On This Day: The Monroe Doctrine

The Monroe Doctrine is one of the longest-lasting presidential policies, and it still impacts foreign policy today. Using three clips from historians and archivists, scholars explore the world of James Monroe and his watershed statement. Footage includes images of the actual doctrine, as it was recorded as part of a State of the Union address in the 1820s.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Offer the first video clip to introduce the principles of the Monroe Doctrine
  • Integrate linked resources to show the Monroe Doctrine's extension into today's foreign policy
Classroom Considerations

  • The videos require free C-SPAN Classroom account; teachers must create one or use the credentials: Username students and Password C-SPANCLASSROOM
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information

  • Resource takes teachers to additional videos relevant to American foreign policy
  • Carefully edited video segments are easy to use in lesson plans

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