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ERIC Number: ED463205
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Sow the Seeds of Victory! Posters from the Food Administration during World War I. The Constitution Community: The Emergence of Modern America (1890-1930).
Simmons, Linda
From the outbreak of World War I in Europe until the signing of the Versailles Treaty, President Woodrow Wilson's administration proposed and implemented an extraordinary number of programs that affected people in their everyday activities. In August 1917 Congress passed the Food and Fuel Control Act, also known as the Lever Act, which gave the president power to regulate the distribution, export, import, purchase, and storage of food--a power Wilson passed on to Herbert Hoover, the administrator of the Food Administration. This lesson relates to Article II, Section 2.1 of the United States Constitution, which establishes the president as commander-in-chief, and Section 2.2, which gives him the power to appoint government officers. Primary sources for the lesson are four World War I posters that illustrate the importance of food for winning the war. The lesson correlates to the National History Standards and to the National Standards for Civics and Government. It offers the historical background for the home front actions in World War I (with three resources). It suggests teaching activities for classroom implementation, including a group activity, document analysis, database research, designing a poster, a student research project, and writing an essay. Appended are a poster analysis worksheet and the World War I posters. (BT)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: United States Constitution