Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

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Matilda Brown, one of Truman's teachers

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Make Nixon President in 1960

Students will create a Social Media Campaign for Richard Nixon in hopes of him winning the 1960 Election

Author: Josue Campos
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NSC 68 and the Patriot Act

Students will use a historical document (NSC-68) and compare it with the Patriot Act to find similarities and differences. The purpose is to help students understand that in times of crisis, the gove . . .

Author: Mary Barcroft
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Atomic Bomb-Truman Press Release-August 6, 1945

Document analysis activity focused on the press release from President Truman on August 6, 1945 following the dropping of the atomic bomb

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Introduction to Mr. John Brown

This lesson would be used as an introduction to John Brown and his role in Kansas History. The 7th grade state standards are listed below but John Brown is a pivotal character in Kansas. The state of . . .

Author: Mary Myers
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Go Fish - For First Ladies

Finding primary sources, students will work together as a class to create a master “deck of cards” for 13 first ladies. Students will work together in pairs (or alone †. . .

Author: Elizabeth Boxley
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