Education News for April 2021
Tire Rationing
This primary source is a cartoon featured in the July 3, 1942 issue of the Vultee Volunteer reminding employees to make the tires last during rationing by using their cars as little as possible. The drawing depicts a woman driving a car supported by her husband, a cat, and a dog instead of tires. The license plate says "1944," and the husband's comment is, "You know, dear…sometimes I wish we'd gone easy on our tires back in 1942."

Historical Note:  The Vultee Volunteer was a weekly newsletter published by the Nashville Division of Vultee Aircraft, Inc. for the plant employees. The newsletters contained cartoons, articles about the plant and the company, and people of interest. Each issue also commended employees for their efforts to suggest cost-saving changes in production. Vultee Aircraft often encouraged employees to carpool together to conserve rationed items like tires.

This source meets the 5.20 and US.55 Tennessee social studies standards.

Questions for Discussion:

1) What was the goal of World War II-era rationing?

2) Give a detailed explanation of ration books.

3) Describe in general how the government rationed various items and give one serious side effect of rationing.

4) List items that might be rationed or restricted in the event of a modern-day war or emergency.

For more primary sources on World War II-era rationing, be sure to visit our website.
Tennessee State Library and Archives
The Tennessee State Library and Archives has a new home! The new address is 1001 Rep. John Lewis Way North.  This new facility opened on April 13 and is located directly beside the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. The new building provides more archival storage space, conservation tools, a grand reading room, classrooms, meeting spaces, a new blast freezer to try to save materials damaged by water or insects, as well as a conservation lab to restore books, photographs, and documents.  Other issues that drove the need to replace the former 1950s-era library and archives include more space for state collections, improved accessibility, improved climate controls, and increased parking spaces.  

The Library and Archives reopened to the public with limited capacity on April 13, 2021. Email to make a research appointment.

Click here to watch the live stream of the Library and Archives' Grand Opening event on April 12, 2021.

Click here to see video and photos of new building along with Library and Archives facts and figures.

1834 Tennessee State Constitution Digital Breakout - 8th grade

On May 19, 1834, the Tennessee State Assembly met in Nashville to update the 1796 State Constitution. State constitutions establish the basis for state laws. Tennessee delegates in 1834 wanted to address the weaknesses of the original state constitution.

In this digital breakout, travel back to 1834 to discover more about the 1834 Constitutional Convention and the final product, the 1834 Tennessee State Constitution. Use your knowledge of the Tennessee State Constitution and clues given to breakout!

For more digital breakouts, visit our website
Peterson’s Test and Career Prep is one of the many resources available through the Tennessee Electronic Library. Use this resource for full-length, timed practice exams that simulate the actual testing experience for Advanced Placement (AP), SAT, ACT, PSAT, and many more tests. 

The Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. History Practice Tests
The AP U.S. History exam measures your knowledge of American cultural, economic, political, and social developments from 1492 through the present. There are two full-length practice tests with detailed answer explanations.

NOTE:  An account is required to access practice tests to save your progress in the prep material. An email address is not required but is highly recommended to create an account.
Tennessee Blue Book:  A History of Tennessee – Student Edition
Tennessee History teachers, check out the Tennessee Blue Book:  A History of Tennessee – Student Edition for student-friendly text, primary sources, and assessment quizzes that tell the story of the great state of Tennessee!
Note: Please email for quiz/discussion answer keys.
NEW!  Early Learners:  Book-based Lesson Plans and Recorded Storytimes   
For our youngest learners in grades K-3, we offer two new resources! Click here to view lesson plans and recorded storytimes based on popular children's books.
Nominate a teacher today! This award recognizes exceptional K–12 American history teachers across the country.
The national winner is chosen from among state winners and receives a $10,000 prize presented at an award ceremony in their honor in New York City.
State winners receive a $1,000 prize, an archive of classroom resources, and recognition at a ceremony in their state.
Deadline for 2021 nominations:  April 30, 2021
Deadline for 2021 nominees to submit supporting materials: May 30, 2021
Click here for more details and to nominate a teacher. 
On This Day in History
April 3, 1948 - President Harry S. Truman signed the European Recovery Program, better known as the Marshall Plan, intended to stop the spread of Communism and restore the economies of European countries devastated by World War II.  
April 4, 1968 - Civil rights leader, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated by a sniper in Memphis, TN.  He was in Memphis in support of black sanitation public works employees.
April 30, 1789 - George Washington, standing on the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street (NY), took his oath of office as the first President of the United States.
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