended the powers of the president and the role of the U.S. in international affairs. Yet, behind the vigor and optimism was a man shadowed by tragedy. Guide your students with this resource from American Experience: "TR: The Story of Theodore Roosevelt."

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

    The longest-serving president in U.S. history, and leader through the Great Depression and World War II -- two of the nation's worst crises -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt is considered by many to be our greatest president. FDR, for better or worse, forever changed the American people's relationship with their government. The governmental "safety net" he created, called the New Deal, would be his greatest legacy -- and the source of ongoing controversy today. Learn about the New Deal and his other presidential activities with this teacher's guide from American Experience: "FDR." This resource is part of the American Experience Collection.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Eleanor Roosevelt - Teacher's Resources: Teacher's Guide

    For more than 30 years, she was the most powerful woman in America. Niece of one president and wife of another, Eleanor Roosevelt was at the center of much of this century's history -- a charismatic woman of charm and of contradictions. Aristocratic in voice and manner, she was also "tough as nails," says historian Geoffrey Ward. Explore her role as First Lady during the New Deal, in this teacher's guide, from American Experience: "Eleanor Roosevelt."

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

    Harry Truman was a relatively unknown politician from Missouri who suddenly found himself president of the United States. Of all the men who held the office, he was probably the least prepared. Yet Truman would be the one to lead America during an era of tremendous growth and change, as it emerged from World War II. He ended the war with Germany and Japan, made the decision to use the atomic bomb, confronted the Soviet Union, waged war in Korea, and proposed changes in civil rights. Learn more with this teacher's guide from American Experience: "Truman."

    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
  • The Kennedys - Teacher's Resources: Teacher's Guide

    "The Kennedys" offers insights into American history topics including immigrant stories; the roaring twenties and the Great Depression; Boston politics; World War II; the presidency; the Cold War; anti-Communism; the civil rights movement; the Vietnam War; religion and politics; the role of money in the political process; questions of democracy, aristocracy, and meritocracy; celebrity in America; and public service. Learn more with this guide from American Experience: "The Kennedys."

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

    Lyndon Baines Johnson was one of the most astute, effective, and perplexing politicians in modern American history. An "accidental" president but a master legislator, he was a Southerner who championed civil rights, and put into motion the Great Society programs that would continue to shape American life throughout the 1960s and 1970s. But as his authority was undermined by an increasingly unpopular commitment of U.S. forces to Vietnam, his presidency began to unravel. Learn more with this resource from American Experience: "LBJ."

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

    Even today, a few years after his death, Richard Nixon inspires divided passions in America. Nixon was a self-made man who rose from modest Quaker beginnings in California to president of the United States. But Nixon's career was ultimately undone by his own actions. He abused the power of the office, resigned in humiliation, and tainted the presidency in the process. Admired and reviled, loved and hated, the man and his life continue to fascinate us. Guide your students through this subject with this resource from American Experience: "Nixon."

    Grades: 9-12
  • Jimmy Carter - Teacher's Resources: Teacher's Guide

    Explore insights into topics in American history including the Great Depression, sharecropping, recessions, and terrorism with this Teacher's Guide to American Experience: "Jimmy Carter."

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

    Ronald Reagan was America's most ideological president in his rhetoric, yet pragmatic in his actions. He believed in balanced budgets, but never submitted one; hated nuclear weapons, but built them by the thousands; preached family values, but presided over a dysfunctional family. His vision of America divided the nation, yet no matter what people thought of him politically, Reagan always won them over personally. A seemingly simple man, Ronald Reagan was consistently underestimated by his opponents; one by one, he overcame them all. Learn more with this Teacher's Guide from American Experience: "Reagan."

    Grades: 9-12
  • George H.W. Bush - Teacher's Resources: Teacher's Guide

    When George. H.W. Bush left the Oval Office in 1992, rejected after one tumultuous presidential term, his 30-year career in public service came to an abrupt and unexpected end. Despite soaring approval ratings following military victory in the Persian Gulf, his years as president after the war were marked by almost unrelieved decline. Explore George H.W. Bush's values, and the goals, outcomes, and post-Cold War context of the Gulf War. Discover more about these topics with this teacher's guide from American Experience: "George H.W. Bush."

    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