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"Gift for the Grangers"

This 1873 promotional poster for the Grangers features an idealized portrait of the yeoman farmer, with accompanying scenes of social, civic, and domestic life. The Grange (also known as the Patrons of Husbandry) was a coalition of independent [...]

Item Type: Poster/Print
"Supporters of the Grape Boycott March through Toronto"

In 1965, Mexican and Filipino farmworkers joined together as the United Farm Workers of America (UFWA) to strike against poor working conditions and low wages in California's grape industry. Months on the picket line, however, took their toll, and [...]

Item Type: Photograph
Analysis Worksheet: "Gift for the Grangers"

This worksheet helps students analyze an 1873 poster promoting the Grange Movement, an organization of farmers founded in 1867.

Analysis Worksheet: "Migratory Mexican Field Worker's Home"

This worksheet helps students to analyze a photograph taken by Dorothea Lange in 1937 for the federal government's Farm Security Administration.

Vocabulary for Farmworkers and the Struggle for Economic Justice

These words and phrases (some in Spanish) are used as part of the Farmworkers and the Struggle for Economic Justice activity, which includes portions of the documentary The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers' Struggle.

Analysis Worksheet: “I’m Proud...My Husband Wants Me to Do My Part”

This worksheet helps students analyze a poster created by the U.S. government during World War II that encourages women to take factory jobs.

By the Numbers: White and African-American Women Workers

This worksheet helps students analyze statistics about the labor force participation of white and African-American women in the decades before, during, and after WWII.

John Ordway Describes Meeting the Teton Sioux

In 1804, President Thomas Jefferson hired Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to explore the vast territory of the Louisiana Purchase, recently acquired from France. Lewis and Clark followed the path of the Missouri and Columbia Rivers through eleven [...]

What were Winter Counts?

This background essay, adapted from a Smithsonian Institution online exhibit, provides information about the Winter Count calendars kept by many Lakota Indian bands.

Item Type: Article/Essay
Analysis Worksheet: How is History Recorded?

This worksheet helps students compare two historical documents, a journal entry from the Lewis and Clark expedition and excerpts from a Lakota Winter Count. The sections of the worksheet align to major sections of the Common Core reading standards: [...]

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