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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

Christina Resource Center

Portia Tyson
Christina School District
Albert H. Jones Elementary School
35 W. Main St.
Newark, DE 19702

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


  • 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


  • Thank You, Sarah by Laurie Halse Anderson

American Revolution Workshop


  • 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


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

New Nation Workshop


  • 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


  • 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


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


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

Age of Andrew Jackson Workshop


  • 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


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

Westward Expansion Workshop


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • The Civil War – Ken Burns



  • 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


  • The Abolitionists – PBS Video

Reconstruction Workshop


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


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

World War I Workshop


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

Age of the Roosevelts Worskhop


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


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

Modern America Workshop


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


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