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Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media
Date Posted:
10/17/2012
In this archived webcast related to Ken Burns’s film The Dust Bowl, thousands of high school students joined in a national dialogue regarding the Dust Bowl’s legacy on both the environment and the culture of the United States. Students discussed the importance of environmental awaren
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
5/25/2012
This online exhibition explore the role of the portable printing press in conveying information during the Civil War. The ability to communicate quickly in wartime can profoundly affect military actions and outcomes. The invention of portable tabletop printing presses at the time of the American
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
12/29/2010
This Sharps carbine, .52 caliber, was confiscated following John Brown’s raid at Harpers Ferry.
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
12/17/2010
This Sharps rifle was made especially for John Brown, though it bears no maker’s mark or number. Brown carried this weapon on his Kansas campaign in 1856 and later presented it to Charles Blair of Collinsville, Connecticut. In 1857, Brown contracted Blair to forge pikes for the clandestine slav
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
12/15/2010
The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 allowed the two states to decide the issue of slavery by a popular ballot. The fight in Kansas was so intense that the state earned the nickname “Bleeding Kansas.” John Brown bought 2,000 of these revolvers and sent them to Kansas for the “Free-Soilers.”
Grade Range:
4-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
10/14/2008
From 1861-1865, Americans battled over preserving their Union and ending slavery.  The Civil War is the focus of this section of The Price of Freedom: Americans at War, an online exhibition. This pivotal and complicated period of American history is divided into sections that allow
Grade Range:
4-12
Resource Type(s):
Reviewed Websites
Date Posted:
9/18/2008
This website is an invaluable resource for teachers and students who are interested in locating, reading and researching important primary source documents in their entirety. The Avalon Project is committed to digitizing important documents relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Polit
Grade Range:
4-12
Resource Type(s):
Primary Sources, Interactives & Media
Date Posted:
9/9/2008
Join Gouverneur Warren on his 1856 expedition into the American frontier and identify the specimens he sent back to the Smithsonian for study and classification in this interactive activity. Students will begin by reading a letter that Warren sent to the Smithsonian and will then match specimens
Grade Range:
4-8
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
6/10/2008
What can we learn by studying a buffalo hide painting? In this activity, students will learn about the culture of the Plains Indians by determining the meaning of stories told on a buffalo hide painting and compare their interpretations to that of a Smithsonian historian. This activity is meant t
Grade Range:
K-8
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
6/10/2008
In this interactive website, students explore the role buffaloes played in the lives of Native Americans of the northern Plains. The website includes: online interactives, printable activities and a map of the Plain Indians, information about the art of buffalo hide paintings, a teacher's guide a
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