Photograph of Lee Tso attached to his identification papers

Questioning Chinese Exclusion: The “Chinese Village” at the 1899 National Export Exposition

In this guest post, teacher Maria Adamson shares techniques for drawing students into the messiness of history, and giving them practice asking critically minded questions of the sources they encounter. Using this approach, she developed two new teaching activities focusing on identification papers of several Chinese people who were "on exhibit" in an ethnographic display in Philadelphia in 1899.

A New World War II Teaching Resource

Our new World War II page includes hundreds of primary sources and teaching activities!

Ronald Reagan giving a speech in Berlin

Teaching Resources Related to American Presidents

Find primary sources and educational activities for teaching about American Presidents.

Students in classroom in Moton High School

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.

Teaching the Holocaust with Primary Sources at the National Archives and U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

Find resources about U.S. immigration and refugee policy during World War II and the Holocaust, shared during a recent webinar.

Hand raising in the air in front of an American flag at a march at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, in 2000

The Bill of Rights and Expanding Rights in America

Find primary source documents and teaching activities related to protecting and expanding rights in America in commemoration of Bill of Rights Day on December 15.

Pearl Harbor Primary Sources & Teaching Activities

As the Pearl Harbor anniversary approaches, we're sharing historical documents, posters, photographs, and more related to the attack and its impact on U.S. History. On DocsTeach, the online tool for teaching with documents from the National Archives, you can find primary sources like maps and speeches – even images taken by the Japanese military during … Continue reading Pearl Harbor Primary Sources & Teaching Activities