Teaching Resources

The Fifties

Over the past fifteen years, the Gilder Lehrman Institute has worked closely with master educators across the country. Many of them have developed unique lesson plans and activities related to this historical era. These resources are included here along with pedagogical videos and other general teaching tools that can be adapted for a variety of time periods and themes in American history.

Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Domestic Leadership

Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Mass Production, Suburbia & Conformity in the 1950s

Curriculum Subjects: Economics Grade Levels: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Success and the American Dream during the 1950s

Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

The Role of Women in the 1950s

Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Teaching Resources from Other Sub-Eras

America’s First Ladies on Twentieth-Century Issues

Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels: 8

Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Farewell Address

Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics Grade Levels: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+