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.
Recent highlights of primary sources newly added to DocsTeach
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!
Attention DC area educators! Please join us for our annual Educators Open House on Thursday, September 13th from 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. at the National Archives in Washington, DC. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. Enjoy a special after-hours viewing of our exhibits, including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Meet … Continue reading Educator Open House in Washington, DC
We are happy to announce a new program in our line-up of professional development webinars: "DocsTeach On Demand." Connect your school or district for an on-demand webinar exploring DocsTeach, the online tool for teaching with documents from the National Archives. Prior to the webinar, a National Archives educator will work with you to determine what … Continue reading New DocsTeach Webinars Available upon Request
Check out our schedule of summer and fall webinars for educators. Visit the National Archives without leaving your school or home! Our interactive webinars feature historical documents, images, maps, posters, and other primary sources — as well as resources and strategies for bringing primary sources into your classroom. All are free of charge. Find the complete … Continue reading Upcoming Professional Development Webinars
In April 1951, students at Moton High School in Prince Edward County, VA, led by 16-year-old Barbara Johns, went on strike to persuade their local school board to build them a better school. This eventually led to the landmark civil rights case Dorothy E. Davis, et al. v. County School Board of Prince Edward County, … Continue reading “Separate but Equal” in Photographs