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Truman Presidential Inquiries

Lessons available in the “Truman Presidential Inquiries” project pose a question connected to Truman’s time as president, then direct the learner to carefully consider what the evidence reveals. Continue reading

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Prohibition and Its Consequences: A New DocsTeach Activity

Students will explore the consequences of the 18th Amendment, that prohibited “the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors for beverage purposes.” Continue reading

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Bringing Archives Sleepover Activities to the Classroom

This summer we welcomed children ages 8-12 and their accompanying adult to our History, Heroes, and Treasures sleepover at the National Archives in Washington, DC.  Our guests not only slept in the museum with our nation’s founding documents, but also took part in … Continue reading

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Constitutional Scavenger Hunt with Political Cartoons Lesson Engages Students

This new lesson guides students to an understanding of how the provisions of the U.S. Constitution are visually represented in popular media. Continue reading

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A Game Board Patent

Today’s spotlight document comes in the form of a printed patent drawing. This illustration was part of a 1904 application for an improved game board. Continue reading

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Settling the West

The 1862 Homestead Act provided Americans the opportunity for federal land grants. Today’s spotlight is on the first claim to be filed under the Homestead Act. Continue reading

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The Purchase of Alaska

For today’s spotlight document we take a look at the treasury warrant used for the purchase of the 49th state. Continue reading

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Calling on the Vice President

Just hours before the tragedy at Ford’s Theatre, Booth made a visit to the Washington hotel where Vice President Johnson was staying and left today’s spotlight document: a calling card. Continue reading

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Using Primary Sources to Analyze the 2015 AP U.S. Government FRQ: Civil Rights & Liberties

Our intern offers insight into how she’ll teach the 14th Amendment to her AP students next year using primary sources. Continue reading

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New NASA Documents Digitized by Teachers in Atlanta

Last week, we welcomed teachers to Atlanta for our annual Primarily Teaching summer institute.  These educators explored the holdings of the National Archives at Atlanta for classroom-suitable documents, and ended up discovering NASA documents on really interesting space topics like the … Continue reading

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