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U.S. Era 10

Contemporary United States (1968 to the present)

Primary Sources

  • The September 11 Digital Archive: electronic documents, including emails, first-hand stories, and digital images. The website is maintained by the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University and the American Social History Project at the City University of New York in partnership with the Library of Congress. The Digital Archive continues to collect first-hand accounts of the 9/11 attacks and allows students to assess how history is being recorded and preserved in the 21st century.
  • Census Data:
    • This website includes searchable data using the “American Factfinder” and “State and Country Quick Facts” links. Students can access data by entering a street address.
  • Election Collection 2000: Links to 800 candidate and political websites as they appeared on the day of the disputed Bush-Gore election.
  • September 11th: catalogs six months of the New York Times’ coverage of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, including videos and photos.
  • Revisiting Watergate: catalogs the Washington Post’s coverage that broke the Watergate scandal. In addition to searchable news stories from 1968 to current obituaries, it contains digital documents from the Woodward and Bernstein Watergate Papers, political cartoons, and multimedia links including video, audio, timelines, and background on 25 key players in the affair.
  • The Avalon Project: Clinton, Bush, and 9/11: the full text of speeches, proclamations, and executive orders by Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Many government documents about the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, are available.
  • Second Wave Feminism: documents 51 photographs from the 1977 National Women’s Conference in Houston, Texas, where feminist delegates from all 50 states carried out a Congressional mandate to declare a “National Plan of Action.” Captions describe feminism’s transition from the suffragists to Betty Friedan and the modern era.
  • The Reagan Years: contains photos and speeches of President Reagan about topics such as Reaganomics and the Iran-contra affair.
  • Environmental Protection Agency: tells the history of the E.P.A., including documents from its origins in 1970. It also provides photos, biographies, speeches, and oral history transcripts of every administrator since the agency opened in 1970.
  • Computer History Museum: contains a digital history of the computer since the founding of Hewlett-Packard. It includes an interactive timeline from 1939 to 1994, a video gallery, an online tour of current exhibits, and a gallery of images from past exhibits such as “Internet History, 1962 to 1992” and “A History of Computer Chess, 1945 to 1997.”
  • Landscape of Asian America: Uses census data and other sources to describe the Asian-American experience. Includes a section on the history of Asian Americans.
  • Country Guides from National Geographic lend understanding to foreign policy. Examples: AfghanistanIraq

Lesson Plans

    • The Civil Rights Act and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
    • Watergate and the Constitution
    • The Inauguration of President Barack Obama
    • Hispanic Americans: Politics and Community (1970s – Present): featuring images of Cesar Chavez from his days leading grape boycotts with the United Farm Workers in 1966 to murals memorializing Cesar Chavez Boulevard in 2001.
  • The Living Room Candidate: Maintained by the Museum of the Moving Image, The Living Room Candidate contains more than 300 television commercials from every presidential election in Era 10, from Ronald Reagan’s “Morning in America” ad to George H.W. Bush’s “Willie Horton” spot to Barack Obama’s “Yes We Can” music video. This website also has eight downloadable lessons designed for use by high school teachers and students. Each lesson contains direct links to the relevant television or web ads and meets New York State curriculum standards.