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Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts
Date Posted:
5/1/2018
The term “ballot” is derived from the Italian ballotta, meaning “little ball.” This ballot box was not used in a U.S. election. It was used by members of a Washington, D.C., social club.
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
9/3/2020
This cane belonged to Toussaint L’Ouverture, a military and political leader in the Haitian Revolution. The revolution began as a slave revolt in the French colony of Saint-Domingue in 1791 and ended with emancipation and the founding of the free nation of Haiti in 1804. Nearly half a million ensl
Grade Range:
8-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
9/4/2020
“Celebrating the 300th anniversary of its founding this year, New Orleans is a city whose culture and cuisine have captivated the American imagination for generations. Given the way authors and travel writers have described the city as a place steeped in French and Spanish traditions, it is not al
Grade Range:
6-12
Resource Type(s):
Primary Sources, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
9/24/2020
In this lesson plan, students will learn how Cindy Whitehead, a skateboarding pioneer, changed the culture of skateboarding and fought for girls to have greater access to all sports. Students will examine the question: Why does gender equality in sports matter?
Grade Range:
4-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
6/10/2008
Students will learn about the 25,000 Japanese Americans who served in U.S. military units during World War II. This section of A More Perfect Union, an online exhibition, uses artifacts from the Museum's collections, primary so
Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
6/10/2008
In this searchable collection, students will be able to explore the magazine covers that were created for the July 1942 campaign coordinated by the Magazine Publishers of America and the US Treasury Department to help generate support for the war effort during World War II. It is included in the
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
3/1/2010
The letter reveals George Washington’s active engagement in shaping the nation during the critical period following the American Revolution. Washington wrote the letter to Dr. David Stuart from Mount Vernon on November 30, 1785. Stuart was both a trusted associate and a member of Washington’s
Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Primary Sources, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
8/18/2008
Because the Constitution gives the states the job of running elections, voting in the United States has developed into a patchwork of manual, mechanical, and electronic balloting. A variety of voting methods over the course of American history are addressed in this section of the online exhibitio
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:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Reviewed Websites
Date Posted:
6/7/2010
This blog, published by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program, includes reviews of book written by or about Asian Pacific Americans. The books range from children's picture books to adult fiction and nonfiction to manga, and the reviewer makes special note of whether the book is presente
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