Web Project 3 – Toward the 21st Century

Launch of Friendship 7
with John Glenn aboard
1969 Poster for the
Woodstock Festival
1982 Vietnam Memorial,
Washington, D. C.

America’s Continuing Story . . . .

For your third web project you will be asked to become the historian and tell one of America’s stories from the late twentieth century in our visual web format.

Your task will be to take one of the suggested topics and to craft, within our limited parameters, a narrative that explains your topic and informs your viewer. You will have to do the work of any teacher or historian, deciding what to include, what to exclude, and how to tell the story. You should see yourselves as contributors to the national narrative.

For your project consider the following:

  • A brief overview of your topic.
  • Include primary source material in your presentation. The historian’s first job is to examine the evidence.
  • A timeline in any format you choose, with at least 5 entries. No cut & paste here.
  • Biographical sketches, if your project suggests these.
  • An interpretation of how your topic fits into or affects the larger concerns of twentieth century America. Try here to make your own leap, from evidence to interpretation, and not to depend entirely on someone else’s view.
  • Think about this assignment as a logical extension of your first project which included description, historical context, and interpretation.

You are free here to organize your material in any way you choose.

Think about how the story will logically flow, both textually and visually.

Always keep in mind your audience, that is, someone intelligent and curious, who is not already familiar with the material, and who appreciates a clear, direct, and interesting presentation.

The Beatles (L-R, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, John Lennon), in 1964, performing on The Ed Sullivan Show during their first United States tour, promoting their first U.S. hit song, "I Want To Hold Your Hand." and ushering in the "British Invasion" of American popular music.


  • Original title
  • Brief overview of topic
  • Include primary source material
  • At least 3 sources, excluding your images
  • A timeline in any format with at least 5 entries
  • Interpretation
  • Approximately 500 - 600 words of text
  • In-text parenthetical citations for all material either quoted directly or paraphrased
  • Acknowledgement of all your sources, both text and image, in MLA format


  • Page name that reflects the project
  • Links from your menu page to the project, and from your project back to the menu page
  • At least 2 pages with navigation between pages
  • At least 3 images
  • At least 1 thumbnail of an image
  • Alt tags for your images
  • Link to at least one external website, opening in a new window, giving your viewer more information


Project due: April 27 - Last Class Day



  • First Ladies since World War II

World War II:

  • The Treatment of Japanese Americans during World War II
    The Decision to Drop the Atomic Bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

The Cold War and the 1950s:

  • Julius and Ethel Rosenberg
  • Alfred Kinsey and the Kinsey Reports
  • Levittown and the Rise of the American Suburb
  • Jack Kerouac
  • Ray Kroc and McDonalds

Anxieties of the 1950s:

  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Why Johnny Can’t Read, a 1955 critique of education in America
  • The Enemy Within – Joseph McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee
  • The Red Scare in Hollywood - The Hollywood Blacklist
  • Radioactive Milk

The 1960s:

  • The Making of a President, 1960
    • The Election of John F. Kennedy
    • The Cuban Missile Crisis
    • Lee Harvey Oswald and the Kennedy Assassination
    • The Warren Commission Report
  • The Space Race
    • Chuck Yeager
    • U. S. Reaction to Sputnik
    • The Mercury Seven Astronauts – Who had the “right stuff”?
    • Freedom 7, Liberty Bell 7, & Friendship 7 – from suborbital to orbital flight
  • Year of Upheaval: 1968
    • The 1968 Democratic Convention
  • Woodstock and Altamont
  • Timothy Leary
  • Haight-Ashbury and “The Summer of Love” in San Francisco
  • Betty Friedan and The Feminine Mystique


  • Oral History: Interview a Vietnam Veteran
  • The My Lai Massacre
  • The Vietnam War in Film
  • The Tet Offensive
  • Maya Ying Lin and The Vietnam Memorial

Civil Rights:

  • Ending Jim Crow: Desegregation before Brown v. Board of Education - Desegregating the Armed Forces
  • The Montgomery Bus Boycott
  • Integrating Central High (Little Rock, Arkansas)
  • The United Farm Workers and the Grape Boycott
  • Long Hot Summers: Race Riots during the 1960s
  • The March from Selma to Montgomery
  • By Any Means Necessary – Malcolm X
  • The Birmingham Church Bombing

Since 1970:

  • Patricia Hearst and the Symbionese Liberation Army
  • Nixon in China
  • Watergate
  • The Munich Olympics
  • The Iran Hostage Crisis
  • Oklahoma City Bombing
  • Steve Jobs and the Apple Computer


  • Television and the Family
    • Changing Portrayals of the Family, 1950s to the Present (Kristin Howard)
    • Changing Portrayals of Mothers, 1950s to the Present (Elizabeth Sanderson)
    • Changing Portrayals of Fathers, 1950s to the Present
  • Ted Turner, CNN, and the growth of cable television


Launch of Friendship 7. 1962. Online image. Boeing: The History Beneath Our Wings. 24 March 2005. <http://www.boeing.com/history/mdc/graphics/hist170b.htm>

The Beatles in 1964, performing on The Ed Sullivan Show during their first United States tour, promoting their first U.S. hit song, "I Want To Hold Your Hand." Online image. Wikipedia. 24 March 2005. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Beatlessullivansinging.jpg>

Vietnam Memorial. Online image. 24 March 2005.

Woodstock poster. Online image. The Eyes of the Nation. Library of Congress. 24 March 2005. <http://www.loc.gov/loc/lcib/9711/eyes.html>

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