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Overcoming The Great Depression
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This podcast/vodcast is a beautiful gathering of research and interviews regarding what life was like during the Great Depression. 


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Shaking the Foundations: Alabama in the 1930's and 1940's
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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 Leah Rawls Atkins presents Shaking the Foundations: Alabama in the 1930s and 1940s. This presentation was held at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. The Great Depression and World War II were watershed years for the state of Alabama. From the poverty and despair of the most severe economic depression in American history, the state began to emerge from the hard times to prosper from the billion-dollar economic development that poured into Alabama to finance defense and, later, war industries and military bases. Alabama took a leadership role in preparing the nation for war and training and supplying troops. From air bases, such as Maxwell Field, to forts such as Fort McClellan, to military camps, such as Camp Rucker; to the steel mills of Birmingham and the Port of Mobile ship-building operations; to the men and women who volunteered; from the aluminum plants to the explosives plants, Alabama was a vital cog in the nation’s defense. The driving forces in these years shook the foundations of politics and society, forcing Alabama to face challenges in a new world. Dr. Leah Rawls Atkins retired in 1995 after a decade with Auburn University’s Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities, where she directed four major NEH-funded librarybased public programs: “The Civil War: Crossroads of Our Being,” “World War II: Home Front/ War Fronts,” “Reading Our Lives: Southern Autobiography,” and “Read Alabama!” She taught history at Auburn and at Samford University. She was the secretary of the Alabama Historical Association (AHA) and has served as president of both the AHA and the Association of Alabama Historians. She was on the founding board of the Friends of the Archives, and she presently serves on the board of the Archives and History Foundation and the Cahaba Foundation, which is devoted to preserving the site of Alabama’s first capital. She has authored and a co-authored many works including Alabama: The History of a Deep South State and a fourth-grade Alabama history textbook. Her centennial history of the Alabama Power Company won AHA’s Sulzby Award in 2006. 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: History Explorer: The Jazz Oral History Project     
Description: In this episode of the History Explorer podcast series, Ken Kimery, executive director of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, discusses the importance of the Jazz Oral History Project. Ken explains the history of the program and its importance, as well as gives some tips about how to conduct your own oral history projects.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: History Explorer Podcast: Henry Fitz's Telescope Shop     
Description: In this episdoe of the History Explorer podcast series, curator Steven Turner discusses the work and shop of Henry Fitz, America's first commercially successful telescope manufacturer. The resource includes an image-enhanced podcast, teachers guide, student worksheet, and image pack.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts, Social Studies
Title: Getting an Education     
Description: This video segment, adapted from NOVA , chronicles the education of leading chemist Percy Julian. Although Julian began his elementary school years in the DeepSouth under Jim Crow laws, he became one of the few African Americans of his time to earn a Ph.D.
Thinkfinity Partner: Teachers's Domain
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Podcast: Ashok Gadgil's thirst to save lives (Part 1)     
Description: In this podcast from the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention & Innovation at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, students learn how Ashok Gadgil's invention can save thousands of lives by purifying water quickly and cheaply.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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