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.

Communication in History: Resources for NHD 2021

Find primary sources and teaching activities for National History Day!

Right in America

Teaching Civil Rights with DocsTeach

DocsTeach, the online tool for teaching with documents from the National Archives, is full of primary sources and tools for teaching about civil rights.

DocsTeach NHD page

Breaking Barriers in History: Resources for NHD 2020

Find primary sources and teaching activities for National History Day!

Selection of The Masses about Conscientious Objectors

Freedom of the Press for The Masses

Though freedom of the press is one of our most cherished liberties, fully enjoying it has not always been possible. This is especially true during times of stress for the nation and government.

Mr. President How Long Must Women Wait for Liberty

New Women’s Rights Teaching Resources

Find primary sources and teaching activities related to women's rights and changing roles in American history on a new DocsTeach topic page.

Permission to “Take it to the Streets”

The right of the people to peaceably assemble is guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. But what happens when a city requires a group to obtain a permit to do so?

Join Us for a Primarily Teaching Summer Workshop

We are now accepting applications for Primarily Teaching—our summer institute for educators on using historical documents in the classroom. Learn more and apply online. Summer 2014 workshops will be conducted at: The National Archives at Chicago, June 23–27 The National Archives in Washington, DC, July 7–11 The National Archives at Atlanta, Morrow, GA, July 21–25 The National Archives … Continue reading Join Us for a Primarily Teaching Summer Workshop

More Primary Sources in DocsTeach!

Several new documents have been added to DocsTeach over the past few months. Our former intern shares some of her favorite new additions.