Progress and Backlash

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"Progress and Backlash" investigates how LGBT individuals serving in the United States military during WWII established a movement that still impacts American society today.


THEME: Civil Rights 




"Progress and Backlash" Teacher's Guide includes background information, curriculum framework alignment,* essential questions, expected outcomes, intersections with concurrent events, and connections to today's world. Four (4) lesson plans are framed within History UnErased's Inquiry Arc for contextualized pedagogy and anchored in primary source analysis. 


Resources and Materials in Student Handouts 

Student handouts are offered in printer-friendly grayscale for classroom reproducibles.


Introduction to Theme of Social Constructs and Hidden Identities   

Case Study: World War II and the Advancement of LGBT Rights

LGBT History Timeline (includes footnoted resources)

Three First-person Narratives

Theory of Social Movements Guide

Give Voice to History Project Podcast featuring Frank Kameny and Transcript

The impact of Executive Order 10450 is brought to life through archival oral history testimony from the Give Voice to History Project featuring Frank Kameny, a unique podcast produced in partnership with Making Gay History--The Podcast to anchor this thematic module. The podcast includes an intro and outro by Eric Marcus, founder and host of Making Gay History.

Close Listening Activity: Inquiry Organizer

Primary Sources 

Putting It All Together Assessment and Rubric


"Step Forward for Frank Kameny" complementing visual history instructional poster is available at the UnErased Store (posters are compatible with screen readers for the vision impaired)


*Aligned with Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Framework (2018), National Council for the Social Studies Standards, and UCLA History: National Center for History in the Schools Standards.

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