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Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts
Date Posted:
2/1/2017
In 1776 Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence on this portable desk of his own design. It features a hinged writing board and a locking drawer for papers, pens, and inkwell. By the summer of 1776 members of the Second Continental Congress prepared to declare thei
Grade Range:
3-8
Resource Type(s):
Reviewed Websites, Primary Sources, Lessons & Activities
Duration:
90 minutes
Date Posted:
10/11/2016
This historical investigation is aligned with the C3 Framework and is from C3teachers.org. This fifth-grade annotated inquiry asks why countries declare their independence. As an integral ea
Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media
Date Posted:
11/14/2013
Get Revolutionary access to Smithsonian objects with the 3D Charter Collection. In this tour, take a close look at the Gunboat Philadelphia, a warship sunk in Lake Champlain in 1776. Students can rotate, expand and control their own explorations of this unique artifact. The tour includes historic
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
12/15/2010
On October 28, 1774, the Rhode Island General Assembly chartered the Newport Light Infantry as a voluntary association of local citizens. These citizens wanted to form a company to obtain better military training than the colonial militia provided. The infantry, 100 strong, demonstrated its patri
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
11/30/2010
This artifact is one of three known surviving components of a suite of four, and possibly five, colors carried by the Second Regiment of Continental Light Dragoons during the Revolutionary War. Although no definitive order has survived specifying the number of colors to be carried by a regiment o
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
6/10/2009
By the time they broke with England, the thirteen American colonies had been issuing paper currency for nearly a century. Both they and the loose central government they set up under the Articles of Confederation to oversee matters of common concern would continue to do so throughout the War of I
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Duration:
5 minutes
Date Posted:
8/20/2013
In this post, readers are encouraged to think about how differently news travels now than it did when the United States first became a country.  Most Americans did not learn of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress until weeks after July 4, 1776.  W
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