This section will provide a compilation of primary resources for students and educators to be used for lesson plans and research projects alike.
Examples of classroom activities on topics such as the civil rights movement, Watergate, and the Gulf War are rooted in the use of original documents, photographs, and audio and video materials that involve students in the process of historical inquiry. Through document analysis, students engage in the work of historians—they ask questions, discover evidence, and participate in debates over interpretation. They also empathize with figures of the past and understand history from varying perspectives. Working with documents from this website, students can achieve a more in-depth understanding of major historical events from the second half of the twentieth century and the history of television news through the lens of Dan Rather's career.