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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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Civil War envelope, c1861-1865, Library of Congress

What did the War of 1812 sound like? [...] »

Screencapture, A Spiteful Souvenir

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

Screencapture, The Civil War of 1812

The Pritzker Military Library website "sheds light on the tangled origins of [...] »

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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 [...] »

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? [...] »

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

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

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

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. [...] »

Stephen Decatur and his men retaking the USS Philadelphia

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

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