One topic from US History that has a particular resonance to today is the Gilded Age. The disparity between rich and poor and immigration issues make for easy connections to today's world.
This visually rich 20 slide powerpoint covers the major American "robber barons" of the Gilded Age and can be downloaded here. Rockefeller, Carnegie, Morgan, & Vanderbilt are featured with spectacular photos of them and their magnificent mansions.
Other slides feature political cartoons that highlight the public perception of their tactics.
The notes that accompany each slide cover basic, essential state and Common Core information students need to know about each topic. Your students will marvel at the Biltmore estate, gasp at JP Morgan's disfiguring rhinophyma, and easily understand the relationship of cheap, immigrant labor to the rise of monopolies.
Click here to download this fantastic powerpoint that you can use in your classes immediately!