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Drawing of a Raft 02/14/1818
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On February 14, 1818, David Gordon received a patent for his raft ...

On February 14, 1818, David Gordon received a patent for his raft design. When a patent is granted, it excludes others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention. This drawing accompanied Gordon’s application.

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Revolution and the New Nation (1754-1820s)
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This lesson plan includes documents and images for learning about the American ...

This lesson plan includes documents and images for learning about the American Revolution, the Constitution, the creation of the U.S. Navy, Eli Whitney's patent for the cotton gin, Thomas Cooper's violation of the Sedition Act, and the Electoral College.

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U.S. History
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Anti-Railroad Propaganda Poster: The Growth of Regionalism, 1800-1860
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This lesson uses a poster decrying the disruptive influence of railroads on ...

This lesson uses a poster decrying the disruptive influence of railroads on local culture to launch a discussion on local differences and their effect on American politics. Explanatory text, materials for teachers, and links to further resources accompany the documents. This lesson correlates to the National History Standards and the National Standards for Civics and Social Sciences. It also has cross-curricular connections with history, government, and art.

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Visual Arts
U.S. History
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Expansion and Reform (1801-1868)
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This site features documents, maps, and images for learning about the Lewis ...

This site features documents, maps, and images for learning about the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the growth of regionalism, the Amistad case, Lincoln's spot resolutions, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, the petition of Amelia Bloomer regarding suffrage in the West, migration north to Alaska, and the Sioux Treaty of 1868.

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Tally of the 1824 Electoral College Vote
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This site focuses on the complex system of election rules by examining ...

This site focuses on the complex system of election rules by examining the vote tally of the 1824 Presidential election, in which the winning candidate, John Quincy Adams, received fewer popular votes than the runner-up, Andrew Jackson.

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U.S. History
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The Homestead Act of 1862
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This lesson recounts efforts to improve homesteading laws and make land ownership ...

This lesson recounts efforts to improve homesteading laws and make land ownership possible for more settlers. The distribution of government lands had been an issue since the Revolutionary War. Preemption -- settling the land first and paying for it later -- became national policy; however, supporting legislation was stymied until the secession of Southern states. See one of the first applications for land under this law. Teaching activities are included.

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U.S. History
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The Sioux Treaty of 1868
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This lesson examines Native American sovereignty and the Constitutional power granted to ...

This lesson examines Native American sovereignty and the Constitutional power granted to the president and the Senate to make treaties with foreign nations. The site presents the Treaty and related documents, including a photograph of the Indian leader, Spotted Tail. Explanatory text, materials for teachers, and links to further resources accompany the documents.

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U.S. History
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1897 Petition Against the Annexation of Hawaii
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This site recounts the struggle for control of Hawaii between native Hawaiians ...

This site recounts the struggle for control of Hawaii between native Hawaiians and American business interests in the late 1800s. This 1897 petition and a lobbying effort by native Hawaiians convinced the U.S. Congress not to annex the islands. But months later the U.S.S. Maine exploded in Havana and the Spanish-American War began. The U.S. needed a mid-Pacific fueling station and naval base.

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Woman Suffrage and the 19th Amendment
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This lesson plan looks at the 150th anniversary of the Seneca Falls ...

This lesson plan looks at the 150th anniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848, features historical documents about woman suffrage, and a script that the National Archives commissioned about the decades long struggle for a woman's right to vote. The site includes teaching activities and a list of related websites.

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Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
Political Science
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The Eighth Avenue trolley, New York City (1904)
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The Eighth Avenue trolley, New York City, sharing the street with horse-drawn ...

The Eighth Avenue trolley, New York City, sharing the street with horse-drawn produce wagon and an open automobile. Downtown, looking north (1904)

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Political Cartoons Illustrating Progressivism and the Election of 1912
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This site offers teaching activities, four political cartoons, and a narrative about ...

This site offers teaching activities, four political cartoons, and a narrative about reforms proposed by three major presidential candidates in 1912: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and Woodrow Wilson.

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Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
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1948: A Year of Decisions
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The 2008 Summer Teachers Conference focused on the year 1948. Lesson plans ...

The 2008 Summer Teachers Conference focused on the year 1948. Lesson plans created by teachers attending the conference and powerpoint presentations delivered by speakers are presented on this site.

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Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
World History
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National Archives and Records Administration
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Truman Presidential Library and Museum
Executive Order 9981: Desegregation of the Armed Forces (1948)
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On July 26, 1948, President Harry S. Truman signed this executive order ...

On July 26, 1948, President Harry S. Truman signed this executive order establishing the President's Committee on Equality of Treatment and Opportunity in the Armed Services, committing the U.S. government to integrating the segregated military. Read and see the document here.

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Arts and Humanities
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Reading
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The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
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This site provides a summary, history, and teaching activities related to the ...

This site provides a summary, history, and teaching activities related to the EEOC and this historic law, which forbade discrimination on the basis of sex as well as race in hiring, promoting, and firing.

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Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
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Photographs of the 369th Infantry and African Americans During World War I
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This site features an all-black regiment that rose to fame at a ...

This site features an all-black regiment that rose to fame at a time when the Army, federal workers, and other parts of society were segregated. The 369th Infantry, also known as the Harlem Hellfighters, was among the first regiments to arrive in France in 1917 after the U.S. declared war on Germany. Under the command of mostly white officers, the regiment spent 191 days in combat, longer than any other American unit, and emerged as one of the most highly decorated regiments during the Great War.

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U.S. History
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