This page lists resources from Florida Memory that support the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards' American History strand. Resource types include exhibits, photo exhibits, collections, and individual documents. Benchmarks are arranged by grade level.
Describe the contributions of significant individuals to Florida.
Examples are John Gorrie, Henry Flagler, Henry Plant, Lue Gim Gong, Vincente Martinez Ybor, Julia Tuttle, Mary McLeod Bethune, Thomas Alva Edison, James Weldon Johnson, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.
Mary McLeod Bethune, Educator (Educational Unit)
Mary McLeod Bethune founded the Daytona Normal and Industrial School for Negro Girls, which is now Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona, Florida. Includes photographs and the transcript of an interview for an unfinished biography.
Describe effects of the Spanish-American War on Florida.
Examples are Rough Riders, cigar industry.
Spanish-American War (Educational Unit)
In 1898 national attention focused on Florida as the Spanish-American War began. The port city of Tampa served as the primary staging area for U.S. troops bound for the war in Cuba. The arrival of over 30,000 troops, including Lieutenant Colonel Theodore Roosevelt and his Rough Riders cavalry unit, changed Tampa from a small town to into a city.
The Cigar Industry Changes Florida (Educational Unit)
In the decades after the Civil War, cigar making became one of the most important industries in the southeastern United States.
Florida Cigars: Artistry, Labor, and Politics in Florida’s Oldest Industry (Photo Exhibit)
After the beginning of hostilities between Cuban nationalists and the Spanish colonial government, hundreds of thousands of Cubans left the island. The largest portion of those were from the prosperous class of skilled laborers in the cigar industry, many of whom went directly to Florida.
Summarize challenges Floridians faced during the Great Depression.
"Conch Town: A Photographic Exhibit from the Florida Art Project, WPA" (Photo Exhibit)
Charles Foster, a WPA artist and photographer, created a traveling photographic exhibit photo on the Conchs (Bahamian immigrants) of Riviera Beach, Florida. The WPA's Florida Art Project, also called "Conch Town," was displayed across the state and the nation between 1939 and 1943.
Migrant Workers During the Great Depression in Florida (Photo Exhibit)
These images were created by the New Deal program, the Farm Security Administration (originally the Resettlement Administration) in order to document the hardships of farm workers during the Great Depression.
Identify Florida’s role in the Civil Rights Movement.
Examples are Tallahassee Bus Boycotts and civil disobedience.
The Civil Rights Movement in Florida (Educational Unit)
This educational unit documents civil rights protests to integrate buses, stores, theaters, and beaches.
Describe the effect of the United States space program on Florida's economy and growth.
NASA and the Space Program Change Florida (Educational Unit)
The Space Age changed Florida forever, drawing thousands of new workers to the state and transforming Cape Canaveral into a hub of aeronautics, electronics design, and manufacturing.
NASA Turns 50: Florida's Half Century on the Space Age Frontier (Photo Exhibit)
Although Florida, the state of sunshine and beaches, swamps and alligators, was already home to Cold War-era missile sites, the dawn of the space age would bring dramatic changes to the state's economy, landscape, and culture.
Florida: Moonport USA (Video)
This film starts with a wonderful Mercury launch sequence. It shows a thriving aerospace industry in its prime. Produced by Leroy Crooks; sponsored by FDC.