For Asia Pacific Month, we've substantially revised our regular feature to focus on the first Japanese immigrant to the United States in 1843, a young fisherman named Manjiro who was to become influential in ending Japan's centuries of isolation. Though Manjiro is celebrated by children in contemporary Japan, fame has eluded him on this side of the Pacific. There's an interactive map of Manjiro's voyages around the Pacific. Read about this fascinating story here
For Jewish American Heritage Month, we've included an important letter by George Washington to the Hebrew Congregation at Newport, Rhode Island in 1790. In this letter, Washington eloquently captures the principles of civil and religious liberty that drew millions of immigrants of all faiths to America. Follow the story of Jewish American cultural achievements in this piece.
For Memorial Day, new video enhancements to our lesson on the Shaw Memorial:The Massachusetts 54th Regiment: Honoring the Heroes and an essay by prize-winning architect Allen Greenberg's on social history and artistic significance of the monument.
A new lesson on Building Suburbia: Highways and Housing in Postwar America highlights the changing relationship between the city center and the suburbs. Students examine the legislation leading up to the Federal Highway Act of 1956 and documents about the history of Levittown. Richard Diebenkorn's abstract composition, Cityscape, from Picturing America is used to illustrate the transformation of postwar America by automobiles and highways as well as in housing.