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Learning Resources

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Illustration, Hamilton Carhartt, Detroit Manufacturer, LoC

Explore Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin life through rare books. [...] »

Map, A map of the British and French dominions in..., 1755, J. Mitchell, LoC.

Follows Jefferson's life, political participation, and accumulation of [...] »

Watercolor, Ichi-you, K. Tsunoi, c.1918-1921, Library of Congress

Discover the rich history of DC's cherry trees and what they reveal about U.S./ [...] »

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Etching, Captain Lewis shooting an Indian, 1810, Library of Congress

How geography influenced interactions among Lewis, Clark, & Native [...] »

Watercolors, [View on the Erie Canal.], 1832, J.W. Hill, NYPL

Cutting through New York from the ocean to the Great Lakes, the Erie Canal [...] »

Detail. 1612 Map. John Smith

A 4th-grade teacher shows strategies for encouraging and supporting student [...] »

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Print, Carolina Parrot, c.1827-1838, John James Audubon, Birds of America, UoP

Human history affects more than human beings. [...] »

Photo, Sea Lion performance, c.1971-1982, http://www.floridamemory.com/

How did explorers describe the plants and animals they discovered in America? [...] »

Map, Captain John Smith's Map of Virginia, 1612

A map can tell you more than east, west, north, and south. [...] »

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