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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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Illustration, The Magazine in Battle, A Sailor's Life for Me!

Explore Old Ironsides—live the life of a ship's boy or learn about the [...] »

Maryland eight dollar note, April 10, 1774

Explore the history of Maryland, from Edgar Allen Poe to the War of 1812. [...] »

Print, Death of Tecumseh, c.1846, N. Currie, LoC

Professor David Henkin examines the ongoing war between Native American nations [...] »

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Photo, USS Constitution, Jul. 4, 2011, AN HONORABLE GERMAN, Flickr

How much do your students know about the War of 1812? Find resources on the [...] »

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

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

Political Cartoon, A Scene on the Frontiers as Practiced by..., 1812, William Ch

A great way for students to learn more about the War of 1812 and our nation's [...] »

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U.S. Naval History

Learn about the U.S. at sea

Art, Auxliarist, Lew Jackson, U.S. Coast Guard

Who protects U.S. interests in international and domestic waters? [...] »

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

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

Photo, Crew members man-the-rails. . . , 2009, Tiffini Jones Vanderwyst, Navy

Learn the basic steps to building and commissioning a Navy vessel. [...] »

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