Social and Political Leaders in the United States

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George Washington

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The Signers of the Constitution
Learn about the 39 delegates who signed the United States Constitution in this feature of The Digital Classroom provided by the National Archives and Records Administration.

 

Portraits of President George Washington
This resource, from the EDSITEment-reviewed American Memory Project, is from their "By Popular Demand: Portraits of the Presidents and First Ladies" collection.

A Journey Towards Freedom: George Washington - read a biography of the first president of the United States from a ThinkQuest site.

American Presidency: George Washington - get a detailed biography of George Washington, read his inaugural address, and learn quick facts about his life.

George Washington - First President - features a biography of the first American president.

George Washington Papers at the Library of Congress

George Washington's Birthday (February 22) - read a biography of the first president of the United States and learn about the building of the White House.

Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia: George Washington - biography of George Washington from Grolier online.

Historic Valley Forge - learn about the museum, the history of the site, and find out who served there. Be sure to check out the kids' page!

Life of George Washington - biography published eight years after his death. David Ramsay, the author, was a contemporary of Washington and has many insights into his life.

New Book of Knowledge: Washington, George - find information about this former president, his life, and his time in office.

Papers of George Washington - companion site to this University of Virginia project. Includes his letters, bio, portraits, historical info on Mount Vernon, and more!

Patriotism.org: Presidents' Day - find a history of the holiday and biographies of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

President George Washington's Inaugural Address - read the complete text of Washington's 1789 inaugural address.

Rediscovering George Washington - about America's first president, his personal life, achievements, and role in history. Includes a timeline of his life and a collection of his papers. From PBS.

Spectrum Biography: George Washington - features a profile of the first President of the United States.

Valley Forge National Historical Park - basic facts about visiting this park in Valley Forge, PA and historic info.

Home of Heroes
Find lots of information about famous heroes including United States presidents. Coloring pages, jigsaw puzzles and games all reinforce the importance these heroes played in our history.

 

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Presidents' Day: Washington and Lincoln

With the help of a colonial Presidential crier children come to understand why we celebrate Presidents' Day and what makes it so special. They learn about George Washington and the important role he played in the formation of our country. Next, they learn about the life of Abraham Lincoln and his resolve to keep our country unified, making him one of our great civic leaders. Lastly, students are reminded to honor all of the presidents on this holiday.

 

Holiday Facts & Fun: Presidents' Day (2nd Edition)

Children learn why George Washington and Abraham Lincoln are given special recognition on President's Day. The video explains why Washington is known as the "father of his country." It also tells the story of Lincoln's emancipation proclamation and explains how our 16th president prevented the United States from being destroyed. Students learn why cherry pie is a traditional treat on Washington's birthday and they discover that Lincoln grew his beard at the suggestion of an 11-year-old girl. Taped in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, Salem, Illinois, and Mount Vernon, Virginia, as well as many other locations, this program brings history to life for young viewers.

  

Founding of Our Federal Government

While George Washington was leading the Continental Army against the British, Thomas Jefferson was writing the Declaration of Independence, the document that would be used to declare America's separation from England. Meet these two men and others who played a critical role in the planning and establishment of the United States government and its three branches. Then explore the country's Constitution and the relatively few changes made to it in the ensuing centuries.

 

Heroes of American History

Meet the towering figures who span the breadth of our nation's history. These biographies examine the lives of men who helped found the nation, helped expand the nation, and fought to give everyone a share of our nation's liberties: Ben Franklin, Davy Crockett, and Martin Luther King, Jr., Paul Revere, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson. Learn how their courage and example forged our nation. Produced by Discovery Channel School.

Teacher Resources

George Washington, Great Leader
In this lesson, from the Educator's Reference Desk's Crossroads: K-16 American History Curriculum, students review the idea of George Washington as a great leader.

 

George Washington, the First President and Leader in Our Struggle for Independence
This lesson, from the Educator's Reference Desk, is part of the the K-16 American History Curriculum. In this lesson, students understand that George Washington was our country's first president and was a leader in our struggle for independence.

 

There Were Many Leaders during the Revolutionary War
In this lesson, from the Educator's Reference Desk's Crossroads: K-16 American History Curriculum, students recognize several of the individuals involved in the Revolutionary War.

 

Thomas Jefferson

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The Constitution of the United States of America
This page from EDSITEment features resources relating to the U.S. Constitution, and presents information about the history and significance of the famous document.

 

Thomas Jefferson  - features a biography of the third president and his wife, Martha Wayles Skelton Jefferson, who died before he took office.

 

Signers of the Declaration of Independence: Thomas Jefferson  - read a biography of this very educated man who represented Virginia at the Continental Congress and went on to become President of the U.S.

 

Monticello, Home of Thomas Jefferson  - tour U.S. statesman Jefferson's famous home and find out fun facts.

 

American Presidency: Thomas Jefferson  - get a detailed biography of Thomas Jefferson, read his inaugural address, and learn quick facts about his life.

 

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Founding of Our Federal Government

While George Washington was leading the Continental Army against the British, Thomas Jefferson was writing the Declaration of Independence, the document that would be used to declare America's separation from England. Meet these two men and others who played a critical role in the planning and establishment of the United States government and its three branches. Then explore the country's Constitution and the relatively few changes made to it in the ensuing centuries.

 

Heroes of American History

Meet the towering figures who span the breadth of our nation's history. These biographies examine the lives of men who helped found the nation, helped expand the nation, and fought to give everyone a share of our nation's liberties: Ben Franklin, Davy Crockett, and Martin Luther King, Jr., Paul Revere, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson. Learn how their courage and example forged our nation. Produced by Discovery Channel School.

Tecumseh


Words of the Shawnee This is a large .wav but very worth waiting for if you have the time. Words of Tecumseh


Chief Tecumseh, Shawnee Chief Tecumseh. Shawnee. So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart.


Tecumseh If you have any questions about Tecumseh just e-mail us using the address at the bottom of the page. Below are paragraphs written by students after researching and learning about the life of Tecumseh.


Tecumseh at Adena 1807 Tecumseh at Adena 1807.


http://www.tvdsb.on.ca/tecumseh/man/

Tecumseh - learn about this famous Native American leader of the Shawnee. From ThinkQuest.

Tecumseh to Governor Harrison at Vincennes (1810) - read a famous speech by this Shawnee chief and statesman.

Thomas Edison
Teacher Resources

http://www.thomasedison.com/

http://sln.fi.edu/franklin/inventor/edison.html

 

http://www.incwell.com/Biographies/Edison.html

 

http://www.lucidcafe.com/library/96feb/edison.html

 

Energy Planet: Thomas Alva Edison  - read his biography and learn about his honors and inventions.

 

Edison Birthplace Museum  - take an online tour of the house where Thomas Edison grew up, get some background info about his family, and find out about visiting this museum in Milan, Ohio.


Thomas Alva Edison (1847 - 1931) Thomas Alva Edison (1847 - 1931) Inventor Thomas Alva Edison profoundly influenced modern life through inventions such as the incandescent light bulb, the phonograph, and the motion picture camera.


Edison National Historic site Edison National Historic site Edison National Historic site This website features the Edison historic laboratory buildings and the Edison home.


The Henry Ford ... Thomas Edison was born in 1847 in Milan, Ohio


Thomas Alva Edison Scientists & Inventors Thomas Alva Edison. Thomas A. Edison in his laboratory in New Jersey, 1901. Born: February 11, 1847. Died: October 18, 1931


Thomas Edison House, Louisville, KY ... Thomas Edison House. 729-31 East Washington Street

 

Teacher Resources

Inventions 1: Edison and the Light Bulb
In this Science NetLinks lesson, the first of a two-part series on technology and inventions, students learn how inventions are created to solve problems or improve the way things are done.

 

About Edison - Student Sheet
This printable student activity sheet accompanies the Science NetLinks lesson titled "Inventions 1: Edison and the Light Bulb."

 

Neil Armstrong

Teacher Resources

 

The Words Armstrong Spoke (Audio from NASA)
This ReadWriteThink-reviewed resource, provided by the National Space Science Data Center, is a recording of Neil Armstrong's words, spoken when he became the first person to step on the moon on July 20, 1969.

 

http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/whos_who_level2/armstrong.html

 

http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/PAO/html/neilabio.htm

 

http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/armstrong-na.html

Neil Armstrong - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Purdue University announced in October 2004 that their new engineering building would be named Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering in his honor.

Neil Armstrong Biography - Biography of Neil Armstrong - First Man ... Born on August 5, 1930 on his grandparents’ farm in Auglaize County, Ohio, Neil Armstrong was the eldest of three children of Stephen and Viola Engel

Being The First Man On The Moon, Ed Bradley Talks To Neil ... In the first television profile he has ever agreed to, Neil Armstrong tells Ed Bradley he doesn't deserve the celebrity that comes with being the first man

Neil Armstrong On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first human being to set foot on the Moon. He was the commander of the Apollo 11 lunar module

Neil Armstrong Neil Armstrong flew aboard Gemini 8. While in orbit, he and fellow astronaut David Scott carried out the first docking in space between two vehicles

BBC ON THIS DAY | 21 | 1969: Man takes first steps on the Moon American Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to walk on the Moon. ... Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin spent a total of 21 hours on the Moon,

Neil Armstrong: A Who2 Profile On 20 July 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first human being to set foot on the moon.

Neil Armstrong -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia Britannica online encyclopedia article on Neil Armstrong: US astronaut, the first person to set foot on the Moon.

Harriet Tubman

Teacher Resources

Enchanted Learning: Harriet Tubman  - check out these great online activities (coloring pages, timeline, quizes) that will help you learn about this former slave who was known as the "Moses" of her people. Great for elementary students.

Africa Within: Harriet Ross Tubman  - read an essay about this former slave's life and her place in American history.

Africans in America: Harriet Tubman  - biography and photography of this Underground Railroad "conductor" from PBS.

Harriet Tubman: American Abolitionist  - biography of this great woman who singlehandedly led over 300 slaves to safety in the years 1850 to 1860.

Women of The Hall - Harriet Tubman  - brief biography and picture of this woman from the National Women's Hall of Fame.

Teacher Resources

 

Harriet Tubman Integrated Unit
In this unit of four lessons, from ARTSEDGE, students learn about Harriet Tubman, a famous Civil War freedom fighter.

 

Harriet Tubman Timeline   This student reproducible, from ARTSEDGE, features a timeilne of Harriet Tubman's life.

 

 

Susan B. Anthony

Susan B. Anthony - find out about U.S. feminist Susan B. Anthony

Trial of Susan B. Anthony - read about Susan B. Anthony's trial for voting illegally, find out more about her life, and look at a timeline of women's struggle to vote.

Thomson Gale: Susan B. Anthony - read this biography about this American suffragist.

Women of The Hall - Susan Brownell Anthony - brief biography and pictures of this woman from the National Women's Hall of Fame.

Susan B. Anthony Timeline - lots of information on this pioneer of U.S. women's rights arranged in chronological order.

 

Abraham Lincoln

 

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Life and Times of Abraham Lincoln, The

This program provides a look at the life of Abraham Lincoln using on-location video imagery and historical photos. The descriptions of his personal and political life help viewers understand what it meant to live in America in the first half of the 19th century. The Life and Times of Abraham Lincoln contains a great deal of historical information. It stands alone as a brief biography of Lincoln, or it can be used to correlate of supplement a study of the Civil War period. (Classic)

  

American Heroes and Heroines: Abraham Lincoln

Viewers are transported to pioneer times in mid-America, where they see scenes from Lincoln’s childhood in Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois. Lincoln also is seen as a young adult – as a shopkeeper, lawyer and politician. The program interweaves political and social conditions of nineteenth century America, including slavery, into its narrative content. It also discusses the Lincoln-Douglas debates. Lincoln’s election to the Illinois legislature, his anti-slavery speeches and other activities there are covered. The program also shows his domestic life, taking viewers to his home in Springfield, IL. Extensive coverage is given to Lincoln and the Civil War. Lincoln’s difficulty finding a field commander, his Emancipation Proclamation and his relationship with the press are discussed. The program uses costumed re-enactments, archival photography and location videography from New Salem Village Living Museum, Lincoln’s home in Springfield, his law offices, and the old and new Illinois legislatures. The program is segmented so that discussions and blackline masters that reinforce and extend concepts can be used easily.

  

Holiday Facts & Fun: Presidents' Day (2nd Edition)

Children learn why George Washington and Abraham Lincoln are given special recognition on President's Day. The video explains why Washington is known as the "father of his country." It also tells the story of Lincoln's emancipation proclamation and explains how our 16th president prevented the United States from being destroyed. Students learn why cherry pie is a traditional treat on Washington's birthday and they discover that Lincoln grew his beard at the suggestion of an 11-year-old girl. Taped in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, Salem, Illinois, and Mount Vernon, Virginia, as well as many other locations, this program brings history to life for young viewers.

 

Presidents' Day: Washington and Lincoln

With the help of a colonial Presidential crier children come to understand why we celebrate Presidents' Day and what makes it so special. They learn about George Washington and the important role he played in the formation of our country. Next, they learn about the life of Abraham Lincoln and his resolve to keep our country unified, making him one of our great civic leaders. Lastly, students are reminded to honor all of the presidents on this holiday.

 

Just a Few Words, Mr. Lincoln: The Story of the Gettysburg Address

Jean Fritz's classic telling of the story of the Gettysburg Address comes alive in this iconographic program, illustrated by Charles Robinson. Abraham Lincoln had to run the country, win the war and look after his family. When he was asked to honor the soldiers who died in the great battle of Gettysburg, he made time to say a few words about them too. With sensitivity and wit, Rex Robbins narrates Jean Fritz's story about one of the most famous (and shortest) speeches in American history, the Gettysburg Address. Part of the Weston Woods Series.

  

Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson - Read a short biography on the National Women's Hall of Fame website.

Rachel Carson - Read a biography of this writer, scientist, and ecologist at this website.

Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge - On this website, if you want to find out about Rachel Carson, click on her name. To read what she thought and wrote, click on the two "click here" buttons on the homepage. One more interesting link is the "Refuge Information" link near the bottom of the page.

Rachel Carson was one of the original six inductees into the Ecology Hall of Fame. You will find a brief biography of her at this site.

George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver  Biography of George Washington Carver - an explorer and innovator of agricultural science.

 

George Washington Carver - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia  George Washington Carver (July 12, 1864 – January 5, 1943) [1] was an American botany researcher and agronomy educator who worked in agricultural extension

 

Inventor George Washington Carver Biography  Fascinating facts about George Washington Carver inventor of peanut agricultural science.

 

The legacy of George Washington Carver--About George Washington Carver  From inauspicious and dramatic beginnings, George Washington Carver became one of the nation's greatest educators and agricultural researchers.

 

George Washington Carver  Biographical sketch, complete with RealAudio file.

 

George Washington Carver  Famous Leaders for Young Readers, George Washington Carver.

 

About George Washington Carver  George Washington Carver was a great scientist, educator and humanitarian.

 

George Washington Carver  George Washington Carver (1864-1943) started his life as a slave and ended it as a respected and world-renowned agricultural chemist.

 

Legacy of George Washington Carver  As a botany and agriculture teacher to the children of ex-slaves, Dr. George Washington Carver wanted to improve the lot of “the man farthest down,”

 

George Washington Carver  George Washington Carver | Enter. image. Exhibition Highlights · All About Carver · Photo Gallery · Research and Collections

 

George Washington Carver  Revolutionized the southern agricultural economy by showing that 300 products could be derived from the peanut.

 

Kulture Kidz :: Black History from A-Z  George Washington Carver was born in 1860. Born of slave parents in Diamond Grove, Missouri, Carver was rescued from Confederate kidnappers as an infant

 

The My Hero Project - George Washington Carver  A student-friendly biography along with related links.

 

George Washington Carver  George Washington Carver was born a slave in Diamond Grove, Missouri, around 1864. He is one of the nation's most famous agricultural scientists

 

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U.S. That's Us!: George Washington Carver Introduces the great scientist and inventor George Washington Carver. As the program notes, Carver revolutionized Southern farming by advocating crop rotation and new uses for the peanut as an artist, botanist, and scientist. Elected into the Royal Academy of Arts in England as well as becoming the advisor to three American presidents, Carver and his tireless research and dedication to science left an indelible mark on American farming and botany, making him a pioneer in African American history. With fun reenactments and stories, this program explores the life one of America's greatest thinkers.

 

Teacher Resources

 

George Washington Carver: American Inventor - EnchantedLearning.com  George Washington Carver: American Inventor. George Washington Carver (1865?-1943) was an American scientist, educator, humanitarian, and former slave.

 

Office of Operations -  George Washington Carver Coloring and Activity Book. "It is simply service that measures success."

 

 

 

 

 

 

Links Updated 4/14/08