Unit Overview 

Throughout its history, the United States has experienced many challenges. There have been many events and individuals that have contributed being a democratic nation. Overlooked in history is the understanding that many historical actions were also philanthropic and contributed to the common good of the community.

Service Experience 
Students gather used books and conduct a book drive within the school. The books gathered will be donated to a homeless shelter or other community resource.
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Philanthropic Movements in the United States to 1900
Lesson 1 of 5
Grades: 
6
7
8

The purpose of this lesson is to illustrate how the Pilgrims were influenced in developing a community and American democracy. Using primary source documents, this lesson will take a look at the Mayflower Compact and its origins, and will discuss the story of The Pilgrim’s First Thanksgiving.