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September 2004

Woodrow Wilson & the Birth of the American Century
PBS Site on the 28th president.
Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Woodrow Wilson, the Web site is a companion to the three-hour biography, produced by PBS, of the 28th President of the United States. Included is a teachers' guide as well as resources, primary documents and other materials for teaching and learning about this President and his legacy.
The site is organized into seven sections that are listed in the sidebar of the homepage. Clicking on a section title expands the menu to include sub-topics for that area of the site. A text menu bar is also available at the bottom of the pages. Real Player is needed to view the video clips.

This site is a rich resource for teachers and students who are teaching and learning about Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the United States. Users will find a description of the film as well as a full transcript, behind the scenes video clips of interviews with the filmmakers, and an extensive list of resources for further reading. Primary sources include speeches such as "Wilson's Fourteen Points" outlining his vision for a new world order including the establishment of an organization that would eventually become the United Nations, personal letters and historical documents such as The Covenant of the League of Nations. An interactive timeline gives brief descriptions of events throughout Wilson's lifetime and Wilson-A Portrait outlines important events in his life complete with full text discussions and video clips. Special Features include an interactive module Win the Election of 1912, Exposing Poverty and Wilson's Legacy. Additionally there is a section about the people featured in the film and a gallery that includes the Wilson Photo Album and Poster Art of World War I. The Teachers' Guide provides four lessons for grades 7-12. Topics include women's suffrage, Wilson and African Americans, the 1912 election, and World War I.


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