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A Brilliant Madness
Online Poll [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

A Brilliant Madness
Online Forum [Text-based]

Experts answer questions about mental illness and recovery.

Chicago: City of the Century
Decades of Immigrants [Non-Flash interactive]

Find out the who, the when, and the why of Chicago immigrant groups.

Citizen King
Online Poll [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

Should Dr. King have taken on the Vietnam War and poverty in addition to civil rights?

Citizen King
Share Your Comments [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

What are your thoughts about Dr. King, the civil rights movement, or the legacy of the 1960s?

Citizen King
Producer Interview [Text-based]

Citizen King producer Orlando Bagwell talks about making a documentary on Martin Luther King.

Daughter from Danang
Your Opinions [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

Send in your comments on Heidi's story, the Babylift, or your own story.

Daughter from Danang
Two Hometowns [Image-based]

See Heidi's two hometowns through her eyes.

Daughter from Danang
Living in Two Cultures [Text-based]

Journalist Andrew Lam comments on the Vietnamese American experience.

Daughter from Danang
Behind the Scenes [Text-based]

Meet the producers and hear their answers to questions people ask about their film.

Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst
Filmmaker Interview [Text-based]

Robert Stone describes his work.

Hoover Dam
Divided Over Dams [Text-based]

Are dams environmentally sound or harmful? Do they make economic sense? This essay explores the arguments from dam opponents and proponents.

Joe DiMaggio: The Hero's Life
Poll: Great Feats in Baseball [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

Kinsey
Online Poll [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

Do you think Kinsey insulted American womanhood?

Kinsey
Online Forum [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

Q&A with a panel of experts on sex research and Kinsey.

Las Vegas: An Unconventional History
Online Poll [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

Vote on your favorite period in Las Vegas history. When would you like to have visited?

Las Vegas: An Unconventional History
Follow the Money [Text-based]

Las Vegas historian and resident Hal Rothman takes us on a tour of the city's economy.

Las Vegas: An Unconventional History
Postcards from Vegas [Other]

Send a Las Vegas e-postcard to a friend.

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
Life and Lessons [Text-based]

From popular hero -- and reggae prophet -- to advocate of black consciousness; what is Garvey's legacy today?

Miss America
Online Poll [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

What do you think about the pageant? And what would it take for you to stroll down the runway in a swimsuit?

Miss America
The Changing Ideal [Flash interactive]

Study Miss America through the decades -- and compare her to other American women.

Miss America
Video Vault [Video]

Watch past Miss Americas dazzle the crowds with their talent performances, Q&A and overall charm in these historic video clips. Twenty-two clips

Mount Rushmore
Online Poll [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

Which former president would you like to see memorialized with a national monument?

Mount Rushmore
American Mounuments [Text-based]

Read about the significance of America's national monuments and who or what should be memorialized through them.

Murder at Harvard
Online Poll [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

What standard of guilt do you think American courts should use?

Murder at Harvard
History and Fiction [Video]

Historian Simon Schama describes his approach to the story of Parkman's murder. Six clips.

RFK
Shock Year: 1968 [Flash interactive]

Explore 12 months of turmoil and uncertainty in America. Flash with non-Flash version available.

Seabiscuit
Online Poll [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

Should states allow more gambling?

The Boy in the Bubble
Online Poll [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

Should David Vetter have been removed from his germ-free bubble?

The Boy in the Bubble
Bioethics Opinions [Text-based]

Medical conditions like SCID raise many questions -- and provide few easy answers.

The Boy in the Bubble
Footage of David [Video]

See footage of David through his twelve years of life.

The Boy in the Bubble
Online Forum [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

Your questions answered, by a panel of experts.

The Carter Family: Will the Circle Be Unbroken
Three Generations [Text-based]

Trace the branches of a musical family.

The Murder of Emmett Till
Teens and Segregation [Non-Flash interactive]

Explore segregation through the eyes of Till's peers and those of teens today.

The Murder of Emmett Till
Sex and Race [Text-based]

Find out about the history of black-white sexual relations in this Q&A.

The Pill
Online Poll [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

Insurance covers Viagra; should it cover the Pill?

The Pill
The Pill and You [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

Send in a comment on the Pill, birth control, and your own experience or beliefs.

The Rockefellers
Attica Prison Riot [Video]

First-hand participants describe what happened at Attica, in video interviews. Ten clips.

Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern
Interview with the Filmmakers [Audio]

Meet Jeanne Jordan, daughter of Russ and Mary Jane Jordan, and her husband Steve Ascher. 14 RealAudio clips.

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

Photos spanning the history of the Jordan farm on Troublesome Creek

Tupperware!
Share Your Story [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

Did you ever sell Tupperware? Buy any? Or do you have an opinion you'd like to share? Let us know.

Tupperware!
One Word...Plastics [Text-based]

Historian Jeffrey Meikle explains how a new billiard ball got the whole plastics industry rolling.

War Letters
In Your State [Non-Flash interactive]

Chances are your students' families have old war letters or other family artifacts. These things are not only of personal value, but may be of historic significance to your community as well. Across the nation, military history museums, historical societies and other organizations are dedicated to collecting, displaying, and preserving the past. Select a state on the map to learn about resources near you.

Maps

Citizen King
Civil Rights Hot Spots [Non-Flash interactive]

Travel to civil rights hot spots on this map, and track the movement through its most tumultuous years.

New York: The Center of the World
Layers of Lower Manhattan [Flash interactive]

See how Lower Manhattan has changed -- from 17th century Dutch fortress to 21st century financial center.

Primary source

A Brilliant Madness
Schizophrenia and Genetic Risks [Text-based]

Find out more about a procedure that was once seen as a promising schizophrenia treatment.

Daughter from Danang
New Kid in Town [Text-based]

A local newspaper describes the town's new resident, a Babylifted girl named Heidi.

Jimmy Carter
The "Crisis of Confidence" Speech [Text-based]

Carter describes a nation losing faith in the future -- and exhorts its citizens to change.

Las Vegas: An Unconventional History
Book Preview [Text-based]

Read excerpts from the companion book to the film featuring a history of poker, the Rat Pack and more.

Las Vegas: An Unconventional History
Las Vegas Casino Opens with $4.6 Million Winner [Text-based]

A jackpot at the Mirage in 1989 suggests a paraphrase: "Lucky at slots -- unlucky in love?"

Race for the Superbomb
General Lee Butler's Speech and His Joint Statement with General Goodpaster on Reduction of Nuclear Weapons Arsenals: Declining Utility, Continuing Risks, 1996 [Text-based]

RFK
Victim of Lawlessness [Text-based]

A columnist examines Kennedy's assassination in the context of an overall trend in violence.

Scottsboro: An American Tragedy
A Pardon [Text-based]

Over forty-six years after his arrest, the last living defendant returns South.

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

Read a scholar's 1994 account of the rise of the streamliners --and the decline of trains in America.

The Murder of Emmett Till
In Till's Shadow [Text-based]

Learn about the long shadow cast by Emmett Till's murder.

Gallery

Daughter from Danang
The Last Orphan [Image-based]

Cartoonist Gary Trudeau's 1975 Doonesbury comic strips document the arrival of a Babylift adoptee.

Miss America
Gallery [Image-based]

The popularity of the Miss America pageant led to a variety of beauty contests -- many during the 1950s, a golden age for pageants. View a photos of Miss Black America, Miss Color TV and others.

Seabiscuit
Superhorses [Image-based]

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

The Boy in the Bubble
David Vetter's Spacesuit [Image-based]

See pictures of David Vetter and his special suit -- the NASA built Mobile Biological Isolation System.

The Pill
Gallery [Image-based]

Browse samples of Pill package design in this gallery, featuring historical images from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

Timeline

A Brilliant Madness
Timeline: Treatments for Mental Illness [Text-based]

Alone on the Ice
Exploration Timeline [Text-based]

Explore a 20th century exploration timeline.

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

Citizen King
Timelines Related to Martin Luther King [Text-based]

The Web offers many sources of information on Dr. King's life. Here are a few timelines of note.

Daughter from Danang
A History of Adoption in the United States [Text-based]

Las Vegas: An Unconventional History
Timeline [Text-based]

Explore a Las Vegas chronology.

Miss America
Timeline: Miss America [Text-based]

Read a timeline of the pageant and American women's history.

Seabiscuit
Timeline [Text-based]

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

The Boy in the Bubble
David Vetter's Life, and Treatments for Immunodeficiency [Text-based]

The Pill
Timeline [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]

Tupperware!
Timeline [Text-based]

Bibliography

Chicago: City of the Century
Further Reading [Text-based]

Citizen King
Further Reading [Text-based]

Daughter from Danang
Further Reading [Text-based]

Kinsey
Further Reading [Text-based]

Las Vegas: An Unconventional History
Further Reading [Text-based]

Miss America
Further Reading [Text-based]

New York: The Center of the World
Further Reading [Text-based]

Seabiscuit
Further Reading [Text-based]

The Boy in the Bubble
Further Reading [Text-based]

The Murder of Emmett Till
Further Reading [Text-based]

The Pill
Further Reading [Text-based]

Tupperware!
Further Reading [Text-based]

Teacher's guide

Citizen King
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Understand one of America's great leaders, the civil rights movement, race relations, regional political differences, federal government intervention in the states, definitions of freedom and citizenship, and more.

Daughter from Danang
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Explore "collateral damage" from the Vietnam War in a very personal story that sparks discussion of the effects of war on families, immigration, adoption, cultural influences, and ethnic identity.

Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Explore the cultural and political shifts of the late 1960s and early 1970s, the use of violence or terror to promote a cause, and law enforcement responses to terrorism.

Joe DiMaggio: The Hero's Life
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Learn about recreation during World War II, U.S. history during DiMaggio's career, and DiMaggio's role as a public figure.

Malcolm X -- Make It Plain
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Study the struggle for racial and gender equality, the leadership and ideology of Malcolm X and his legacy.

Miss America
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

See the changing roles of women over the course of the 20th century. Topics include the Jazz Age, the Depression, World War II, the Baby Boom, feminist and civil rights activism of the 1960s, the women's liberation movement, women and the workplace, leisure, the rise of television, beauty ideals, individualism, self-image, and consumerism.

Scottsboro: An American Tragedy
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Explore race relations, the Depression, the Communist Party, and regional differences in one of the most significant legal fights of the twentieth century.

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 Boy in the Bubble
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Vote on ethical issues in medicine, track the scientific breakthroughs and medical "miracles" of the 20th century, talk about the search for cures, and imagine the impact of David Vetter's condition on his life experience inside a protective isolator.

The Carter Family: Will the Circle Be Unbroken
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Use the Carter Family's music to explore the rise of the recording industry and celebrity culture, entertainment in America, popular images of poor and rural communities, and the Great Depression.

The Great San Francisco Earthquake
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Rattle your classroom with eyewitness accounts of disaster, explore government's role in rebuilding cities, investigate prejudice against Chinese immigrants, and track earthquakes around the world.

The Murder of Emmett Till
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Learn about race relations then and now; the Mississippi judicial system and the rights of black citizens in the 1950s; segregation in Chicago and the rural South; lynching; sharecropping; the northern migration of African Americans; and the roots of the civil rights movement.

The Pill
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Gain insights into contraception, eugenics, conflicts between religious values and societal trends, women's changing roles, the pharmaceutical industry's growth, medical advances, and the evolving relationship of the medical establishment and the lay public.

The Telephone
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

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

Tupperware!
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Investigate the post-World War II economy, advances in plastics technology and manufacturing, direct selling and business history, women's changing roles in society, women and work, social networks, consumer culture, the American Dream, and the Cold War.