A new resource from the National Archives – Milestone Documents – provides access to primary sources that highlight pivotal moments in the course of American history and government.
Teaching Resources for Black History Month
Find primary sources and educational activities for teaching about African American history during Black History Month or any time.
Free Online Programs on the Presidency Begin January 19th
Sign up for free, standards-aligned, 45-minute interactive videoconferencing programs aimed at students in grades 4-12.
Lincoln’s 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation
In the new teaching activity "Lincoln's 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation," students learn the origins of Thanksgiving, then examine President Lincoln’s 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation that created a national holiday.
Focus on Reconstruction: New Teaching Activities
Access new DocsTeach teaching activities created by U.S. history teacher Andrew Zetts.
An Invitation to Field Test New Civil War Learning Lab
We're looking for educators to field test a new learning lab that focuses on aspects of the Civil War at the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC.
The First Act of the First Congress
The First Congress faced numerous tasks, but one thing was so important that it was the first act signed into law.
The Civil War as Photographed by Mathew Brady, a New Teaching Activity
Students can reflect on the lives of soldiers during the Civil War by analyzing photographs taken by renowned photographer Mathew Brady in this new learning activity on DocsTeach.org. The holdings of the National Archives include over 6,000 photographs taken by Brady and his associates during the Civil War era; 16 are included in this activity. In … Continue reading The Civil War as Photographed by Mathew Brady, a New Teaching Activity
Congress and Harriet Tubman’s Claim for a Pension
Harriet Tubman was also a nurse, cook, and spy. This lesson can help your students understand how her service was acknowledged by Congress.
To What Extent was Reconstruction a Revolution?
Reconstruction was a tumultuous period in American history, and the question of whether it produced lasting change in regard to civil rights is still debated by scholars. A DocsTeach Activity using primary sources allows your students to enter the debate and develop critical thinking skills by evaluating historical congressional records as historians. Available on DocsTeach.org, … Continue reading To What Extent was Reconstruction a Revolution?