The notion of freedom of the press was tested just a few years after the Bill of Rights when political parties developed in the mid-1790s.
Primary sources and teaching activities provide students an opportunity to compare and contrast attitudes on immigration during this turbulent period in modern history.
Students in New Jersey examined letters to Congress, comparing points of view and main arguments. One letter was in favor of women's suffrage. The other was from a women’s group opposed to giving women the right to vote.
A journal article and podcast provide a deeper dive into students rights cases, including Tinker v. Des Moines.
Here are a few resources for teaching and commemorating Constitution Day – or teaching about the Constitution any day!
Access new DocsTeach teaching activities created by U.S. history teacher Andrew Zetts.
Titanic traveling trunks aim to teach students how to examine artifacts and compare the past to the present.
Ready-to-use strategies for helping students work with newly digitized WWI-era primary sources featured in the new Remembering WWI app
A new page on DocsTeach.org includes primary sources and activities for teaching about the Vietnam War.
A “Girl Power” workshop connects participants with historical photos of girls from the records of the National Archives, stimulating creative thinking and writing.