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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, A Spiteful Souvenir

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

Print, Decatur's conflict with Algerine at Tripoli, 1877, Alonzo Chappel, NYPL

Believe it or not, the U.S. wasn't always particularly supportive of increasing [...] »

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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 [...] »

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 [...] »

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U.S. Naval History

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Stephen Decatur and his men retaking the USS Philadelphia

Two letters from 1800 Tripoli lead into a story of piracy, privateering, [...] »

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 [...] »

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

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