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9-12
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Reviewed Websites
Date Posted:
9/19/2008
The National Archives oversees this website run by the Office of the Federal Register.  The OFR provides access to many achival resources related to Federal Laws, Presidential Documents, and Administrative Regulations and Notices. This site is an excellent resource for both student and
Grade Range:
4-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
11/18/2008
In this online exhibition, students will explore the story of the Star-Spangled Banner by learning about the War of 1812 and the Battle of Baltimore; Mary Pickersgill and the making of the flag; Francis Scott Key and the song that became the national anthem; the legacy of the flag and its use as
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
8/23/2009
In this section of the online exhibition entitled Treasures of American History, students will learn how the creative and innovative genius of Americans has led to the reinvention of daily and business life, the redefinition of popular culture and the creation of artistic maste
Grade Range:
4-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
10/9/2008
This website discusses the major events of the War of 1812, including the burning of Washington, and the battles of Fort McHenry and New Orleans. Students will learn from images and objects in the Museum's collections to shed light on the conflict that gave the country a new symbol, the Star
Grade Range:
4-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
10/14/2008
Americans reluctantly entered Europe's "Great War" and tipped the balance to Allied victory. The United States emerged from the war a significant, but reluctant, world power. Students will learn about American involvement in World War I and how American industrial and military might bro
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts
Date Posted:
4/4/2016
This is a trading post booth number 13 from the New York Stock Exchange built in 1930. Trading was conducted in front of posts connected to the stock ticker by pneumatic tubes. Floor brokers buy and sell shares, attempting to get their customers the best price. Each stock is represented by a spec
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts
Date Posted:
2/1/2017
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History recently acquired at auction a rare 18th-century silver milk pot or creamer with engraved with symbols and an inscription that support the American colonists’ ongoing boycott of imported goods, especially tea, during the months following a
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts
Date Posted:
4/16/2018
This rare silk banner was probably carried in a public parade in Philadelphia in the mid to late 1790s. Its elaborate design suggests the importance of such festivals, which provided a place for many Americans, voters and non-voters, to express patriotic sentiments or partisan views on current ev
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
9/2/2020
The TV dinner represented a change in the way Americans were thinking about food. Introduced in 1954 by Swanson & Sons, of Omaha, Nebraska, it offered women--more and more of whom were working outside the home but still assumed to be responsible for cooking--an alternative to time-consuming meal pre
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
9/3/2020
The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 prevented all but a few Chinese to enter the United States legally. In 1906, a major earthquake and resulting fire in San Francisco destroyed public records, allowing many Chinese to claim that they had been born in San Francisco. These men, with newly established c
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