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In this Lesson Plan Review, students analyze primary and secondary sources describing an encounter between the Lewis and Clark expedition and a Native American tribe. The lesson overall is a great way to encourage students to work collaboratively to analyze this important historical interaction from multiple perspectives. FIND OUT MORE »

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Even the recent past was very different from the present. Students analyze [...] »

Print, Assassination of President A. Lincoln, Library of Congress

Elementary students investigate the first presidential assassination and debate [...] »

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Explore resources on the Bracero guest worker program from the mid-20th century. [...] »

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Image, Squared Circles-Clocks, 25 Oct 2006, Leo Reynolds, Flickr CC

Construct an ongoing, shared classroom timeline in middle and elementary [...] »

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Use this four-step learning routine to deeply explore visual primary sources. [...] »

Marginalia, CHNM

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Photography, Group of Native Americans, 1875-1878, Ober Brothers, NYPL

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Poster, Clough, S.T., 1938, 4300 Euclid, Library of Congress

The socio-cultural impact of historic events or time periods and the interpretation through various forms of media. [...] »

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