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Teaching American History Resource Centers


Field trip to site of John Browns Raid on Harpers Ferry, WV

Field trip to site of John Browns Raid on Harpers Ferry, WV

The Freedom Project Teaching American History Resource Centers (TAHRCs) in the Christina and Red Clay School District contain resources for those who teach American history in the two partnering districts. The list of resources appears below. TAH resources can be borrowed from the TAHRC supervisors. The locations of the Freedom Project TAHRCs as well as the contact information for the Centers’ supervisors appears below:

Red Clay Resource Center

Rebecca Reed
Red Clay Consolidated School District
Baltz Administration Offices
1502 Spruce Avenue, Room 229
Wilmington, DE 19804
Rebecca.reed@redclay.k12.de.us
302-552-3821

Christina Resource Center

Portia Tyson
Christina School District
Albert H. Jones Elementary School
35 W. Main St.
Newark, DE 19702
tysonp@christina.k12.de.us

List of Resources Available

General Resources

  • The Teaching Gap by James Stigler and James Hiebert
  • Lesson Study: A Handbook of Teacher Led Instructional Change by Catherine C. Lewis
  • Big Book of Social Studies by Dinah Zike
  • Mini-Qs in American History Volume 1 – Binder with Transparencies and workbook
  • Mini-Qs in American History Volume 2 – Binder with Transparencies and workbook
  • Document Based Questions in American History – Binder with Transparencies and workbook
  • Going to the Source: The Bedford Reader in American History (Volumes I & II) by Victoria Bissell Brown and Timothy Shannon
  • Key Decisions in U.S. History (Volumes 1 & 2) by Patrick Henry Smith and John Croes
  • Reading Like a Historian: Teaching Literacy I Middle and High School Classrooms by Sam Wineburg, Daisy Martin, and Chauncey Monte-Sano
  • Economic Episodes in American History
  • Presidential Campaigns by Paul Boller
  • Revolutionary America by Francis D. Cogliano
  • History Lessons by Kyle Ward
  • History in the Making by Kyle Ward
  • Why Don’t You Just Tell Us the Answers?” Teaching Historical Thinking in Grades 7-12 by Bruce Lesh

Lesson Study Resources

  • The Teaching Gap by James Stigler and James Hiebert
  • Lesson Study: A Handbook of Teacher Led Instructional Change by Catherine C. Lewis

Textbook

  • Give Me Liberty (history textbook) by Eric Foner

Primary Source Readers

  • Voices of Freedom: A Documentary Reader (Volume I – New World through Reconstruction) by Eric Foner
  • Voices of Freedom: A Documentary Reader (Volume II – Reconstruction-Present) by Eric Foner

Colonial America Workshop

Book

  • Thank You, Sarah by Laurie Halse Anderson

American Revolution Workshop

Books

  • Revolutionary Mothers by Carol Berkin
  • The Boston Massacre by Andrew Santella
  • The Boston Massacre by Hiller Zobel
  • The Freedoms We Lost by Barbara Clark Smith
  • The Shoemaker and the Tea Party: Memory and the American Revolution by Alfred F. Young
  • How Radical was the American Revolution: The Historian’s Apprentice workbook

Videos

  • April Morning
  • John Adams (HBO Series)
  • Johnny Tremain

New Nation Workshop

Books

  • The Birth of the Nation: The First Federal Congress
  • A Little Rebellion (Video about Shays’ Rebellion)
  • An Empire of Reason (Video about Ratification Debates)
  • The Constitution and Slavery: The Historian’s Apprentice workbook

Jefferson’s Empire of Liberty Workshop

Books

  • Thomas Jefferson: The American Presidents Series by Joyce Appleby
  • The Duel: The Parallel Lives of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr by Judith St. George
  • Duel! Burr and Hamilton’s Deadly War of Words by Dennis Brindell Fradin
  • How We Crossed the West: The Adventures of Lewis and Clark by Rosalyn Schanzer
  • Unsolved Mysteries of American History by Paul Aron
  • The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith
  • Founding Brothers by Joseph Ellis

Video

  • Thomas Jefferson: A Film by Ken Burns (PBS Home Video)

Resources

  • 1 Set of Service Call Bells for Dueling Documents unit’s Dueling Sounds lesson

Age of Andrew Jackson Workshop

Books

  • Black Hawk and the War of 1832: Removal in the North by John Bowes
  • The Trail of Tears: Indian Removal in the South by John Bowes
  • Andrew Jackson
  • Andrew Jackson by Katie Marisico

DVD

  • Andrew Jackson: Good, Evil, and the Presidency (PBS)

Westward Expansion Workshop

Books

  • War of a Thousand Deserts: Indian Raids and the U.S.-Mexican War by Brian DeLay
  • How Did Davy Die?  And Why Do We Care So Much? by Dan Kilgore  &  James E. Crisp
  • Do All Indians Live in Tipis?
  • Children of the Wild West by Russell Freedman
  • The Perilous Journey of the Donner Party by Marian Calabro

Booklets

  • The California Gold Rush by Mel Friedman
  • The Homestead Act by Elaine Landau
  • The Mormon Trail by Elaine Landau
  • The Battle of the Alamo
  • African-Americans in the Old West by Andrew Santella
  • Life in the West by Teresa Domnauer
  • Westward Expansion by Teresa Domnauer

DVD

  • The Alamo

Lesson Activities

  • Westward Expansion: I Think US History

Lesson Modules

  • The War With Mexico: Debating the Documents
  • The West of Our Imagination
  • Manifest Destiny and Its Critics (Historian’s Apprentice)
  • Manifest Destiny Images of an American Idea
  • Westward Expansion: A New History

Primary Source Binder

  • The American Frontier (1785-1861)

Slavery Workshop Resources

Books

  • American Slavery by Peter Kolchin
  • Slavery & Freedom in Delaware 1639-1960 by William H. Williams
  • American Voices from the Time of Slavery by Elizabeth Sirimarco
  • Pages from History: The Struggle Against Slavery by David Walstreicher
  • Hidden in Plain View: A Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad by Jacqueline L. Tobin and Raymond G. Dobard

Children’s Book

  • Sweet Clara & the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson

Civil War

Books

  • Battle Cry of Freedom – McPherson
  • Abraham Lincoln & Civil War America – Gienapp
  • Why the Confederacy Lost – Boritt
  • The Confederate War – Gallagher
  • The Union War – Gallagher
  • The Republic of Suffering – Faust
  • Lincoln’s Last Days – O’Reilly
  • In Lincoln’s Hand – Holzer
  • Civil War in 50 Objects – Holzer
  • The Untold Civil War – Robertson
  • Split History of the Civil War – Fitzgerald
  • Lincoln & Douglass – Freedman
  • Two Miserable Presidents – Sheinkin
  • Lincoln’s Grave Robbers – Sheinkin
  • Summer’s Bloodiest Days – Weber

Video

  • The Civil War – Ken Burns

Reform

Books

  • Moralists and Modernizers: America’s Pre-Civil War Reformers by Steven Mintz
  • Women in Antebellum Reform by Lori D. Ginzberg
  • The Abolitionist Movement [Cornerstones of Freedom series] by Elaine Landau
  • Women’s Right to Vote [Cornerstones of Freedom series] by Elaine Landau

Video

  • The Abolitionists – PBS Video

Reconstruction Workshop

Books

  • A Short History of Reconstruction by Eric Foner
  • They Called Themselves the KKK: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Progressive Era Summer Institute

Books

  • Small Strangers by Melissa Klapper
  • Kids on Strike by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
  • Immigrant Kids by Russell Freedman
  • Kids at Work by Russell Freedman
  • Child Labor in America: Teaching with Primary Sources (binder)

Spanish American War Workshop – Freedom’s Boundaries – At Home and Abroad

Books

  • The Forbidden Book: The Philippine-American War in Political Cartoons by Abe, Ignacio, Enrique de la Cruz, Jorge Emmanuel, and Helen Toribio
  • The Blood of Government by Paul Kramer
  • Primary Source Accounts of the Spanish-American War by Kenneth E. Hendrickson, Jr
  • Unsolved Mysteries of American History by Paul Aron

Video

  • Crucible of Empire: The Spanish American War (PBS Home Video)

World War I Workshop

Books

  • Uncle Sam Wants You by Christopher Capozolla
  • World War I: Eyewitness Book

Age of the Roosevelts Worskhop

Books

  • Pearl Harbor: FDR Leads the Nation into War by Steven M. Gillon
  • Down & Out in the Great Depression by Robert S. McElvaine
  • FDR’s Alphabet Soup by Tonya Bolden
  • The Challenge of Rethinking History Education by Bruce A. VanSledright
  • The Greatest Generation Grows Up by Kriste Lindenmeyer

DVDs

  • Pearl Harbor: 24 Hours After (History Channel)
  • Riding the Rails
  • Saving Private Ryan
  • The Bonus Army – History Mystery
  • The March of THE BONUS ARMY
  • The Best of Dr. Seuss

Lesson Modules

  • America’s World War II:  a World in Flames
  • FDR and the First Hundred Days
  • How the War Changed America
  • The Great Depression
  • The Japanese American Interment:  Biogotry or Security
  • The New Deal:  Did it Work?
  • The U.S. and W.W. II
  • Japanese American Internment – History Mystery

Cold War Workshop

Books

  • Savage Continent by David Lowe
  • For the Soul of Mankind by Melvyn Leffler
  • Pages from History: The Cold War – A History in Documents by Allan M. Winkler
  • Posters of World War II: Allied and Axis Propaganda 1939-1945 by Peter Darman

Children’s Book

  • The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss

Lesson Module

  • Minute by Minute: The Role of Intelligence in the Cuban Missile Crisis

Civil Rights Workshop

Books

  • Freedom’s Children: Young Civil Rights Activists Tell Their Own Stories by Ellen Levine
  • She Would Not Be Moved: How We Tell The Story of Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott by Herbert Kohl
  • Rosa Parks: My Story by Rosa Parks
  • Up South: Civil Rights and Black Power in Philadelphia by Matthew J. Countryman
  • The Rebellious Life of Rosa Parks by Jeanne Theoharis
  • The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement by Taylor Branch

Videos

  • Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years (1954-1965)
  • Boycott (HBO Films)

Modern America Workshop

Books

Teachers simulate 1954 Geneva Conference at Modern America summer institute.

Teachers simulate 1954 Geneva Conference at Modern America summer institute.

  • Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North by Tom Sugrue
  • Vietnam Mailbag: Voices from the War – 1968-1972
  • The United States Since 1945: Historical Interpretations by Doug Rossinow and Rebecca Lowen
  • Vietnam War: Eyewitness Books
  • The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage by Todd Gitlin

Lesson Modules

  • The Limits of Power: The United States in Vietnam (Choices Program Unit)
  • The Middle East in Transition (Choices Program Unit)
  • The September 11 Interdisciplinary Curriculum

Documentary Videos

  • The Fabulous 60s
  • The Sensational 70s
  • History of the 80s

Movies

  • The Green Berets (1968)
  • Platoon (1986)
  • We Were Soldiers (2002)