Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Website Spotlight: Harry S. Truman



Introductory Note:

Welcome to one in a series of posts which spotlight quality websites that I use with my U.S. History survey course students at Azusa Pacific University to enrich the regular material in our learning modules.

Among the many worthwhile aspects of the Miller Center (University of Virginia) site, I ask the students to concentrate on the following four essays:

Life Before the Presidency
http://millercenter.org/president/truman/essays/biography/2
Campaigns and Elections
http://millercenter.org/president/truman/essays/biography/3
Domestic Affairs
http://millercenter.org/president/truman/essays/biography/4
Foreign Affairs
http://millercenter.org/president/truman/essays/biography/5

~~For a review of the Miller Center website:

TeachingHistory.org (National History Education Clearinghouse)
http://teachinghistory.org/history-content/website-reviews/14722

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For additional quality material about President Truman:

1. American Presidents (American Experience)

Truman
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/truman/

These are the specific links from the website that I ask my students to work through:

Early Career
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/general-article/truman-early/

Entries from his diary
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/primary-resources/truman-diary/

Truman Doctrine speech to Congress
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/primary-resources/truman-trudoct/

Declaration of Israel's Independence
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/primary-resources/truman-israel/

~~For reviews of the American Presidents website:

History Matters (The U.S. Survey Course on the Web)
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/4106/
TeachingHistory.org (National History Education Clearinghouse)
http://teachinghistory.org/history-content/website-reviews/14714

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2. Presidential Timeline of the Twentieth Century
http://www.presidentialtimeline.org/

~~For a helpful review of this website--with clear guidelines on how best to navigate the site:
TeachingHistory.org (National History Education Clearinghouse)
http://teachinghistory.org/history-content/website-reviews/24401

a. Timeline Harry S. Truman
http://www.presidentialtimeline.org/html/timeline.php?id=33

b. Exhibits Harry S. Truman
http://www.presidentialtimeline.org/timeline/bin/

The Decision to Drop the Atomic Bombs, July - August 1945
The Berlin Airlift, June 1948 - May 1949
Desegregation of the Armed Forces, July 1948 - October 1954

c. Gallery Harry S. Truman
http://www.presidentialtimeline.org/html/gallery.php?id=33

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Concluding Note:

I hope you will use this blog post in conjunction with both the modules on my Learning Professor wiki and the numerous other posts in my Website Spotlight series.

1. The website spotlighted in this post fits within the following U.S. History survey course module on the wiki:
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/Cold+War

2. Other blog posts in my Website Spotlight series--chronologically displayed by U.S. History survey course module-- can be found on this wiki page:
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/WEBSITE+SPOTLIGHT

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