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Unit 16: The View From Independence

A Missourian in the White House

Listed below are possible research or discussion topics, online lesson plans, resources and other materials.  As you look through this list please consider that this series can work for grades 4-12, with an emphasis on 7th grade. Also consider that the series will be used with different purposes for different grade levels. This is by no means a complete list of resources, and we cannot guarantee the life span and quality of the web site addresses.

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Research Topics

  • Hitler's Nazi Germany
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Harry Truman
  • Oval Office
  • Harry S. Truman Library
  • Bess Wallace Truman
  • Missouri Farming
  • Rural Missouri
  • Lamar, MO
  • Independence, MO
  • Grandview, MO
  • Truman values and famous sayings
  • WW I
  • Victorian Architecture
  • WW II
  • 219 N. Delaware, Independence, MO
  • Anthony Eden, British Foreign Secretary
  • Atomic Bomb
  • North Atlantic Trade Organization (NATO)
  • Korean War
  • The Marshall Plan
  • United Nations
  • Executive Order Ending Racial Discrimination in the Armed Forces & Federal Government

Lesson Plans

  • The Truman Library 
    This site contains a wealth of lesson plan  materials for K-12 including a student guide, student projects, teacher resources, classroom web pages, interactive games, Truman 4 Primary (gr. 1-4)
    • Kids, TrackStar Interactive Internet Lessons, teacher features, a “Time and Place Web Ring” with social studies web sites, social studies lesson plans other than Truman-related and many more resources.  Show-Me Standards are included with lesson plans.



  • Dear Bess: the Letters from Harry to Bess Truman 1910-1959
    Ferrell, Robert, editor
    University of Missouri Press
    Columbia, Mo.
  • Truman 
    McCullough, David
    Simon and Schuster
    New York, N.Y.