Category Archives: Document Spotlights

WWI Posters and Home Cards

Posters and cards distributed on the homefront provide an engaging way to introduce students to World War I. Continue reading

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Oppressed Women Ask the Government to “Make Amends”

A petition created by Alaska Native women during World War II can help students understand the right of the people to “petition for redress of grievances.” Continue reading

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St. Patrick’s Day Primary Sources

Just for fun — we’ve got a lineup of St. Patrick’s Day-themed primary sources to bring a little shamrock spirit into your classroom this March 17th. The Original Federal Order On 3/16/1780 George Washington’s General Order granted Saint Patrick’s Day as a holiday to … Continue reading

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Freedom to Cover the World Series

Reporter Melissa Ludtke sued the Commissioner of Baseball to gain access to the locker room, calling out 1st amendment-guaranteed freedom of the press and the 14th amendment’s equal protection clause. Continue reading

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Permission to “Take it to the Streets”

The right of the people to peaceably assemble is guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. But what happens when a city requires a group to obtain a permit to do so? Continue reading

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Gardening to Victory

Today we shine a spotlight on WWI and WWII victory gardens through home front propaganda. Continue reading

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The Great Seal of the United States

The Great Seal of the United States is a symbol of our independent nation and its power. The 1782 original design is today’s spotlight document. Continue reading

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Habeas Corpus and a Marriage Photo: Immigration Case Files

Of the nearly 100 documents digitized during our annual teaching institute in Washington, DC, two really stand for learning about Chinese immigration. Continue reading

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Memorable Primary Sources: Teacher-Digitized Documents

Our former intern describes his favorite documents from the hundreds digitized and added to DocsTeach during our Primarily Teaching workshops earlier this year. Continue reading

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Agriculture and an Education Legacy

In 1862, the Morrill Act made education in new western states available to their citizens by providing public land grants for colleges in the agricultural and mechanical arts. Continue reading

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