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The purpose of this lesson is to have students understand the reasons for Spanish settlement of the El Paso valley in Texas, events that transpired there, and what life was like for Indians and Spanish settlers. Students will work in cooperative groups to view examples of rock art, research the culture that produced it, and write a short, guided essay describing the rock art’s origins.
The Texas Historical Commission has launched a web documentary film about the Massacre at Goliad. 360* camera technology was used to be attractive and immersive for Texas history students. It can be viewed on laptop, cell phone, tablet, VR headsets or on the THC website. A Chrome browser provides the best experience. All of the sites for the Massacre were shot on location and the artifacts shown were gathered from...
Through the analysis of primary-source archival footage from TAMI’s interactive web exhibit, “Weathering Texas,” students will demonstrate an understanding of extreme weather events in Texas during the 20th and 21st centuries. Teachers will take students in grades 3 - 8 on a “guided tour” of “Weathering Texas,” where students will explore the historical context of certain events and the conditions that made them...
This collection of audio/visual materials contains micro-documentaries on a variety of WWI subjects. Created under the Student Filmmaker's Project at St. Mary's University, most of these are about 5 minutes in length.
This lesson was part of a collaboration between the Library of Congress and National History Day. This version appeared in the 2015 NHD theme book and is supplemented with additional Texas newspaper resources. Chronicling America makes digital copies of newspapers from around the country dated between 1836 and 1922 available online. Available through the Library of Congress with support from the National Endowment...
Admiral Chester Nimitz was assigned as commander-in-chief of the Pacific Fleet following the Pearl Harbor attack. Joe Cavanaugh and James D. Hornfischer elaborate on the life of Admiral Nimitz that prepared him for the role, including his childhood in Fredericksburg, Texas.
As America entered WWII, it was apparent that U.S. naval aviation technology ranked behind Japanese technology. Joe Cavanaugh and James D. Hornfischer discuss the changes to U.S. military technology and mindset during the 1940s
Joe Cavanaugh and James D. Hornfischer describe the period of American globalization and expansion of commerce that preceded the attack on Pearl Harbor, and detail the reasons for engaging in war with Japan.
Part one of the Texas Talk, The 75th Commemoration of Pearl Harbor and the Texas Connection with James D. Hornfischer. Joe Cavanaugh and James D. Hornfischer respond to the question of how Pearl Harbor resonates with audiences 75 years later.
The 75th Commemoration of Pearl Harbor and the Texas Connection with James D. Hornfischer. Bestselling author James D. Hornfischer and Joe Cavanaugh from the National Museum of the Pacific War discuss the history surrounding the attack on Pearl Harbor and its connection to Texas. Admiral Chester Nimitz was named the commander-in-chief of the Pacific Fleet weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and led America's...
TAMI is happy to release its newest lesson plan, Texas in Transition: Social, Political, and Economic Issues in 1920s Texas. Completely free and full of primary source materials, Texas in Transition uses a project-based learning approach to improve retention of new content and develop students’ personal ties to the past. Accompanying worksheets and an annotated list of resources for additional research are also...
After the Civil War, Confederate veterans turned to the state government to provide pensions for their services. Dr. Randolph "Mike" Campbell explains the Confederate pension system in Texas. Video courtesy of Texas Talks and the Texas State Historical Association.
Dr. Randolph "Mike" Campbell traces the process that Dora Shaw went through while applying for a pension as a widow of an African American Confederate veteran. Video courtesy of Texas Talks and the Texas State Historical Association.
After the Civil War, Confederate veterans turned to the state government to provide pensions for their services. Dr. Randolph "Mike" Campbell explains the Confederate pension system in Texas. Video courtesy of Texas Talks and the Texas State Historical Association.
Dr. Randolph "Mike" Campbell uses primary research to tell the story of Guy Shaw, an African American who lived in Harrison County and received a Confederate veterans' pension. Video courtesy of Texas Talks and the Texas State Historical Association.
Join TSHA Chief Historian Randolph “Mike” Campbell as he reveals an untold story he uncovered while researching for his book, A Southern Community in Crisis: Harrison County, Texas 1850-1880. “Texas Confederate Veteran Pensions: The Curious Cases of Guy and Dora Shaw of Harrison County,” focuses on the complex race relations in East Texas following the Civil War. Dr. Campbell uses primary archival sources to tell...
Following the Civil War, race relations in east Texas were complicated. Dr. Randolph "Mike" Campbell offers insight into how these relationships are viewed. Video courtesy of Texas Talks and the Texas State Historical Association.
Dr. Emilio Zamora and Dr. Andrés Tijerina discuss the Spanish origin of Tejanos in the formation of Texas, and their part in the independence of Mexico from the rule of Spain. Video courtesy of Texas Talks and the Texas State Historical Association.
Dr. Emilio Zamora and Dr. Andrés Tijerina describe the life of Emma Tenayuca, one of the leading labor organizers in the country. She played prominent roles in both the creation of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union and the 1938 Pecan-Sheller's Strike. Video courtesy of Texas Talks and the Texas State Historical Association.
Dr. Emilio Zamora and Dr. Andrés Tijerina share the history of the Compañías Volantes, a civilian cavalry unit that patroled the frontier of Texas during the Spanish era. Video courtesy of Texas Talks and the Texas State Historical Association.
Dr. Emilio Zamora and Dr. Andrés Tijerina illustrate the contributions of José de La Luz Sáenz, a Mexican American soldier during WWI, who wrote a diary of his experiences. He was also a founding member of the LULAC organization and a civil rights activist. Video courtesy of Texas Talks and the Texas State Historical Association.
The Tejano Monument commemorates Tejano contributions to the state of Texas. Dr. Emilio Zamora and Dr. Andrés Tijerina chronicle the creation of the monument and describe its features. Video courtesy of Texas Talks and the Texas State Historical Association.
Dr. Emilio Zamora and Dr. Andrés Tijerina discuss the background of the Handbook of Tejano History project and their work with the Texas State Historical Association. Video courtesy of Texas Talks and the Texas State Historical Association.
Site Manager, Cody Mobley, explores the history of the Post Headquarters and the Sergeant Major’s Office at Fort McKavett State Historic Site. Cody explains how the building developed and changed over time, as well as, the various business conducted in the rooms of the building. Video courtesy of Texas Talks and the Texas State Historical Association.
Several officer quarters are still standing at For McKavett State Historic Site. Cody Mobley, Site Manager, shares the history of the Officer’s Quarters, which were first constructed in 1852 and finished by 1856. He also explains that the Commanding Officer's Quarters served as a hotel, a boarding house, and a private residence. Video courtesy of Texas Talks and the Texas State Historical Association.
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