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Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life Homepage
Online exhibit on Abraham Lincoln. Covers each major period of his private and public life, especially his years in Washington when he made the crucial decisions that ended slavery and preserved the nation. Included are digital versions of many of the objects in the Smithsonian’s Lincoln collection.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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America's New Birth of Freedom: Documents from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
Online exhibit featuring a signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation and 10 letters expressing Lincoln's views on emancipation and the conclusion of the Civil War. Downloadable images of the original documents and four brief videos using Lincoln's words to answer questions about the Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation show how Abraham Lincoln struggled with the same questions that many Americans had about the causes and costs of the bloodiest struggle in American history.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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American Origins
This online exhibition presents portraits from the early colonial period to the Gilded Age. Includes short biographies of Pocahontas, Benjamin Franklin, Jefferson Davis, Samuel Clemens, and many more famous Americans.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): General audience
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American Photographs: The First Century
Online exhibition presenting a wide-ranging selection of both familiar and lesser-known early American photographers’ work. Includes images from such photographers as Mathew Brady and Timothy O’Sullivan.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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An Army for the Nation
Section of the online exhibit West Point in the Making of America showing how West Point graduates influenced development of the United States both domestically and abroad between the Civil War and the beginning of the twentieth century. After the Civil War, the U.S. Army was kept small in size while its main responsibilities were fighting Indians in the West, maintaining order in labor disputes, and performing ceremonial functions. In the late 1800's, West Point graduates played important roles in the Spanish-American and Philippine Wars and were vital to the success of engineering projects such as the building of the Panama Canal and the reshaping of Washington, D.C.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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Civil War 150: National Portrait Gallery
Website brings together online exhibits commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Includes video interviews with scholars and images of war-related objects from around the Smithsonian.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): General audience
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Civil War Battle Project
Teacher-created lesson in which students focus on one battle of the war and design their own version of the events.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Civil War Studies at the Smithsonian Associates
Comprehensive website for the study of the Civil War includes articles, book reviews, play reviews, Civil War trivia, online tours of historic landmarks, links, and information about in-person historical tours. Perfect for the history buff looking for in-depth information.
Provider: The Smithsonian Associates
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Document Deep Dive: Emancipation Proclamation
Online primary source: President Lincoln's manuscript of the Emancipation Proclamation, annotated with comments by Civil War historian Harold Holzer.
Provider: Smithsonian Magazine
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12, General audience
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Document Deep Dive: The Menu from President Lincoln's Second Inaugural Ball
Online primary-source document that offers a glimpse into Washington social life in the Civil War period.
Provider: Smithsonian Magazine
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Grade(s): 9–12, General audience
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