top of page

Advise the President Series

Free resources to use on Presidents' Day or any day of the year!

Presidential Libraries provide a broad range of educational opportunities for students of all ages. Each Presidential Library offers programs and lesson plans designed to introduce students to American history and the Presidency and to inform teachers about the use of primary source documents in teaching history.

The Advise the President series is a ready-to-use tool that focuses on using original documents, and photographs to provide students with an in-depth understanding of historical events related to the presidents. Moderator guides accompany each booklet to assist teachers in guiding students through the deliberation process and promoting productive discussion. Each booklet in the series also features a detailed reveal of the decision the president ultimately made.

The Advise the President Series is an educational program created by the Presidential Libraries of the National Archives in partnership with the National Issues Forums Institute.

President Harry S. Truman has become increasingly worried that Soviet actions threaten his vision of a peaceful postwar world in which freedom and democracy will spread throughout the liberated areas of Europe and Asia. He believes that important decisions must be made to preserve freedom, democracy, and the American way of life.

Soviet military aggression and the subsequent spread of Communism is the greatest threat to the security of the nation. The current costs of fighting Communism are skyrocketing, presenting a significant threat to the nation’s economic well- being. President Eisenhower is concerned that the costs are not sustainable over the long term but he believes that the spread of Communism must be stopped.

New York City is on the brink of bankruptcy and financial collapse threatens the City within days. The New York Governor and the New York City Mayor have requested Federal assistance. President Ford agreed to consider their request and respond within 24 hours.

When President Reagan took office, the U.S. economy was in deep trouble. He faced a series of tough choices that would determine the fate of his Presidency and the long-term future of the U.S. economy.

Since 1997 a campaign by Serbian police and military forces has driven 800,000 ethnic Albanians from their homes. Thousands of Albanians have been killed in a relentless campaign of ethnic genocide.

President Clinton must make a critical decision that could shape his Presidency and have a major impact on the United States strategic alliances.


Teacher Resources from all the Presidential Libraries can be found at the links below.


bottom of page