This resource is designed for a high school World History class. The 180-slide PowerPoint offers a different primary source to discuss for 5-10 minutes each day of the school year. Before revealing the answers, background or origin of the primary source, students are asked, "What is this? Can you tell the location, the date, the significance, or anything else about this source?"
Many of the primary sources are photographs that require discussion. Some are political cartoons or posters from various countries in various wars. Others are quotations that can be discussed before revealing the origin. Some are even historical Disney cartoons created as propaganda. Enjoy!
The 180 primary sources break down into these 10 categories:
Influences on the Western World – 23 days of primary sources from the Greeks, Romans, Middles Ages, Reformation, Renaissance and more
Enlightenment Revolutions – 9 days of primary sources on the Enlightenment, and the American, French and Latin American Revolutions
Industrial Revolution – 11 days of primary sources from various social movements and from the Industrial Revolution in England and beyond
Colonialism – 10 days of primary sources on European colonization, Gandhi, Open Door policy, Monroe Doctrine and other issues with imperial expansion
World War One – 20 days of primary sources from quotations, statistics and accounts, to political cartoons and propaganda posters from various nations
Interwar Years – 19 days of primary sources including images and excerpts from Lenin, Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini and posters of the 1920s and 1930s
World War Two – 33 days of primary sources from posters, leaders, cartoons and more; relating to both the European and Pacific theaters of the conflict
Cold War (1945-1950s) – 17 days of primary sources related to the Berlin Blockade, Cuban Revolution, Korean War, China, the Iron Curtain and more
Cold War (1960s-1970s) – 21 days of primary sources on the Cuban Missile Crisis, Berlin Wall, Vietnam War, Ping Pong Diplomacy and other issues
Modern World (80s, 90s & beyond) – 17 days of primary sources on the end of the Cold War, Olympic boycotts, Glasnost, Rwanda and other modern issues