America in COLOR Viewing Guide the 1960s Smithsonian


Social Studies – History, U.S. History
Grade Levels
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Resource Type
Activities, Handouts, Movie Guides
File Type
Zip (1 MB|4 pages)


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This viewing guide provides a great overview to the America in COLOR series from the Smithsonian Channel. I love these videos because they utilize primary sources to tell the story of U.S. History. This episode focuses on the 1960s. You can view more in the preview here.

Topics include:

The Kennedy-Nixon Debate | The Cuban Missile Crisis | The Freedom Rides | George Wallace | Letter from a Birmingham Jail | The Civil Rights Act | Kennedy’s Assassination | MLK’s Assassination | The Beatles | The Counterculture | Woodstock | The Moon Landing | Operation Rolling Thunder | Muhammad Ali | The Election of 1968 | Lyndon Johnson | John F. Kennedy | The Watts Riots

All the episodes in this series have primary source videos that have been curated and colorized. They provide a fantastic overview for each decade, and can be used as an introduction or a review for a unit. Each episode runs just over 40 minutes, and they are also perfect for subs in a pinch. You can check out the video series on Amazon.

I’ve added these to my middle and high school sections because they work really well for both! I’ve utilized this video as a review for my APUSH classes on several occasions.

Included in this resource:

  • A PowerPoint Version (editable)
  • A PDF Version (not editable)
  • A Google Slides Version (provided on the front page by a link to make your own copy for editing)

* Younger students might need more of the resources filled in for them ahead of time. Therefore, you can edit the resource to meet the needs of your students.

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