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Maritime Nation 1800-1850
Section of the online exhibit On the Water: Stories from Maritime America focused on the maritime history of the United States during the first half of the nineteenth century. Learn how shipbuilders, mariners, and maritime merchants helped the new nation defend itself and grow. Topics covered are the roles that privateers played during the American Revolution and the War of 1812, immigration, early steam travel and coastal shipping in the Atlantic Ocean, the California Gold Rush, and the life-saving technology that was used to rescue the victims of shipwrecks.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Lexington and Concord: A Historical Interpretation Lesson
Lesson plan has students analyze historical images depicting Lexington and Concord and interpret the events there through different perspectives using a graphic organizer. Includes background information, full-color images of primary sources, and a student worksheet. Targets grades 6-9.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Young America Lesson Plan: George Washington
In this lesson, students use a combination of artwork, everyday objects, and primary sources to learn about George Washington’s life and leadership during and after the American Revolution.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Treasures of American History: Spanish Version
Downloadable transcript of the online exhibit Treasures of American History in Spanish. The topics included in the exhibition are: creativity and innovation, American biography, national challenges and American identity.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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A Letter From George Washington
Online exhibit examining a letter from George Washington to Dr. David Stuart of the Virginia legislature. This letter describes many of Washington’s views on current events and the direction of the Nation. Includes a transcript of the letter and contextual information for highlighted sections of the letter.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): All grades
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A Will of Their Own
Online exhibition adds up to a group portrait of influential women in the early days of the republic, from Abigail Adams to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. The focus is on Judith Sargent Murray, a poet and essayist who published "On the Equality of the Sexes" in 1790.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Clues Within These Walls
Online exhibit focusing on the methods historians and curators used to learn about a historical house in Massachusetts. Shows how to use primary source documents, photographs, and architectural clues to learn about the history of a house and its occupants.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Document Deep Dive: The Musical History of
Online primary source: the original manuscript of Francis Scott Key's poem, annotated with comments by an expert in colonial music.
Provider: Smithsonian Magazine
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12, General audience
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Federalism to Jacksonian Democracy
Portion of the "Land and Landscape" module focusing on the influence of land ownership and the evolution of American civic ideas as seen through landscape.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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First Person Account: Lydia Post
Video about Lydia Minturn Post, a Long Island patriot, expressing her fear that the American Revolution will fail. In this historical recreation, Lydia discusses the disparities between the British and Colonial forces and the true meaning behind the colonists will to fight. This video accompanies The Price of Freedom: Americans at War online exhibit and is meant for use with the “General George Washington, Military leader” lesson plan. Targets grades 2-12.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): All grades
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