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History Content

The "Star-Spangled Banner" is a crucial emblem of the United States. However, do you know the origins of the very first American flag or the actual meaning of Francis Scott Key's lyrics? This website produced by the Smithsonian Institute can be used in a variety of ways to teach students about this important national icon. FIND OUT MORE »

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Photo, Mare Island Cranes, July 5, 2007, cosmic tito, Flickr

Explore a wide range of Californian geological survey maps, dating from 1895 to [...] »

Illustration, The home front in national, 1941, Government Information Resources

Includes more than 300 U.S. government pamphlets and books on home front issues [...] »

Photograph, Indian Foods, Robert Llewellyn, Virtual Jamestown.

Experience firsthand accounts of Jamestown and colonial history, dating from [...] »

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To legally exist, English colonies needed charters from the monarchy. Answer [...] »

Letter, Henry Clinton to John Burgoyne, August 10, 1777, Henry Clinton, Clements

Benedict Arnold wasn't the only spy in the American Revolution. Take this quiz [...] »

Screencap, Daisy ad, 1964, Living Room Candidate, Museum of the Moving Image

Johnson, Goldwater, and the politics of fear. [...] »

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Photo, "An ex-slave," 1897, New York Public Library Digital Gallery

What was it like to be a slave in 19th-century America? Accounts contrast. [...] »

Photo, Model A Ford in front of antique gas pumps, August 4, 2007, Flickr

Americans today take cars for granted. How did they change American life? [...] »

Print, For the Sunny South. An Airship. . . , 1913, Library of Congress

The fight against segregation and its discriminatory practices does not begin [...] »

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Photo, "Ms. Yavocka Wilson," March 11, 1997?, Anacostia Community Museum

What is community? What does it do for us, and how does it shape who we are? [...] »

Photo, Secretary Arne Duncan visited. . . , 2010, U.S Department of Education

Use the resources offered by the Department of Education to help you become a [...] »

Photo, U.S. Capitol, Architect of the Capitol

What do our buildings tell us about ourselves? Take a spin around this website [...] »

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Photoshopped image of a printing press, 1908

How do you go back and find "the first draft of history"? [...] »

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