“Our children should learn the general framework of their government and then they should know where they come in contact with the government, where it touches their daily lives and where their influence is exerted on the government. It must not be a distant thing, someone else’s business, but they must see how every cog in the wheel of a democracy is important and bears its share of responsibility for the smooth running of the entire machine.” Eleanor Roosevelt
“Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.” Thomas Jefferson
Education and democracy have the same goal: the fullest possible development of human capabilities. Senator Paul Wellstone
The Mahoning County Democratic Party believes that education and information are the foundation of a vibrant democracy. In order to help students and teachers study our nation, our government, and our political system we have established this on-line classroom that provides links to sites that provide a wealth of historical information, unique insight, and in-depth analysis of people and events.
We will update the Classroom’s resources on a regular basis and we invite teachers, students, and parents to offer suggestions on how we can make it an even more powerful educational tool.
The Library of Congress is one of the world’s largest depositories of information about the government and history of the United States. It’s extensive, easily searchable website provides access to millions of print, photographic, video and audio materials. The site also features a teacher resource page offering lesson plans and discussion guides.
American Experience is television’s most-watched history series and has been hailed as “peerless” (Wall Street Journal), “the most consistently enriching program on television” (Chicago Tribune), and “a beacon of intelligence and purpose” (Houston Chronicle). American Experience Online enables viewers to watch films online and encourages in-depth exploration of each film beyond the television screen.
The Mahoning County Democratic Party is pleased to provide links to the American Experience series The Presidents as well as the film The Kennedys. These programs provide a wealth of information and resources for students and teachers who are studying politics, history, or government. We’ve also linked to the films in the series that focus on Democratic president Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson, and Jimmy Carter and the teacher resource page.
In addition to The Presidents offered by American Experience, PBS’ acclaimed documentary series Frontline is currently featuring Dreams of Obama which examines the rich personal and political biography of America’s 44th president, offering insight into the key moments and experiences that have shaped him and his political vision.
America’s presidential libraries preserve and make available the papers, records, collections, and other historic materials of the nation’s presidents. We’ve linked to the libraries established for Democratic presidents Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton.
The history of America and its people reside in the National Archives. From the Declaration of Independence to the Nixon Watergate tapes, if it happened in the U.S. it is chronicled here. Aside from its fascinating collection, the Archives also features an extensive teacher and student resource center.
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C-SPAN provides thorough coverage of the White House, Congress, the Supreme Court and national politics.