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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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Statue of Tecumseh at the Naval Academy

Historians have attempted to account for the great admiration that whites had [...] »

Screencapture, Jerry Crimmins on Fort Dearborn

The Pritzker Military Library website features Chicago's prize-winning [...] »

Photo, Marines on Okinawa, 1945, Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

More than 30 letters cover conflicts from the Revolutionary War to the War of [...] »

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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 [...] »

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

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

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

Learn about the U.S. at sea

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. [...] »

Oil painting of United States gunboat Owasco under full sail. LOC

We all know the role of the wagon in westward expansion, but what of ships? [...] »

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