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The Emergence of Modern America (1890-1930)

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Special feature

Fatal Flood
Online Poll [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

Fatal Flood
Voices from the Flood [Other]

African Americans experienced great hardship during the flood. Read the words of those who lived through it. Text with images and audio clip available.

Fatal Flood
Flood Film Clips [Video]

View footage taken before and during the flood. Three clips.

Fatal Flood
Delta Blues Music [Text-based]

Read interviews with Professor David Evans and WGBH radio host Mai Cramer about the influence of the Delta blues.

Jimmy Carter
Boyhood on the Farm [Video]

Watch video and read Carter's recollections of his rural Georgia childhood.

Lindbergh
Lindbergh's Transatlantic Flight [Text-based]

The story behind the plane that carried Lindbergh across the Atlantic.

Lindbergh
The Kidnapping [Text-based]

The abduction of Charles Lindbergh, Jr. and the subsequent "Trial of the Century."

Lindbergh
Daredevil Lindbergh [Text-based]

A young Lindbergh takes to the air and becomes a barnstormer.

Lindbergh
Air Mail Maverick [Text-based]

It was a dangerous job, but someone had to do it.

Lindbergh
Anne Morrow Lindbergh [Text-based]

She met "Lucky Lindy" soon after the historic flight and married him two years later.

Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind
Online Forum [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

Professor Robert Hill moderates a forum on Garvey's legacy and significance, and on a future vision for African Americans in our multi-cultural society.

Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind
Interview Clips [Text-based]

Read interview transcripts from members of Garvey's movement, who share their memories.

Mr. Miami Beach
Deco Miami [Text-based]

This catalog of historic Art Deco buildings in Miami Beach is a showcase of streamlined curves and towers.

Mr. Miami Beach
Miami Beach Today [Text-based]

Would the ghost of Carl Fisher recognize the city he built if he visited it today?

Mr. Miami Beach
America by Car [Text-based]

Hit the road with "gypsying" vacationers and learn about the origins of campgrounds and motels in this essay on vacation travel.

Mr. Miami Beach
Send a Postcard [Non-Flash interactive]

Who says you have to be in Miami Beach to send a Miami Beach postcard?

The Kennedys
Kennedy Family Tree [Flash interactive]

Joe and Rose Kennedy created an American political dynasty. Track who's who in this interactive tree. Flash with non-Flash text version available.

The Telephone
Forgotten Inventors [Text-based]

Explore some forgotten inventors.

Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern
Interview with the Filmmakers [Image-based]

Photos spanning the history of the Jordan farm on Troublesome Creek

Maps

Fatal Flood
Comparing Floods [Image-based]

See how the Mississippi River floods of 1927 and 1993 measure up, with maps, pictures, and statistics.

Lindbergh
Lindbergh's Transatlantic Flight [Flash interactive]

Examine every step of Lindy's historic New York-to-Paris flight.

Primary source

Fatal Flood
One Man's Experience [Text-based]

Read excerpts from Will Percy's 1941 memoir, Lanterns on the Levee: Recollections of a Planter's Son.

Fatal Flood
Robert Moton's First Report [Text-based]

The first report of the Colored Advisory Commission, to Herbert Hoover, June 13, 1927.

Fatal Flood
Robert Moton's Second Report [Text-based]

The Colored Advisory Commission's second report to Herbert Hoover, December 12, 1927.

Fatal Flood
Colored Advisory Commission Report [Text-based]

The final report of the Colored Advisory Commission, May 21, 1929.

Fatal Flood
The Flood Makes News [Text-based]

Newspaper coverage of the flood.

Golden Gate Bridge
The Common Sense Answer [Text-based]

Legendary San Francisco journalist Annie Laurie gave bridge promoter Joseph Strauss a boost with this 1923 column.

MacArthur
From Mother's Pen: Letter to Gen. Pershing [Text-based]

Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind
In His Own Words [Flash interactive]

Explore Garvey's writings on his movement and on his arrest, in an interactive presentation. Flash with non-Flash version available.

Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind
Declaration of Rights of the Negro Peoples of the World [Text-based]

Garvey and his movement adopted this declaration at their 1920 convention in New York.

Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind
Negroes of the World, The Eternal Has Happened [Text-based]

Garvey announces the establishment of the Black Star Line in this 1919 editorial.

Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind
J. Edgar Hoover Memo [Text-based]

The government watches Garvey very closely.

Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind
Garvey Must Go [Text-based]

African American leaders call Garvey a menace.

Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind
The Negro's Greatest Enemy [Text-based]

Read Garvey's extensive autobiographical statement from 1923.

Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind
A Barefaced Colored Leader [Text-based]

Marcus Garvey puts down W.E.B. Du Bois.

Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind
Statement of Arrest [Text-based]

Garvey reflects on his arrest in this January 1922 document.

Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind
Africa for the Africans [Text-based]

Garvey's April 1922 newspaper editorial explains his idea of returning to Africa.

Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind
Belief That Race Problem Will Adjust Itself A Fallacy [Text-based]

Garvey argues that former slaves have no future in America, and must turn to Africa.

Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind
Support the Black Star Line [Text-based]

A notice from The Negro World promotes Garvey's shipping line.

Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind
The Peace After World War I [Text-based]

Garvey addresses African colonialism in this 1918 editorial.

Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind
Garvey's Last Speech Before His Incarceration [Text-based]

In 1923, Garvey issued this rallying cry to his movement.

Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind
Speech: A Place in the Sun [Text-based]

Garvey advocates founding a nation for black people.

Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind
Look for Me in the Whirlwind [Text-based]

Garvey delivers an impassioned message from an Atlanta prison.

Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind
Garvey's Poetry and Songs [Text-based]

This selection includes lyrics for Garvey's song, "Keep Cool."

The Man Behind Hitler
Joseph Goebbels' Diary [Text-based]

Track the propagandist's views from 1926 to 1945.

Gallery

Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind
The Impact of Marcus Garvey [Image-based]

Who were the leaders of the Universal Negro Improvement Association, and what did the organization do? Learn more about the membership and the work of the U.N.I.A. in photographs and advertisements.

Seabiscuit
Superhorses [Image-based]

Find out about thirty of the best athletes American horse racing has ever seen.

The Telephone
Telephones Through the Years [Image-based]

A visual history of the telephone.

Timeline

Big Dream, Small Screen
TV Milestones [Text-based]

Eleanor Roosevelt
Timeline of Eleanor Roosevelt [Text-based]

Fatal Flood
Timeline [Text-based]

Explore a Mississippi River flood control timeline.

Golden Gate Bridge
Timeline [Text-based]

Streamliners: America's Lost Trains
Streamliners Timeline [Text-based]

The Kennedys
Kennedy Family Chronology [Text-based]

The Telephone
Technology Timeline [Flash interactive]

From Benjamin Franklin's lightning rod to the Hubble Space Telescope, explore some of America's technological innovations and inventions. Flash with non-Flash version available.

Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern
Timeline [Text-based]

Bibliography

Big Dream, Small Screen
Read More Learn More [Text-based]

Eleanor Roosevelt
Further Reading [Text-based]

Fatal Flood
Further Reading [Text-based]

FDR
Further Reading [Text-based]

Golden Gate Bridge
Further Reading [Text-based]

Lindbergh
Further Reading [Text-based]

Mr. Miami Beach
Further Reading [Text-based]

The Pill
Further Reading [Text-based]

Teacher's guide

Fatal Flood
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Untangle the mixed-up strands of greed, power and race during one of America's greatest natural disasters.

Golden Gate Bridge
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Learn about American urban growth in the Thirties, the development of the West, building projects of the New Deal, employment in the Great Depression, environmental issues, the role of labor and labor unions, engineering history, and more.

Hoover Dam
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Study how the Hoover Dam and other government projects have affected settlement and land use in the American West.

Houdini
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Learn about America in the 1920s, particularly the rise of mass media, media celebrities, and American attitudes about immigration.

Jimmy Carter
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Explore the political rise of the South, presidential campaigns and elections, energy policy, inflation and unemployment, peace and war in the Middle East, the Iranian hostage crisis, the role of ex-presidents and the fight to eradicate disease.

Lindbergh
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Discuss heroism, the media, and review the evidence against Bruno Hauptmann in the Lindbergh baby kidnapping case.

MacArthur
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Explore the career of a controversial leader and understand events in the Pacific theater during WWII.

Seabiscuit
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Spend a day at the races and learn about leisure during the Great Depression, folk heroes, the rise of radio and creation of a national broadcast audience, the rise of the automobile and the decline of the horse, and the legalization of gambling.

Streamliners: America's Lost Trains
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Take a trip on America's shimmering silver locomotives, in the heyday of the U.S. passenger rail system.

The Crash of 1929
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Step back to the 1920s and look into market mechanics, the history of Wall Street, economic forecasting, the zeitgeist of the 1920s, morality and the market, the effect of economic cycles on political trends, the lifestyles of the American elite.

The Kennedys
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Trace the rise of an Irish American family through the military, economic, and social events of the twentieth century. Explore the presidency; the relationship between religion and politics; the role of money in the political process; questions of democracy, aristocracy, and meritocracy; celebrity in America; and public service.

The Man Behind Hitler
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Ask your students to explore the road to tyranny and war, debate how Hitler might have been stopped, and investigate the nature and effectiveness of political propaganda.

The Telephone
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Study the telephone, and discuss monopolies, patents, and women in the workforce.

Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Find out how one family, the Jordans, came up with a dramatic solution to hold onto their family farm.