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Drawing the Western Frontier: James E. Taylor Album
Drawings, photographs, and newspaper clippings from Illustrator James E. Taylor (1839 – 1901) who served to popularize stereotypes of the Western frontier during the post-Civil War years.. Includes sections: Indians, Battle of the Washita, Meeker Tragedy, Gold Mining, Mexican Life, and Frontier Life and a general biography.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Extraordinary Evidence
Lesson plan has students review the online exhibit, Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life, and conduct targeted historical research using artifacts and primary source documents. They examine Lincoln’s life and accomplishments and present the ways in which his life was extraordinary.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Find Grace's Family
Lesson has students analyze a primary source document, young Grace Bedell’s letter to Abraham Lincoln, to look for hints about Grace and her family. They will then draw a picture of Grace’s family based on the information they found. Part of the resource “A Letter to Abraham Lincoln.”
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3
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First Person Account: Eugenia Phillips
Video about Eugenia Phillips, a Southern spy, describing her encounter with Union troops trying to incriminate her. This historical recreation accompanies The Price of Freedom: Americans at War online exhibit and is meant for use with the “Women's Role in the Civil War” lesson plan. Targets grades 2-12
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): All grades
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First Person Account: Louis Myers
Video about Louis Myers, a Union Soldier from West Virginia, describing his changing perspectives about War. This historical recreation accompanies The Price of Freedom: Americans at War online exhibti is meant for use with the “Comparing Confederate and Union Soldiers” lesson plan. Targets grades 2-12.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): All grades
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First Person Account: Spotswood Rice
Video about Spotswood Rice, an African American Union soldier, reading a letter which threatens the Southern woman who holds his daughter as a slave. This historical recreation accompanies The Price of Freedom: Americans at War online exhibit and is meant for use with the “Comparing Confederate and Union Troops” lesson plan. Targets grades 2-12.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): All grades
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First Person Account: William Christie
Video about William G. Christie, a Union soldier from Minnesota. In this historical recreation, Christie relates his disgust over prejudice against black soldiers in his unit. This video accompanies The Price of Freedom: Americans at War online exhibit and is meant for use with the “Comparing Confederate and Union Soldiers” lesson plan. Targets grades 2-12.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): All grades
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Interactive Gettysburg Address
Interactive version of the Gettysburg address features zooming in on the document, clicking on highlighted passages for contextual information, and listening to actor Liam Neeson read it. Transcripts available in English and Spanish. Part of the online exhibit The Gettysburg Address.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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Latino Patriots in American Military History
Curriculum tracing the history of Latino military heroes from the American War of Independence to the Vietnam War. Includes lesson plans, handouts, and activities. Bilingual English/Spanish.
Provider: Smithsonian Latino Center
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Letter Writing in America
Online exhibit exploring the place of letter writing in American history, revealing the nature of American life and documenting the country’s search for a uniquely American identity. Organized chronologically by major historical events and movements.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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