The Presidential Timeline of the Twentieth Century

The Presidential Timeline of the Twentieth Century should probably be named something closer to: A Timeline of the Presidents of the Twentieth Century but, despite the potentially confusing name, this interactive timeline is a wealth of information. 

The timeline starts with Herbert Hoover and ends with George W. Bush. Each president is introduced with a head shot and a brief biography but, that is only the beginning.

Click in the exhibits section and next to each president's name pops up some of the events (political or otherwise) that highlighted their tenure.  From Harry Truman's decision to drop the bomb to Bill Clinton's appointees to the Supreme Court, primary documentation is used to outline and explain the decisions and how they impacted the presidency.

There are many applications for a timeline like this.  It's a great place to start for students doing biographies of presidents.  It could be used in an American History class as an introduction to the 20th century or as a tool to use over and over and major events in American History are discussed. 

Along with the timeline, there is an educators link available where multimedia resources can be downloaded as well as lesson plan ideas and links other locations where primary documents can be found.