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War of 1812 Bicentennial

Francis Scott Key wrote "The Star-Spangled Banner" during the War of 1812. A lesson plan from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History introduces students to the war and asks them to analyze the national anthem as a primary source. FIND OUT MORE »

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Sheet music cover, Star spangled banner...

What does the flag mean in the terms of forging a cohesive U.S. identity? [...] »

Sheet music, The Star-Spangled Banner, 1814, Wikimedia Commons

In this lecture, American music historian David Hildebrand discusses the truth [...] »

Screencapture, A Spiteful Souvenir

This short video from the Library of Congress takes a look at a rather [...] »

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Photo, Fort McHenry, c. 1980-2006, Carol Highsmith, Library of Congress

Eighth-grade American history educator Eric Langhorst introduces an interactive [...] »

Print, This view of his majesty's ship Shannon, Aug. 1813, Robert Dodd, LoC

How do textbooks from different countries treat the War of 1812? [...] »

Photo, USS Constitution, Jun. 24, 2007, hyperion327, Flickr

Earlier this year, we looked at what historic sites were doing to celebrate the [...] »

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U.S. Naval History

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Photograph negative, U.S.S. Neosho and other ships during Pearl Harbor attack, 7

When does a historical film go from "based on historical events" to total [...] »

Map, Nova totius terrarum, 1635?, Willem J. Blaeu, The New York Public Library.

Explore the mid-Atlantic region with more than 1,852 maps created before 1850. [...] »

Watercolor, USS Providence, 1965, Arthur Beaumont, U.S. Navy Art Collection.

Teach U.S. Navy history using photographs, paintings, documents, oral [...] »

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