Press Release
Press Release · Monday, August 9, 1999

Press Release
August 9, 1999
Documents and Teaching Activities Related to Issues and Events from Twentieth-Century U.S. History Now Available Online from the National Archives

Washington, DC. . . The National Archives and Records Administration announces eighteen new units in the Digital Classroom section of its Web site. The units address various historical issues and events that occurred between 1900 and 1970, including the Election of 1912, World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, Brown v. The Board of Education, the Cold War, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Vietnam. All of the units correlate to national academic standards, reflect constitutional issues, and encourage the analysis of primary source documents.

Historical documents from the holdings of the National Archives inspire document analysis activities that lead to classroom simulations, mapping activities, creative writing assignments, cooperative learning exercises, and technology-based research projects as described in the units. In addition to the activities, each unit includes an historical background section that provides valuable contextual information about the featured documents.

This is the final set of units created by members of The Constitution Community, a curriculum development team composed of classroom teachers from across the country and education specialists at the National Archives. Other units, also available online at, address issues and events from the American Revolution to the turn of the twentieth century. The project is dedicated to educating the public about the foundations of democracy and Constitutional issues and is being funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and the Government Information Technology Services Board (GITSB) Innovation Fund, administered by the General Services Administration.

For additional PRESS information, please contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at (301) 837-1700 or by e-mail. Visit the National Archives Home Page on the World Wide Web at


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