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West Point in the Making of America, 1802-1918
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These activities will have student look at the history of the U.S. ...

These activities will have student look at the history of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, its contributions to American history, and accomplishments of selected West Point graduates. Proposed by George Washington in 1783 and created 20 years later, West Point became an important American institution before the Civil War.

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U.S. History
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Establishing Borders: The Expansion of the United States, 1846-48
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This site offers geography and history activities showing how two years in ...

This site offers geography and history activities showing how two years in history had an indelible impact on American politics and culture. Students interpret historical maps, identify territories acquired by the U.S., identify states later formed from these territories, examine the territorial status of Texas, and identify political, social, and economic issues related to the expansion of the U.S. in the 1840s.

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U.S. History
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African American Artists: Education and Equity
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How did African American artists respond to cultural and educational opportunities? This ...

How did African American artists respond to cultural and educational opportunities? This portion of the Affirmation Today module explains the cultural impact of Supreme Court decisions on the African American community.

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African American Artists: Masking Matters
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How did the Harlem Renaissance influence African American artists? This portion of ...

How did the Harlem Renaissance influence African American artists? This portion of the Affirmation Today module explains the conscious attempt to express ancestral heritage and racial pride through art.

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African American Artists: My People, Our People
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How can art, music, and literature combine to provide a multifaceted view ...

How can art, music, and literature combine to provide a multifaceted view of the African American experience? This portion of the Affirmation Today module explores the diverse experiences of and cultural connections among African Americans and how African Americans influenced and contributed to American Culture.

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Literature
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African American Artists: Myth and Modern Society
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How have contemporary African American artists incorporated classical mythology in their art? ...

How have contemporary African American artists incorporated classical mythology in their art? This portion of the Affirmation Today module explores how myths transcend time and place and how mythology is used as commentary on experience.

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American Jazz Heritage
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America's Jazz Heritage Website is part of a project generated by a ...

America's Jazz Heritage Website is part of a project generated by a partnership of the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund and the Smithsonian Institution that is focused on the preservation and presentation of the history of jazz. This site includes audio clips, interviews, schedules of exhibitions and performances, extensive bibliographies, and links to related sites.

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American Landscapes
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What can paintings of American landscape tell us about the American experience ...

What can paintings of American landscape tell us about the American experience and geography? This tour of twelve great American lanscapes highlights paintings and vistas from the rocky shores of Maine to the Sierra Nevada mountains in California.

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The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden
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This site examines the job of a president, the balance of power ...

This site examines the job of a president, the balance of power with the Supreme Court and Congress, and ways presidents have communicated with the public. Features include the battle sword of George Washington, the lap desk on which Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, and the top hat worn by Abraham Lincoln the night he was assassinated.

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Art and Literature
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How are poetry and American art interrelated? This guide pairs American artworks ...

How are poetry and American art interrelated? This guide pairs American artworks with the lives and poems of the nation's most revered poets including William Cullen Bryant, Walt Whitman, Ralph Waldo Emerson, William Carlos Williams, and Charles Olson.

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Art and the Electromagnetic Spectrum
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How do museum conservators apply science to analyze the condition of an ...

How do museum conservators apply science to analyze the condition of an artwork? This lesson will help students understand applications of electromagnetic radiation in art conservation.

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Arte y Cultura Latino: El cruce de culturas y la mezcla de influencias
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ŔCu‡les son las fuentes hist—ricas, sociales, y culturales que informan al trabajo ...

ŔCu‡les son las fuentes hist—ricas, sociales, y culturales que informan al trabajo de las artistas latinoamericano? Esta porci—n del m—dulo de Arte y Cultura Latino describe ra’ces culturales del Latino de una mezcla rica de fuentes europeas, ind’genas, y africanas.

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Arte y Cultura Latino: La expresi—n de cuestiones de interŽs social
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ŔCu‡les son las fuentes hist—ricas y culturales que informan al contenido social ...

ŔCu‡les son las fuentes hist—ricas y culturales que informan al contenido social de la obra de los artistas latinos? Esta porci—n del m—dulo de Arte y Cultura Latino examina el movimiento chicano en los Estados Unidos.

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Arte y Cultura Latino: La nueva vida en los Estados Unidos
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ŔCu‡les son los factores hist—ricos que influyen sobre las modalidades de migraci—n ...

ŔCu‡les son los factores hist—ricos que influyen sobre las modalidades de migraci—n e inmigrac—n a los Estados Unidos de la poblaci—n de origen latinoamericano? Esta porci—n del m—dulo de Arte y Cultura Latino describe c—mo se han adaptado los latinos a su Nuevo entorno, desde la perspective de los artistas mexicano-americanos, puertorrique–os y cubano-americanos.

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Arte y Cultura Latino: La tradici—n art’stica del Sudoeste
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ŔCu‡les son las influencias hist—ricas en el desarrollo de las tradiciones art’sticas ...

ŔCu‡les son las influencias hist—ricas en el desarrollo de las tradiciones art’sticas del sudoeste? Esta porci—n del m—dulo de Arte y Cultura Latino explica c—mo la tradici—n de los santos reflejo de los valores culturales del pasado y presente.

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At Home on the Prairie
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The Western landscape which George Catlin encountered on his travels was dominated ...

The Western landscape which George Catlin encountered on his travels was dominated by the great expanse of the tall and short grass prairies. Home to countless species of plant and animal life, the great prairies once spanned millions of acres across North America. Today less than ten percent of the complex ecosystem remains, largely under the protection of parks and nature preserves. In this lesson students will gain an understanding of the interdependence of living organisms on the prairie and the fragility of their existence by investigating life on the prairie and relating their findings to their own experience.

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Be a Movie Director -- Game
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Find the right vehicles for a new movie from the America on ...

Find the right vehicles for a new movie from the America on the Move collection, then watch the movie that you’ve created on the big screen. See how much you know about the history of transportation with the interactive games in this online collection. You can find information, artifacts and photographs in the collection as well.

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U.S. History
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Botany and Art: Their Roles in Conservation
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Students are introduced to the work of botanists and botanical illustrators, and ...

Students are introduced to the work of botanists and botanical illustrators, and specifically to their race to make records of endangered plant species around the world. Students examine illustrations, photographs, and dried specimens of endangered plants and consider the conservation value of an illustration over a photographic image. In a second session, students try their own hands at botanical illustration and follow the methods of a Smithsonian staff illustrator. Pencils, markers, tracing paper, and access to a photocopier are required.

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Botany
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Botany & Art and Their Roles in Conservation
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The lessons in this issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom introduce the ...

The lessons in this issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom introduce the work of botanists and botanical illustrators, specifically their race to make records of endangered plant species around the world. “Very little of the world’s flora has been fully studied,” says one Smithsonian botanist, “and time is running out.” In the first lesson, students gets to know six endangered plants. They examine illustrations, photographs, and dried specimens of the plants as they consider this question: If a scientist can take a picture of a plant, are there advantages in having an illustration? They go on to consider some of the big questions that botanists themselves must ask: Which of these species are most in need of conservation efforts? Are any of these plants more worth saving than others?In the second lesson, the students try their own hands at botanical illustration, following the methods of a Smithsonian staff illustrator. All that is required for the lesson are pencils, markers, tracing paper, and access to a photocopier.

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Life Science
Botany
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Forestry and Agriculture
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Campfire Stories with George Catlin: An Encounter of Two Cultures
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In this lesson students will learn about the varying attitudes and definitions ...

In this lesson students will learn about the varying attitudes and definitions of land ownership held by Native and European Americans by studying a variety of primary documents from the nineteenth century. They will learn about how various treaties—the Homestead Act and the Dawes Act—affected both Native and European Americans. Students will discuss these issues in the form of a debate, and will also write journal entries.

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