The Second World War (1939-1945), while global, did not fully impact the United States until the military attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941. This collection is a snapshot of the lives of Americans both on the battlefield and on the Homefront. Portraiture can be used as a springboard into deeper discussions about biography and our collective history. Users of this collection are encouraged to take into account how the sitter’s social and political identities play a role in how they experienced the war.
Who are the notable political and military figures of the war? How does portraiture capture their respective reputations?
In what ways did the Second World War impact the lives of men and women from underrepresented groups? What is the legacy of this impact?
How did the entertainment industry rally around the troops during the war?
What was the role of journalism, literature, and documentary film during the war? How were these formats used to disseminate information to the American public?
The aircraft made it's war debut in World War I, but in World War II both aircraft and aviators demonstrated the importance of air power superiority. The success or failure of numerous conflicts was heavily dependent on the conflict in the air. The battle to manufacture aircraft as quickly as they were being shot out of the air was also an important portion of the war. Bombers had expanded ranges, while fighters who protected them often could travel shorter distances making airfields some of the most valuable territory in the war. The cargo plane was also introduced allowing militaries to transport troops and supplies much quicker, which clearly impacted the war. The Battle of Britain was fought solely with aircraft as the Germans and British played an airborne chess match. Each power was also racing to release the jet fighter which would almost certainly ensure that country would rule the skies. With all of this, the aircraft proved to be one of the most valuable resources of the war, providing both cover fire for infantryman, rapid movement of supplies, and bombing important targets.
Learn about WWII from Tuskegee Airman, Charles McGee and explore how you can help tell the stories of local veterans with the help of student reporter Jaden Jefferson.
This collection is a part of my Social Studies Methods course in which I will create a series of resources for my 11th grade students to use throughout our World War II Unit
In this STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) inspired STEM in 30, we will look at some of the technological advances of World War I that solidified the airplane's legacy as a fighting machine. In conjunction with the Embassy of Belgium, we'll also dive deep into how the war affected the lives of children in an occupied country and how lace makers helped feed a nation. The episode will also look at present works of art by artist soldiers on display in the Artist Soldiers: Artistic Expression in the First World War exhibition.
April 26, 2017
This topical collection features forty international stamps that were issued during the World War I era. These stamps will serve as inspiration and a starting point for teacher-created Smithsonian Learning Lab collections during the National Postal Museum's workshop, "My Fellow Soldiers: Letters from World War I" (July 2017)
This collection highlights artifacts and secondary sources to help students explore the history of World War I. Specific topics referenced in this collection include trench warfare, women's contributions to the war effort and aid efforts.
Time Period: July 28, 1914 - November 11, 1918
This activity will be an opener for our Module on World War 2: Franklin Roosevelt and Yalta. Students will analyze a portrait using the 'puzzle activity' strategy to observe, describe, create questions and piece together the portrait. After the original portrait is revealed students will read informational text about the artist and portrait and answer the questions they generated during their activity. We will also be looking at Winston Churchill's portrait by the same artist.
Artifacts of the Suffrage Movement and Anti-Suffrage Movement
Womens suffrage occured in the 1800s. It was when the women had unfair rights compared to the men. For example they were not allowed to vote. Women would protest and fight for their rights for years. The suffrage ended in 1848 when a group of abolitionist activists–mostly women, but some men–gathered in Seneca Falls, New York to discuss the problem of women's rights.
Near the end of the war, Canada, Russia, Germany, and Poland also recognized women's right to vote. British women over 30 had the vote in 1918, Dutch women in 1919, and American women won the vote on 26 August 1920 with the passage of the 19th Amendment.
Idaho was among the first states to grant women the right to vote. In this collection, we examine the journey to passing the law allowing women to vote, social views of the roles of women, as well as the similarities and differences between Idaho's women suffrage movement and the nationwide suffrage movements.
This collection explores the key components and changes that have occurred during the struggle for Women's rights.
It is meant to spark discussion about the movement and it's long term impact on history and the issues that still face women in their fight for gender equality.
Here is a collection of videos from a Women's History Month family festival, that includes interviews and performance footage with Kathak dancer Prachi Dalal, Native American singing group Ulali, mother-daughter storyteller and artist Yona Zeldis McDonough and Malcah Zeldis, and the Georgia Tech Glee Club paying tribute to the women in the audience for Women's History Month.
This Women's History collection contains photographs, documents, and other materials from Indiana Historical Society archival collections that pertain to the history of women's rights and interests in Indiana. Some of the materials represented in this digital collection include Indianapolis Woman's Club Records, League of Women Voters of Indiana Records, Propylaeum Records, as well as other organizational records and personal papers such as those of May Wright Sewall. Materials date from the late 1800s through the present day.
In celebration of Women's History Month, this collections highlights some of the many accomplished and influential women in science, art, women's rights, and athletics throughout history. This is a Smithsonian Learning Lab topical collection, which contains images, text, recordings, and other multimedia resources that may complement Tween Tribune features for Women's History Month 2018:
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This is a work-in-progress Smithsonian Learning Lab collection that includes images, text, and videos intended to inspire learning about different events, accomplishments, and themes in women's history in the United States. These resources provide some examples of and context on the movement for women's suffrage, feminists and activists for women's rights, and the first women to work in male-dominated fields. If you want to personalize this collection by changing or adding content, click the Sign Up link above to create a free account. If you are already logged in, click the copy button to initiate your own version. Learn more here.