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

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

Watercolor, c. 1815, Guerriere and Constitution, Garneray, USS Constitution Mus.

Get classroom attention by using the "swashbuckling" history of the USS [...] »

Statue of Tecumseh at the Naval Academy

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

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

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

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U.S. Naval History

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Photo, Lake Michigan Sunrise, October 13, 2009, Indy Kethdy, Flickr

Delve into Wisconsin's maritime history. Discover the multiple ways in which [...] »

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

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

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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