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Lesson Plans (15) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Multimedia (21) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Informational Materials (9) Textual information containing useful facts or information.
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ALEX Lesson Plans


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Subject: Social Studies (6 - 11)
Title: Out of the Darkness: The Tennessee Valley Authority and the Great Depression
Description: Learn TVA's role in the development of the Tennessee Valley during and after The Great Depression. Teach your students how a region once plagued by high unemployment, floods, disease and poor farming conditions began to thrive with the introduction of electricity. This is part of the Currents of Change program. For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Subject: Social Studies (6 - 11)
Title: Currents of Change: The Tennessee Valley and the War Effort
Description: What do Fontana Dam, Oak Ridge and the Tennessee Valley Authority have in common? Each one played a key role in helping the United States win World War II.  Learn the importance of TVA's work in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and how the power generated by Fontana Dam helped power the war effort. This is part of the Currents of Change program. For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Subject: Social Studies (11)
Title: The Great Depression – Hard Times Hit America
Description: This lesson will use primary source documents to explore life during the Great Depression. This lesson would follow an introduction to the Great Depression and the stock market crash of 1929.  Along with a PowerPointpresentation and video clips, the main activity will focus on an examination of letters written primarily from Alabamians during the Depression to either the president or the Alabama governor.  Each letter will give students a personal view of how the Depression affected Americans. This lesson was created as a part of the Alabama History Education Initiative, funded by a generous grant from the Malone Family Foundation in 2009. Author Information: Jennifer Drawhorn (Cohort 1:  2009-2010) Hillcrest High School Tuscaloosa County School System Tuscaloosa, AL


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Subject: Social Studies (11)
Title: A Cry for Help in Alabama - 1934
Description: This lesson serves as an introduction to a study of the New Deal. It’s based on letters written by Alabama citizens in 1934 asking for help from the state government. By analyzing these letters and the brief replies sent from the governor’s office, students will gain a sense of the human toll the Great Depression took in this state, the inadequacy of state government to respond, and the need for help at the federal level. Students will then study major New Deal programs and speculate on how (and in what ways) those programs could have helped the original letter writers. They will also address the question of what the appropriate role of the federal government should be during an economic crisis (a relevant topic today). This lesson was created as a part of the Alabama History Education Initiative, funded by a generous grant from the Malone Family Foundation in 2009. Author Information: Lillie Johnson, Bullock County High School Adapted for AP by: Mary Hubbard, Advanced Placement History Teacher, Retired, Alabama History Education Initiative Consultant


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Social Studies (7 - 12)
Title: Famous Failures
Description: The students are shown a video of "Famous Failures" which provides examples of famous people who failed many times prior to becoming successful. The students are encouraged to discuss the different people in the video and are asked to think about the famous person's contributions. Was Walt Disney's impact greater than Henry Ford's? The students then (teacher facilitated) list the ten famous people they would put on a “Top 10 list." This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (8 - 9), or Social Studies (11)
Title: Fried Green Tomatoes & Cultural Crossroads
Description: Having read Fannie Flagg’s Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café, students will conduct research through an interview with an elderly person from the community (a field trip to local nursing home facility) to determine the validity of the author’s message (setting, cultural, and historical observations).  They will develop interview questions derived from observations and events from the book as a large group. Small student groups will use iPods/MP3s, laptop computers with webcams, or digital cameras to capture pictures, videos, or audio clips from their interview, as well as take notes. On their return, groups will compare facts from the book to findings during interview and collaborate to create a presentation that finds Flagg’s depiction of the Alabama of the Great Depression days credible or not.


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Subject: Social Studies (10 - 11)
Title: History: It's All Around Me
Description: Most students are unaware of the historical significances that can be found in their immediate surroundings. This lesson plan sends students on a quest to seek out areas of historical significance that can be found within their local area. Once students find these hidden historical gems they will report their findings via photo story. This lesson plan has been made with Alabama historical places of reference in mind; you will need to adapt it for your own individual state.


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Subject: Credit Recovery Science (9 - 12), or Science (9 - 12), or Social Studies (11)
Title: The Tennessee Valley Authority and the Lost Towns of Marshall County, Alabama
Description: Students will create computer models based both on contemporary maps and primary sources to explore the role of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s hydroelectric projects in altering more than 75 miles of the natural landscape and in displacing communities along the Tennessee River.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Social Studies
Title: The Social Security Act     
Description: In this EDSITEment lesson students examine the 1935 Social Security Act, and the debates surrounding it, in order to evaluate the reasons for this act and the related agency.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: FDR's Fireside Chats: The Power of Words     
Description: In this EDSITEment lesson students gain a sense of the dramatic effect of FDR's voice on his audience by listening to audio recordings, consider the scope of what he was proposing in these initial speeches, and make an overall analysis of why the Fireside Chats were so successful.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: African-Americans and the New Deal's Civilian Conservation Corps     
Description: In this EDSITEment lesson student examine primary source documents pertaining to the establishment of the Civilian Conservation Corp and evaluate the impact of this program on race relations in America.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Lesson 2: NAACP's Anti-Lynching Campaign in the 1930's     
Description: In this lesson students participate in a role-play activity that has them become members of a newspaper or magazine editorial board preparing a retrospective report about the NAACP's anti-lynching campaign of the 1930s.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Rise of Social Reform in the 1930s     
Description: This lesson asks students to explore the various roles that Eleanor Roosevelt took on, among them: First Lady, political activist for civil rights, newspaper columnist and author, and representative to the United Nations.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: History Now     
Description: This EDSITEment-reviewed Web site, from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, is a quarterly online journal for teachers and students. The site features lesson plans, reflections from leading historians, multimedia interactive resources such as audio clips and slideshows and an '' Ask the Archivist'' section where teachers and students can send questions and see the answers posted on the site. Users can find information on Abraham Lincoln, national holidays, elections, voting rights, immigration, the American West, slavery, abolitionism and the Civil Rights Movement.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts,Social Studies
Title: Worth a Thousand Words: Depression-Era Photographs     
Description: The goals of this lesson, from EDSITEment, are to gain insight into New Deal programs and the experience of Depression-era Americans, to recognize the distinction between observation and inference when drawing information from documentary photographs, to recognize some ways the photographer can influence interpretation of documentary photographs, and to gain experience in critical thinking about media.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



ALEX Learning Activities


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Title: Life in Oak Ridge
Digital Tool: Life in Oak Ridge video
Digital Tool Description: Documentary on Life in Oak Ridge, Tennessee during the development of the atomic research center. In a land ravaged by flood, the people of the Tennessee Valley found their salvation in water.  In the depths of the Depression, they built a foundation for prosperity.  In the shadow of the past, they ushered in the Atomic Age.  This is the story of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), that has touched the lives of so many people- and generations to come. Told through the eyes and experience of the people themselves, Built for the People is the story of a grand vision for the Valley.  A vision made possible by a region of people who gave their souls to make that vision a reality. Today, the Valley as we know it- all its magnificence, all its vitality and all its prosperity- stands as a testament to what can be achieved when men and women dedicate their lives to change the course of history. This is part of the Currents of Change program.  For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Title: Nuclear Power- Pros and Cons
Digital Tool: Oak Ridge video
Digital Tool Description: Documentary on the development of Oak Ridge as an Atomic Research Center. In a land ravaged by flood, the people of the Tennessee Valley found their salvation in water.  In the depths of the Depression, they built a foundation for prosperity.  In the shadow of the past, they ushered in the Atomic Age.  This is the story of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), that has touched the lives of so many people- and generations to come. Told through the eyes and experience of the people themselves, Built for the People is the story of a grand vision for the Valley.  A vision made possible by a region of people who gave their souls to make that vision a reality. Today, the Valley as we know it- all its magnificence, all its vitality and all its prosperity- stands as a testament to what can be achieved when men and women dedicate their lives to change the course of history. This is part of the Currents of Change program.  For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Title: Fontana and WWII- Create a News Story
Digital Tool: Currents of Change Make Your Own News Story
Digital Tool Description: Students will use the "Make Your Own News Story" tool available on the Currents of Change website, along with the video documentary Fontana Dam, to write a news article about the construction of Fontana Dam. This is part of the Currents of Change program.  For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Title: Wartime Messages: A Socratic Seminar
Digital Tool: Currents of Change Photo Gallery
Digital Tool Description: Online photo gallery of images from the Tennessee Valley Authority and the the people impacted by the TVA. This is part of the Currents of Change program. For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Title: The Norris Dam Bill
Digital Tool: Senator George Norris Reenactment Video
Digital Tool Description: Senator George Norris of Nebraska is known as "The Father of TVA." He had the idea for creating TVA to help people in the Tennessee Valley. Norris worked with President Franklin Roosevelt to create the Tennessee Valley Authority in 1933. Senator Norris often visited the Tennessee Valley and Norris Dam is named for him. David Landis, a former State Senator from Nebraska, looks a lot like Senator Norris did when TVA was created. This video shows Landis portraying Senator Norris as he tells the story of TVA. This is part of the Currents of Change program.  For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Title: The Greater Good?
Digital Tool: Eminent Domain Acitivity
Digital Tool Description: When does the nation's "greater good" take precedence over the private property rights of an individual? Eminent domain is a complex legal concept that allows the government to compulsorily purchase privately owned land from landowners to meet a public need. This activity will help students explore real world examples of eminent domain and evaluate the effects of it. This is part of the Currents of Change program. For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Title: Electricity's Impact
Digital Tool: Leo Cobb Oral History Videos
Digital Tool Description: An interview with Tennessee Valley resident and TVA employee Leo Cobb on the coming of TVA. In a land ravaged by flood, the people of the Tennessee Valley found their salvation in water. In the depths of the Depression, they built a foundation for prosperity. In the shadow of the past, they ushered in the Atomic Age. This is the story of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), that has touched the lives of so many people- and generations to come. Told through the eyes and experience of the people themselves, Built for the People is the story of a grand vision for the Valley. A vision made possible by a region of people who gave their souls to make that vision a reality. Today, the Valley as we know it- all its magnificence, all its vitality and all its prosperity- stands as a testament to what can be achieved when men and women dedicate their lives to change the course of history. This is part of the Currents of Change program. For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Title: Out of the Darkness Photos: Socratic Seminar
Digital Tool: Currents of Change Photo Gallery
Digital Tool Description: Online gallery of historic photographs from around the Tennessee Valley that help tell the story of the people and places that impacted and were impacted by the creation of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). This is part of the Currents of Change program. For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Title: Out of the Darkness GDP: Socratic Seminar
Digital Tool: Currents of Change GDP Chart
Digital Tool Description: Gross domestic product, or GDP, is the monetary value of all the goods and services produced by an economy during a specific period, including consumption, government purchases, investments, and exports minus imports. In the graph above, you can see how our GDP stalled during the Great Depression of the 1930s, then quickly increased by the end of the decade, and continued to grow at a more steady pace up to 1960. This is part of the Currents of Change program. For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Title: Out of the Darkness: Socioeconomic Changes
Digital Tool: Currents of Change Photo Gallery
Digital Tool Description: Online gallery of historic photographs from around the Tennessee Valley that help tell the story of the people and places that impacted and were impacted by the creation of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). This is part of the Currents of Change program. For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Title: Out of the Darkness: Unemployment Graphing
Digital Tool: Current of Change
Digital Tool Description: The 1929 stock market crash sent the entire U.S. into the Great Depression--a time of high unemployment, deflation and other financial troubles. And the South suffered even more, as floods, disease, poor farming conditions and lack of electricity made life even harder. But President Roosevelt's program called The New Deal helped put the country on the road to recovery. It also created The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), helping ease the extra hardships faced by the people in the South. This chart of the U.S. Unemployment Rate 1910-1960 is helpful in identifying important trends. This is part of the Currents of Change program. For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


ALEX Multimedia


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Norris Dam (Extended Version)
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The extended version of a documentary on the building of Norris Dam. In a land ravaged by flood, the people of the Tennessee Valley found their salvation in water.  In the depths of the Depression, they built a foundation for prosperity.  In the shadow of the past, they ushered in the Atomic Age.  This is the story of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), that has touched the lives of so many people- and generations to come. Told through the eyes and experience of the people themselves, Built for the People is the story of a grand vision for the Valley.  A vision made possible by a region of people who gave their souls to make that vision a reality. Today, the Valley as we know it- all its magnificence, all its vitality and all its prosperity- stands as a testament to what can be achieved when men and women dedicate their lives to change the course of history. This is part of the Currents of Change program.  For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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The Tennessee Valley Before TVA 
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This documentary explores the area of the Tennessee Valley in the years prior to the TVA. In a land ravaged by flood, the people of the Tennessee Valley found their salvation in water.  In the depths of the Depression, they built a foundation for prosperity.  In the shadow of the past, they ushered in the Atomic Age.  This is the story of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), that has touched the lives of so many people- and generations to come. Told through the eyes and experience of the people themselves, Built for the People is the story of a grand vision for the Valley.  A vision made possible by a region of people who gave their souls to make that vision a reality. Today, the Valley as we know it- all its magnificence, all its vitality and all its prosperity- stands as a testament to what can be achieved when men and women dedicate their lives to change the course of history. This is part of the Currents of Change program.  For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Norris Dam (Abbreviated) 
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The abreviated version of a documentary on the building of Norris Dam. In a land ravaged by flood, the people of the Tennessee Valley found their salvation in water.  In the depths of the Depression, they built a foundation for prosperity.  In the shadow of the past, they ushered in the Atomic Age.  This is the story of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), that has touched the lives of so many people- and generations to come. Told through the eyes and experience of the people themselves, Built for the People is the story of a grand vision for the Valley.  A vision made possible by a region of people who gave their souls to make that vision a reality. Today, the Valley as we know it- all its magnificence, all its vitality and all its prosperity- stands as a testament to what can be achieved when men and women dedicate their lives to change the course of history. This is part of the Currents of Change program.  For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Senator George Norris Reenactment
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Senator George Norris of Nebraska is known as "The Father of TVA."  He had the idea for creating TVA to help people in the Tennessee Valley. Norris worked with President Franklin Roosevelt to create the Tennessee Valley Authority in 1933.  Senator Norris often visited the Tennessee Valley and Norris Dam is named for him. David Landis, a former State Senator from Nebraska, looks a lot like Senator Norris did when TVA was created.  This video shows Landis portraying Senator Norris as he tells the story of TVA. This is part of the Currents of Change program.  For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Tellico Dam Controversy (Snail Darter)
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A brief overview of the controversy that surrounded the building of Tellico Dam by TVA after the discovery of the Snail Darter. In a land ravaged by flood, the people of the Tennessee Valley found their salvation in water.  In the depths of the Depression, they built a foundation for prosperity.  In the shadow of the past, they ushered in the Atomic Age.  This is the story of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), that has touched the lives of so many people- and generations to come. Told through the eyes and experience of the people themselves, Built for the People is the story of a grand vision for the Valley.  A vision made possible by a region of people who gave their souls to make that vision a reality. Today, the Valley as we know it- all its magnificence, all its vitality and all its prosperity- stands as a testament to what can be achieved when men and women dedicate their lives to change the course of history. This is part of the Currents of Change program.  For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Electricity's Impact: Interview with Leo Cobb- Part 1
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An interview with Tennessee Valley resident and TVA employee Leo Cobb on the coming of TVA. In a land ravaged by flood, the people of the Tennessee Valley found their salvation in water.  In the depths of the Depression, they built a foundation for prosperity.  In the shadow of the past, they ushered in the Atomic Age.  This is the story of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), that has touched the lives of so many people- and generations to come. Told through the eyes and experience of the people themselves, Built for the People is the story of a grand vision for the Valley.  A vision made possible by a region of people who gave their souls to make that vision a reality. Today, the Valley as we know it- all its magnificence, all its vitality and all its prosperity- stands as a testament to what can be achieved when men and women dedicate their lives to change the course of history. This is part of the Currents of Change program.  For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/. Go to Part 2


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Electricity's Impact: Interview with Leo Cobb - Part 2
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An interview with Tennessee Valley resident and TVA employee Leo Cobb on the coming of TVA. In a land ravaged by flood, the people of the Tennessee Valley found their salvation in water.  In the depths of the Depression, they built a foundation for prosperity.  In the shadow of the past, they ushered in the Atomic Age.  This is the story of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), that has touched the lives of so many people- and generations to come. Told through the eyes and experience of the people themselves, Built for the People is the story of a grand vision for the Valley.  A vision made possible by a region of people who gave their souls to make that vision a reality. Today, the Valley as we know it- all its magnificence, all its vitality and all its prosperity- stands as a testament to what can be achieved when men and women dedicate their lives to change the course of history. This is part of the Currents of Change program.  For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Valley Stories: Reflections from the Past, Bill Willis: Electricity's Impact
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Interview with Bill Willis, Tennessee Valley resident, on the coming of the TVA. In a land ravaged by flood, the people of the Tennessee Valley found their salvation in water.  In the depths of the Depression, they built a foundation for prosperity.  In the shadow of the past, they ushered in the Atomic Age.  This is the story of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), that has touched the lives of so many people- and generations to come. Told through the eyes and experience of the people themselves, Built for the People is the story of a grand vision for the Valley.  A vision made possible by a region of people who gave their souls to make that vision a reality. Today, the Valley as we know it- all its magnificence, all its vitality and all its prosperity- stands as a testament to what can be achieved when men and women dedicate their lives to change the course of history. This is part of the Currents of Change program.  For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Valley Stories: Reflections from the Past, Carlock Stooksbury: Life Before Electricity in t
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Interview with Carlock Stooksbury, Tennessee Valley resident, on the coming of the TVA. In a land ravaged by flood, the people of the Tennessee Valley found their salvation in water. In the depths of the Depression, they built a foundation for prosperity. In the shadow of the past, they ushered in the Atomic Age. This is the story of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), that has touched the lives of so many people- and generations to come. Told through the eyes and experience of the people themselves, Built for the People is the story of a grand vision for the Valley. A vision made possible by a region of people who gave their souls to make that vision a reality. Today, the Valley as we know it- all its magnificence, all its vitality and all its prosperity- stands as a testament to what can be achieved when men and women dedicate their lives to change the course of history. This is part of the Currents of Change program. For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Valley Stories: Reflections from the Past, David Riden: Early Fears 
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Interview with David Riden, Tennessee Valley resident, on the coming of the TVA. In a land ravaged by flood, the people of the Tennessee Valley found their salvation in water.  In the depths of the Depression, they built a foundation for prosperity.  In the shadow of the past, they ushered in the Atomic Age.  This is the story of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), that has touched the lives of so many people- and generations to come. Told through the eyes and experience of the people themselves, Built for the People is the story of a grand vision for the Valley.  A vision made possible by a region of people who gave their souls to make that vision a reality. Today, the Valley as we know it- all its magnificence, all its vitality and all its prosperity- stands as a testament to what can be achieved when men and women dedicate their lives to change the course of history. This is part of the Currents of Change program.  For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Valley Stories: Reflections from the Past, Harry Scheinert: Construction
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Interview with Harry Scheinert, Tennessee Valley resident, on the coming of the TVA. In a land ravaged by flood, the people of the Tennessee Valley found their salvation in water.  In the depths of the Depression, they built a foundation for prosperity.  In the shadow of the past, they ushered in the Atomic Age.  This is the story of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), that has touched the lives of so many people- and generations to come. Told through the eyes and experience of the people themselves, Built for the People is the story of a grand vision for the Valley.  A vision made possible by a region of people who gave their souls to make that vision a reality. Today, the Valley as we know it- all its magnificence, all its vitality and all its prosperity- stands as a testament to what can be achieved when men and women dedicate their lives to change the course of history. This is part of the Currents of Change program.  For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Valley Stories: Reflections from the Past, Harvey Welch: WWII and Fontana
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Interview with Harvey Welch, Tennessee Valley resident, on the coming of the TVA. In a land ravaged by flood, the people of the Tennessee Valley found their salvation in water.  In the depths of the Depression, they built a foundation for prosperity.  In the shadow of the past, they ushered in the Atomic Age.  This is the story of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), that has touched the lives of so many people- and generations to come. Told through the eyes and experience of the people themselves, Built for the People is the story of a grand vision for the Valley.  A vision made possible by a region of people who gave their souls to make that vision a reality. Today, the Valley as we know it- all its magnificence, all its vitality and all its prosperity- stands as a testament to what can be achieved when men and women dedicate their lives to change the course of history. This is part of the Currents of Change program.  For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Valley Stories: Reflections from the Past, John Rice Irwin: Early Years o
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Interview with John Rice Irwin, Tennessee Valley resident, on the coming of the TVA. In a land ravaged by flood, the people of the Tennessee Valley found their salvation in water.  In the depths of the Depression, they built a foundation for prosperity.  In the shadow of the past, they ushered in the Atomic Age.  This is the story of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), that has touched the lives of so many people- and generations to come. Told through the eyes and experience of the people themselves, Built for the People is the story of a grand vision for the Valley.  A vision made possible by a region of people who gave their souls to make that vision a reality. Today, the Valley as we know it- all its magnificence, all its vitality and all its prosperity- stands as a testament to what can be achieved when men and women dedicate their lives to change the course of history. This is part of the Currents of Change program.  For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Valley Stories: Reflections from the Past, Marilou Awiakta: Inspired by t
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Interview with Marilou Awiakta, Tennessee Valley resident, on the coming of the TVA. In a land ravaged by flood, the people of the Tennessee Valley found their salvation in water.  In the depths of the Depression, they built a foundation for prosperity.  In the shadow of the past, they ushered in the Atomic Age.  This is the story of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), that has touched the lives of so many people- and generations to come. Told through the eyes and experience of the people themselves, Built for the People is the story of a grand vision for the Valley.  A vision made possible by a region of people who gave their souls to make that vision a reality. Today, the Valley as we know it- all its magnificence, all its vitality and all its prosperity- stands as a testament to what can be achieved when men and women dedicate their lives to change the course of history. This is part of the Currents of Change program.  For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Valley Stories: Reflections from the Past, Paul Nichols: Electricity Brin
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Interview with Paul Nichols, Tennessee Valley resident, on the coming of the TVA. In a land ravaged by flood, the people of the Tennessee Valley found their salvation in water.  In the depths of the Depression, they built a foundation for prosperity.  In the shadow of the past, they ushered in the Atomic Age.  This is the story of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), that has touched the lives of so many people- and generations to come. Told through the eyes and experience of the people themselves, Built for the People is the story of a grand vision for the Valley.  A vision made possible by a region of people who gave their souls to make that vision a reality. Today, the Valley as we know it- all its magnificence, all its vitality and all its prosperity- stands as a testament to what can be achieved when men and women dedicate their lives to change the course of history. This is part of the Currents of Change program.  For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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The Tennessee Valley and the War Effort
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Documentary on the TVA and it's contributions during World War II. In a land ravaged by flood, the people of the Tennessee Valley found their salvation in water.  In the depths of the Depression, they built a foundation for prosperity.  In the shadow of the past, they ushered in the Atomic Age.  This is the story of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), that has touched the lives of so many people- and generations to come. Told through the eyes and experience of the people themselves, Built for the People is the story of a grand vision for the Valley.  A vision made possible by a region of people who gave their souls to make that vision a reality. Today, the Valley as we know it- all its magnificence, all its vitality and all its prosperity- stands as a testament to what can be achieved when men and women dedicate their lives to change the course of history. This is part of the Currents of Change program.  For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Fontana Dam
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Documentary on the development of TVA's Fontana Dam. In a land ravaged by flood, the people of the Tennessee Valley found their salvation in water.  In the depths of the Depression, they built a foundation for prosperity.  In the shadow of the past, they ushered in the Atomic Age.  This is the story of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), that has touched the lives of so many people- and generations to come. Told through the eyes and experience of the people themselves, Built for the People is the story of a grand vision for the Valley.  A vision made possible by a region of people who gave their souls to make that vision a reality. Today, the Valley as we know it- all its magnificence, all its vitality and all its prosperity- stands as a testament to what can be achieved when men and women dedicate their lives to change the course of history. This is part of the Currents of Change program.  For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Life in Oak Ridge
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Documentary on Life in Oak Ridge, Tennessee during the development of the atomic research center. In a land ravaged by flood, the people of the Tennessee Valley found their salvation in water.  In the depths of the Depression, they built a foundation for prosperity.  In the shadow of the past, they ushered in the Atomic Age.  This is the story of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), that has touched the lives of so many people- and generations to come. Told through the eyes and experience of the people themselves, Built for the People is the story of a grand vision for the Valley.  A vision made possible by a region of people who gave their souls to make that vision a reality. Today, the Valley as we know it- all its magnificence, all its vitality and all its prosperity- stands as a testament to what can be achieved when men and women dedicate their lives to change the course of history. This is part of the Currents of Change program.  For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Oak Ridge
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Documentary on the development of Oak Ridge as an Atomic Research Center. In a land ravaged by flood, the people of the Tennessee Valley found their salvation in water.  In the depths of the Depression, they built a foundation for prosperity.  In the shadow of the past, they ushered in the Atomic Age.  This is the story of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), that has touched the lives of so many people- and generations to come. Told through the eyes and experience of the people themselves, Built for the People is the story of a grand vision for the Valley.  A vision made possible by a region of people who gave their souls to make that vision a reality. Today, the Valley as we know it- all its magnificence, all its vitality and all its prosperity- stands as a testament to what can be achieved when men and women dedicate their lives to change the course of history. This is part of the Currents of Change program.  For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Built for the People: The Story of the TVA (Abbreviated)
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In a land ravaged by flood, the people of the Tennessee Valley found their salvation in water.  In the depths of the Depression, they built a foundation for prosperity.  In the shadow of the past, they ushered in the Atomic Age.  This is the story of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), that has touched the lives of so many people- and generations to come. Told through the eyes and experience of the people themselves, Built for the People is the story of a grand vision for the Valley.  A vision made possible by a region of people who gave their souls to make that vision a reality. Today, the Valley as we know it- all its magnificence, all its vitality and all its prosperity- stands as a testament to what can be achieved when men and women dedicate their lives to change the course of history. This is part of the Currents of Change program.  For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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The New South: A Political View
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ArchiTreats: Food for Thought celebrates the Year of Alabama History through a series of sequential lectures in Alabama history by leading experts in the field. Join us as Samuel L. Webb presents The New South: A Political View. This presentation will be held at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. Thomas Goode Jones, B.B. Comer, Charles Henderson, Thomas Kilby – we’ve all seen these names on buildings across Alabama. But who were these men and why were they important? In this program Webb will discuss major events, significant men and women, and important economic and social movements that had an important impact on Alabama politics between the end of Reconstruction and the beginning of the Great Depression. The fortunes of Alabama’s Democratic Party, the various factions that dominated its councils, and the dissenters who dared to challenge its control of the state will constitute a major portion of the discussion. Webb was born and grew up in York, Alabama, graduated from Sumter County High School, earned a bachelor’s degree from Livingston University, a law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law, a master’s in history from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, and a Ph. D. in history from the University of Arkansas. He was an assistant state attorney general, deputy district attorney in Jefferson County, an attorney in private practice for three years, and spent four years lobbying the legislature for the University of South Alabama. For the last twenty-one years Webb has taught history at UAB. He is the author of Two-Party Politics in the One-Party South: Alabama’s Hill Country 1874-1920, co-editor of Alabama Governors: A Political History of the State, and has published articles in numerous journals on Alabama’s political history. This ArchiTreats presentation is made possible by the Friends of the Alabama Archives and a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The public is invited to bring a sack lunch and enjoy a bit of Alabama history. Coffee and tea will be provided by the Friends of the Alabama Archives. For more information, call (334) 353-4712.


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Subject: Social Studies
Title: "Migrant Mother" by Dorothea Lange     
Description: During the Great Depression, government photographer Dorothea Lange took this picture at a migrant farmworkers' camp near Nipomo, California. Lange's brief caption recorded her impressions of the family's plight: "Destitute pea pickers ... a 32-year-old mother of seven children." First published in a San Francisco newspaper, this poignant image became one of the most famous photographs of the Depression era, emblematic of the hardships suffered by poor migrant families. The "migrant mother," anonymous for many years, was later identified as Oklahoma native Florence Thompson.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Silk Satin Dress     
Description: Virginia Lee Mead wore this salmon-pink silk satin dress when she was a young woman living in New York City's Chinatown, where her father, Lee B. Lok, a first-generation immigrant, ran a general store. The full-length dress is a traditional style that younger second-generation Chinese women wore to formal celebrations during the 1930s. "When I was a child, I really didn't know I was American," recalls Lee. "I had no idea. I mean, we lived in a Chinese community and everybody was Chinese, so we [were] Chinese."
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: 1970s-2000 Global Economy Classroom Activity Guide     
Description: In these classroom activities, developed for the exhibition America on the Move , students will use visual, analytical, and interpretive skills to examine primary sources including a historical map and answer questions about them to learn more about global consumption, production, and transportation and the impact of globalization in their own communities. The activities provide opportunities for historical analysis, interpretation, evaluation, analyzing cause/effect relationships, understanding multiple points of view, performing original research, debating and persuasive writing will help students develop and strengthen map-reading skills and identify issues and problems in the past and connect the past to the present.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: 1930s and 1940s Highways Classroom Activity Guide     
Description: In these classroom activities, developed for the exhibition America on the Move , students will use visual, analytical, and interpretive skills to examine primary sources including a historical map and photography by Dorothea Lange and answer questions about them to learn more about road travel and the role highways played in 1930s. Students will also conduct research and answer questions about the impact of the Great Depression, WPA and CCC on their own communities. The activities provide opportunities for historical analysis, interpretation, evaluation, analyzing cause/effect relationships, understanding multiple points of view, performing original research, debating and persuasive writing and helps students develop and strengthen map-reading skills. Students also will employ research skills to obtain historical data, analyze and make decisions, identify issues and problems in the past and connect the past to the present.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts,Health,Social Studies
Title: New Deal Network     
Description: This EDSITEment-reviewed Blue Ribbon site contains documentary resources for the study of FDR and his Depression-era programs. Its mission is to inform new generations of the ideals and achievements of two important figures of the 20th century, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. It is a research and teaching resource devoted particularly to the New Deal public works and arts projects.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: The Story Behind the Song: Brother Can You Spare a Dime?     
Description: When Americans were humbled by the Great Depression, this song gave voice to their fears and feelings of loss.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: History Now     
Description: This EDSITEment-reviewed Web site, from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, is a quarterly online journal for teachers and students. The site features lesson plans, reflections from leading historians, multimedia interactive resources such as audio clips and slideshows and an '' Ask the Archivist'' section where teachers and students can send questions and see the answers posted on the site. Users can find information on Abraham Lincoln, national holidays, elections, voting rights, immigration, the American West, slavery, abolitionism and the Civil Rights Movement.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: The Story Behind the Song: God Bless America     
Description: In 1938, composer Irving Berlin dusted off an old piece of music to create a new national hit.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: NBC "Fireside Chat'' Microphone     
Description: On March 12, 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered the first of about thirty informal "Fireside Chat'' addresses over the radio. His ability to communicate over this new medium directly and personally, addressing each listener as a respected friend, gave FDR a powerful tool to shape public opinion.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Preparing for the Oath: The 1900s     
Description: Use short videos, mini-activities, and practice questions to explore American history from the 1900s in this segment of Preparing for the Oath: U.S. History and Civics for Citizenship. The nine questions included in this segment cover topics such as World War II, the Civil Rights Movement, and September 11, 2001.This site was designed with the needs of recent immigrants in mind. It is written at a low-intermediate ESL level.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: History Now     
Description: This EDSITEment-reviewed Web site, from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, is a quarterly online journal for teachers and students. The site features lesson plans, reflections from leading historians, multimedia interactive resources such as audio clips and slideshows and an '' Ask the Archivist'' section where teachers and students can send questions and see the answers posted on the site. Users can find information on Abraham Lincoln, national holidays, elections, voting rights, immigration, the American West, slavery, abolitionism and the Civil Rights Movement.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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