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George H.W. Bush and Boris Yeltsin
George H.W. Bush and Boris Yeltsin
In 1992, U.S. President George H.W. Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin sign trade treaties in the East Room of the White House.
Format: image/photograph
George W. Bush
George W. Bush
George W. Bush was the 43rd president of the United States.
Format: image/photograph
George H.W. Bush and Norman Schwarzkopf in Saudi Arabia
George H.W. Bush and Norman Schwarzkopf in Saudi Arabia
During the Gulf War, President George H.W. Bush rides in an armored jeep with General Norman Schwarzkopf in Saudi Arabia.
Format: image/photograph
George H.W. Bush
George H.W. Bush
Official White House portrait of George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States.
Format: image/photograph
The presidency of George H. W. Bush
In Recent North Carolina, page 1.4
A brief history of the United States from 1989 to 1993, including the end of the Cold War and the Persian Gulf War.
Format: book
Recent North Carolina
Primary sources and readings explore recent North Carolina (1975–present). Topics include politics, the economy, the environment, natural disasters, and increasing diversity.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Verb tense time warps
When students have inconsistent verb tense, they have a "time warp" in their stories. In this lesson, students learn that verbs tell not only what action takes place, but also when the action takes place. They will learn to identify past, present and future verb tenses and to check sentences and paragraphs for inconsistent verb tense.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 English Language Arts)
By DPI Writing Strategies.
The war on terror and the presidency of George W. Bush
In Recent North Carolina, page 1.6
A brief history of the United States in the first decade of the 21st century, largely focusing on the events of September 11, 2001, and their aftermath.
Format: book
The Voting Rights Act of 1965
In Postwar North Carolina, page 5.12
Five months after the Selma-to-Montgmery March, the Congress passed and President Johnson signed into law the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This law gave the federal government the power to enforce the Fifteenth Amendment, which guaranteed equal voting rights regardless of race.
Format: book
Presidential inaugurations in historical perspective
A guide to online resources about the history of American presidential inaugurations.
Format: bibliography
The 2004 presidential election in historical context
Historian William E. Leuchtenburg talks about past presidential elections and how the 2004 election fits or defies precedents.
By Kathryn Walbert.
The police chief is killed
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 8.7
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 4.7
Article from the Gastonia Daily Gazette about the killing of the town's police chief during the 1929 Loray Mill strike. Includes historical background and commentary.
Format: newspaper/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
Does my vote count? Understanding the Electoral College
In Election 2012, page 4.2
This tutorial for students explains how the electoral college works, the origins and development of the electoral college as some controversial elections, and how much any one vote actually "weighs" in an election. Readings and activities are included.
Format: tutorial
Does my vote count? Understanding the electoral college
In Election 2008, page 4.1
This tutorial for students explains how the electoral college works, the origins and development of the electoral college as some controversial elections, and how much any one vote actually "weighs" in an election. Readings and activities are included.
Format: tutorial
By David Walbert.
Mountain dialect: Reading between the spoken lines
This lesson plan uses Chapter 13 of Our Southern Highlanders as a jumping-off point to help students achieve social studies and English language arts objectives while developing an appreciation of the uniqueness of regional speech patterns, the complexities of ethnographic encounter, and the need to interrogate primary sources carefully to identify potential biases and misinformation in them. Historical content includes American slavery, the turn of the century, and the Great Depression.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Kathryn Walbert.
The United States in the 1990s
In Recent North Carolina, page 1.5
A brief history of the United States in the 1990s, including the 1992 presidential election, Bill Clinton's presidency, globalization, the congressional elections of 1994, the rise of the information economy, and post-Cold War foreign relations.
Format: book
Covering the beat: The University in the WWII Era
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 7.11
Hugh MacRae Morton, as a student at the University of North Carolina from 1939-1942, served as either official photographer or photograph editor for almost all of the major campus publications. He covered everything from basketball games and pep rallies to...
Format: essay
By Janis Holder.
The Reagan years
In Recent North Carolina, page 1.3
A history of the United States during the presidency of Ronald Reagan (1981–89), including the rise of conservatism, economic issues, and relations with the Soviet Union.
Format: book

Resources on the web

National Portrait Gallery: Portaits of the Presidents
Highlights forty two of the United States Presidents and their portraits. Biographical essays about each president are included as well as information about each of the featured portraits. A teacher's guide is available for the entire collection. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution
U. S. Cabinet
Learn about the role of the President's Cabinet, its members members, and the role of succession to the President of the United States. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Office of the President