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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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Aerial View of Monticello Mountain, 1999

Can't travel to Monticello? Take your students on a virtual tour of Jefferson's [...] »

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Unsure how to teach presidential history in an engaging manner? Try these [...] »

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Sheet music, Pull away cheerily [...] Bancroft Library, Calisphere

"Seeing the elephant" in California. [...] »

Poster advertisement, Bristol's Sarsaparilla, 1857, Library of Congress

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Ad, Goodrich, 1935

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Painting, John Brown, 1867, Thomas S. Noble, NYPL Digital Gallery

Did Northerners all respond the same way to Brown's infamous raid? Southerners? [...] »

Stereograph, U.S. Senator Huey Long, c.1933, Keystone View Company

How exactly did U.S. Senator Huey Long intend to end poverty across the U.S.? [...] »

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, IPTW 2010, 23 October 2010, Isasser, Flickr, cc

Service-learning and history don't have to be exclusive. Consider the [...] »

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, . . . trephining [sic]. . . , 1926, Library of Congress

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women and children evacuated from Fort Sumter

Olive branches from the North? Did the United States ever negotiate possible Union troop withdrawal in order to gain support from regions within the Confederacy? [...] »

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