What is Patent Number 139,121?

Check out newly published online teaching activities that focus on some of the most famous patent records and inventions in our holdings.

Right in America

Teaching Civil Rights with DocsTeach

DocsTeach, the online tool for teaching with documents from the National Archives, is full of primary sources and tools for teaching about civil rights.

Excerpt of Opinion in Green v. New Kent County

Striking Down “Freedom of Choice” Plans for School Desegregation: Green v. New Kent County

In Green v. New Kent County, the 1968 Supreme Court ruled that a "freedom of choice" plan was not sufficient to bring about desegregation. The decision spurred on desegregation in earnest in Virginia schools.

We Declare Activity

We Declare!: A New Teaching Activity Comparing American and French Revolutionary Documents

In this new activity, students engage in a comparison of the American Declaration of Independence and the French Declaration of Rights of Man and Citizen to learn about the Enlightenment and revolutionary ideas.

Selection from Indictment of Jedediah Peck

A Seditious Petition

Less than 10 years after the ratification of the Bill of Rights, Revolutionary War veteran and NY State Legislator Jedediah Peck was arrested for distributing a petition.

refugees

Using Primary Sources to Teach About Americans and the Holocaust, Part II

The documents presented here are used in a classroom activity for high school students and develops the skill of “Historical Issues-Analysis & Decision-Making.”