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May 2005

The E Pluribus Unum Project
Site focused on three key periods of U.S. History: 1770s, 1850s, and 1920s.
Grade Level: 9-12, Advanced

The E Pluribus Unum Project offers teachers and students resources about how Americans tried to make “one from many” during three pivotal decades in U.S. history: the 1770s, 1850s, and the 1920s. It includes lesson plans and primary documents.
The site’s content is organized into three sections, one for each decade, as well as topical clusters: primary sources, teaching and learning, links and search tools. Users need to scroll to the bottom of the main page to find the links to the various sections.

Teachers and students will find lots of resources at this site for learning about three pivotal decades in American History. Materials cover the Revolutionary period of the 1770s and focus on different modes of communication. Other materials cover the reform period of the 1850s, including the women’s rights movement and the abolition of slavery, and the 1920s and the cultural battles that took us through Prohibition and brought us women’s right to vote. Each time period has an introductory essay with links to key topics and primary documents such as the Declaration of Independence, newspapers of the times, speeches, advertisements, broadsides, diaries and letters, interviews, testimony at trial, and personal accounts. Included are tips for using the site in the classroom and an excellent secondary lesson plan on the Boston Massacre.


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