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Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media
Date Posted:
1/7/2013
In this brief video, curators Harry Rubenstein and Larry Bird share key objects from the political history collection representing inaugurations and presidential campaigns dating back to the early 1800s.  See how objects are stored and continuity and change in campaign and inaugural material
Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Duration:
90 minutes
Date Posted:
9/21/2010
In this lesson, students will examine primary sources to understand John Brown’s actions in Harpers Ferry and will develop a creative project on his legacy. This resource was produced to accompany the exhibition The Price of Freedom: Americans at War, by the Smithsonian’s Nat
Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
7/7/2008
Students can learn about the history of experimentation and innovation in the design of steam-powered, internal-combustion, electric, and solar-powered automobiles. This reference page is included in the online exhibition entitled America on the Move, which focuses on transportation in U
Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Primary Sources, Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
11/8/2009
This object-based learning activity revolves around the short-handled hoe, the bracero program, Cesar Chavez and the organizing of Latino farm workers in the American southwest after World War II. Students will learn about the role of Mexican guest workers in American agricultural histo
Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
4/16/2018
Where Do You Stand? asks students to formulate opinions on fundamental American rights while listening to and learning from the ideas and experiences of their peers. The learning begins with the guiding question: What would you do to support what you believe in? 
Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
12/23/2010
Beginning eight days after the first shots of the American Civil War were fired and three days before his wedding, William Steinway’s remarkable diary bears witness to one of the most dynamic periods in American history. This website examines the life of William Steinway and the display of his
Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Primary Sources, Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
11/10/2009
This teacher's resource challenges students to think about the gold nugget that began the California gold rush as a valuable resource for understanding westward expansion and the idea of Manifest Destiny. It includes a preliminary activity intended to introduce students to doing hi
Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Primary Sources, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
8/5/2008
This resource will help students understand how to analyze historical photos to better understand the intentions of those who took them. Every photograph is both truthful and deceptive. These images were selected to illustrate some of the intricacies in reading historical photographs. This a
Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Primary Sources, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
7/7/2008
In this online reference page, students can learn how public transportation shaped the development of Chicago. This resource is included in the online exhibition entitled America on the Move, which focuses on transportation in US history.
Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Reviewed Websites
Date Posted:
9/29/2008
30 years after the assassination of President Kennedy, Congress enacted the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992, signed by President George H.W. Bush. The Act mandated that all assassination-related material be housed in a single collection in the National Archi
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