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K-12
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Date Posted:
2/2/2012
Thomas Edison used this carbon-filament bulb in the first public demonstration of his most famous invention, the first practical electric incandescent lamp, which took place at his Menlo Park, New Jersey, laboratory on New Year's Eve, 1879. As the quintessential American inventor-hero,
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K-12
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Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
5/11/2012
In 1794, Eli Whitney patented a new kind of cotton gin. His invention, using rotating brushes and teeth to remove the seeds from cotton, was quickly pirated by others. Southern plantation owners depended on slaves for labor-intensive crops such as rice, sugar, tobacco, and especially cotto
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K-12
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Date Posted:
1/29/2009
Over the course of her 60-year career, Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996) became known to fans and colleagues as "The First Lady of Song." Her rise to international fame as a jazz and popular singer coincided with the rise of an American entertainment industry that brought music to millions through conc
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9/10/2015
Abraham Lincoln came to understand that to achieve a lasting peace, slavery must end. He had always opposed slavery, but had never sided with abolitionists who called for its immediate end. Lincoln had sought solutions that would make slavery gradually fade from white society—limit its location
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K-12
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Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
12/17/2010
Physical Description Oxidized metal bugle. Specific History This bugle was salvaged from the wreck of the USS Maine. General History USS Maine was a second-class battleship built between 1888 and 1895. It was sent to Havana, Cub
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K-12
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Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
12/30/2009
English sword used during the French and Indian War.
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K-12
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Date Posted:
11/10/2008
The ENIAC was a large, general-purpose digital computer built to compute ballistics tables for U.S. Army artillery during World War II. Occupying a room 30 feet by 50 feet, ENIAC—the Electrical Numerical Integrator and Computer—weighed 30 tons and used some 18,000 vacuum tubes. It could compu
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5-12
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Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
12/23/2010
The forage cap was introduced just in time to become the signature headgear of the Civil War soldier. This model was the most popular worn by the Union army, officers and enlisted men alike.
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5-12
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Date Posted:
12/9/2010
Enlistment paper of John Edwards in His Majesty's Provincial Service, 1760.
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K-12
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Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
4/22/2010
The Environmental Movement This button depicts the ecology symbol, a small letter “e” inside the larger letter “O,” the letters standing for “environment” and “organism.” Cartoonist Ron Cobb invented the symbol in 1969. The ecology symbol appeared in a g
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