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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. Emigrant party on the road to California. LOC

Discover the major population shifts within U.S. history, including the history [...] »

Photo, Boston in Urban Acid Look, March 17, 2010, Werner Kunz (werkunz1), Flickr

Travel through this web portal to sites concerning urban life. [...] »

Photograph, Gustevas Roberts, rear, 1957, Jimmy Dumbell, Charlotte Observer

Examine the events which led to and the aftermath of Brown v. Board of [...] »

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"Don’t Sell the Steak—Sell the Sizzle!" [...] »

Who went west when? Answer questions about migration from 1935 to 2000. [...] »

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People can identify (some of) the words of Martin Luther King Jr. Can you place [...] »

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American historians have depicted the Tet Offensive as the turning point for U. [...] »

Broadside, A card, New York, 1774, LoC, rbpe 10700100

What were the causes of the American Revolution? They were more complicated [...] »

Panic as a Health Officer Cleaning the Streets

Beginning in Europe, the Panic of 1873 quickly spread to the United States [...] »

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Photo, The Five of Hearts - Renault. . . , U.S. Army Center of Military History

The U.S. Armed Forces maintain multiple historical offices within each branch [...] »

Photo, NASA, ESA, and M. Livio and the Hubble 20th Anniversary Team (STScI)

Since its inception, NASA has accomplished many scientific and technological [...] »

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 [...] »

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map, Bird's Eye View of Muskegon 1868, 21 Mar 2008, Brandon Bartoszek, Flickr CC

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