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Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
6/10/2008
In this online exhibition, students will analyze authentic magazine covers from July 1942, along with a timeline and brief video news clips in order to understand the importance of the home front during the Second World War. The resource includes a searchable collection of magazine covers from th
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):
Primary Sources, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
9/29/2008
In this lesson, students will carefully examine an authentic Massachusetts thirty-shilling note (1775) from the Museum's collection and hypothesize the meaning of its visual elements. Students will use primary and secondary sources to refine the hypothesis and in the process, discover the role th
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):
Primary Sources, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
8/18/2008
A brief summary of the changes in voting technology is the focus of the introduction to Vote: The Machinery of Democracy, an online exhibition from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.  This resource discusses a range of voting technologies from paper and machine
Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Primary Sources, Interactives & Media
Date Posted:
11/5/2010
Listen to oral history recordings and examine related primary source materials to learn the stories of the men and women who built and sailed on Liberty Ships to support the allied war effort during World War II. The Web site encourages students to take on the role of historian by presenting them
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):
Reviewed Websites
Date Posted:
9/19/2008
The Public Papers of the Presidents, which is compiled and published by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, began in 1957. This website provides access to public records from the administrations of Presidents George H.W. Bush, Clinton, George W. Bush,
Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
8/5/2008
This list of resources includes recommended books on topics related to the history of polio, a bibliography, a glossary of terms relevant to the history of polio and a list of related links. The resource list is part of the online exhibition, Whatev
Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
8/18/2008
Paper balloting easily led to fraud.  The reform of voting methods during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries is the focus of this section of the online exhibition entitled Vote: The Machinery of Democracy, from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American Histo
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