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Free Primary Source Materials For Social Studies Teachers

Free Primary Source Materials For Social Studies Teachers
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Gilded Age Scandal and Corruption - AP U.S. History Topic Outlines - Study Notes The Tweed Ring and Machine Politics The late nineteenth and very early twentieth centuries in America are often referred to as the “Gilded Age.” The origin of this name is usually attributed to Mark Twain who co-authored a novel entitled The Gilded Age. Concern with gold was certainly heightened by U.S. money being minted in scarce gold coins. The population of post-Civil War America ballooned with a new tide of immigration. From afar, in countries with repressive social and political structures, stagnant economies, depressed wages, and high unemployment, America seem like a dreamland of opportunity to millions who had no hope of bettering their situation in their native country. When the immigrants arrived on American shores, they gravitated toward established enclaves of people with the same language and customs. Many of these associations gained considerable power using the “good old boy” system of giving preferential treatment, especially in business, to members of the group.

Museum Box Homepage The American Yawp Tiki-Toki SAT Subject Test: U.S. History: Road to Revolution, 1770–1775 Road to Revolution, 1770–1775 From 1770 to 1772, the British ignored the colonies and tension cooled substantially. However, in the fall of 1772, Lord North began preparations to pay royal governors out of customs revenue rather than let the colonial assemblies control payment. This would deny the assemblies the “power of the purse,” breaking assemblies’ ability to effectively check royal power by withholding, or threatening to withhold, payment. In response to this threat, Samuel Adams urged every Massachusetts community to appoint a committee to coordinate colony-wide measures protecting colonial rights. Within the year, approximately 250 Committees of Correspondence formed throughout the colonies. The Committees of Correspondence began on the community level in Massachusetts and eventually became the means by which the colonies coordinated their efforts to preserve their rights. The Boston Tea Party The British East India Company suffered from the American boycott of British tea.

PBS Election The Contenders - 16 for '16 PBS, in partnership with OZY Media, is proud to present The Contenders-16 for '16, a documentary series that examines the most compelling and influential presidential campaigns in modern history. From Jesse Jackson’s groundbreaking 1984 and 1988 campaigns to Barry Goldwater’s 1964 launching of a brand of conservatism that influenced both Republican Ronald Reagan and even Democratic Hillary Clinton. The Contenders covers sixteen stories from the past 50 years of presidential election history. Grades 6-12 FRONTLINE: How Voting Laws Have Changed Examine data about the voting rights laws that most impact Americans' access to the ballot box and how they’ve changed across the country in recent years, in this interactive from FRONTLINE: Ballot Watch. Grades 9-12 Letters to the Next President 2.0 Grades 7-12 Students Vote 2016 Toolkit Grades 2-12 PBS Election Central 2016 - Full Collection Voting and elections are an essential part of the U.S. Grades 3-12 Meet the Candidates

Facts On File History Database Center Olive Branch Petition One of the most important documents of the American Revolution, the Second Continental Congress sent the Olive Branch Petition to King George III in July 1775. It was the most serious attempt by the American colonies to end hostilities and reconcile with Great Britain. In the summer of 1774, the conflict between Great Britain and its North American colonies intensified, and colonists began to choose sides. Radicals in the Continental Congress increasingly favored a complete break with Britain, but moderates such as Joseph Galloway, John Jay, and John Dickinson still hoped for a peaceful solution. A few days after its adoption, congressional messengers departed for England with two original copies of the petition on separate ships. Richard Penn and Arthur Lee, the congressional messengers to London, reported the failure of their mission to the Continental Congress on September 2, 1775. Edmund S. Text Citation (Chicago Manual of Style format): Lively, Robert.

Welcome to the Revolutionary War Archives! Archiving Early America - Your Window Into America's Founding Years History of Massachusetts | A History Blog About the Bay State Colonial America for kids *** Brief Timeline of American Literature and Events, 1620-1920 Brief Timeline of American Literature and Events: Pre-1620 to 1920 This timeline provides a short chronology of events in American history and literature. It is linked to course pages and bibliographies as well as to a set of more general linked resources: pages on American authors, literary movements, and American literature sites. Each author page contains a picture (if available), a bibliography (if available), links to major sites about the author, and links to works online.

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