Educator Resources

Atlanta Professional Development

These workshops are for American history teachers. The records held in the National Archives give credence to the stories of our collective past. They allow students of history to test what they have read or heard about the events that have brought us to this point in time. The records teach us to question and draw thoughtful conclusions about the meaning of our history.

Document-Based Narrative Presentations

The Long Civil Rights Movement

Using documents from a variety of National Archives facilities, this interpretation of the Civil Rights Movement begins with the Freedmen’s Bureau records and ends with Dr. King’s involvement in the Memphis Garbage Workers’ strike and his assassination.

Alphabet Soup: The Federal Government’s Response to the Great Depression

The New Deal was a turning point in the workings of the central government. This presentation explores the conditions that faced America and the immediate reactions to them.

The Southern Homefront in World War II

Records held at the National Archives at Atlanta tell the story of World War II at home. From documents promoting women in the workplace and encouraging textile production, to investigating discrimination in war production industries and describing German U-boats sinking freighters off the Carolina Coast, these documents even tell the story of the largest of the Secret Cities.

From the Frying Pan Into the Fire: The Cold War Heats Up

Using both historic images and textual documents, events from the last days of World War II to the Cuban Missile Crisis are explored, including the Kennan Telegram, McCarthyism, the firing of MacArthur, and the Bay of Pigs.

Document-Based Activity Labs

The Tennessee Valley Authority: The Controversy of Progress

The TVA is often taught as a wonderful and progressive project that brought electricity and flood control to the South. Some documents, however, tell the story of uprooted families and government in direct competition with private industry.

The Surprising Papers in the Case of the Heirs of George Rogers Clark

In the 1840s, the descendants of George Rogers Clark filed a court case concerning a property dispute along the Mississippi Valley. Copies of pertinent documents dating back to the 1730s obtained from England for the case deal with relationships with the Cherokee, colonial expansion into the west, and the transfer of influence from the British to the Americans.

Documents of Slavery

Although predominantly a state issue, slavery did come in contact with the Federal government in many ways. Participants analyze slave manifests before and after the 1808 ruling ending the Atlantic slave trade, court cases dealing with violations of the slave trade act, and disputes involving human property.

Pedagogical Programs

An Introduction to Historical Research and Writing

Knowing the tools of the historian is a vital skill for literate and educated citizens. How do I look for historical data? Which documents support my argument? How do I form a historical argument? The program addresses these and other questions. Methods found in A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations are stressed.

DocsTeach and the Common Core Standards

Find out how the historical thinking activities on DocsTeach—our online tool for teaching with documents—align with the coming Common Core Standards. Find out how to create your own classroom activities from the thousands of primary sources found on this interactive National Archives website.