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The Presidential Timeline of the 20th Century

This interactive website with digitized resources from 12 presidential libraries offers students a close-up look at key moments of a president's term.
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Letter by Stephen Decatur and Painting by Thomas Chambers Related to the War of 1812

This article pairs a textual document with a painting of the related 1812 sea battle, underscoring the value of visual images in fostering new insights about historic events, people, and ideas.
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A School-Wide Effort for Learning History via a Time Capsule

As an elementary school prepared to move to a larger building, the entire community joined together to create a time capsule for their counterparts of the future.

Constitution in Action

Students take on the roles of archivists and researchers when they study primary documents at the Constitution in Action Lab.

Researching the Viet Nam War Inside Viet Nam: U.S. Student Teachers Explore War Myths

Aiming to correct myths about the Viet Nam War, this author regularly leads groups of students to learn about the country firsthand.

Humanities and the Social Studies: Studying the Civil War through the Third Space

Blurring the boundaries between disciplines can yield notable results, as was demonstrated when an eighth-grade class approached history through literary activities.
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The Great Communicator Files

Students will learn a great deal about the process of presidential speechwriting when they study primary documents related to well-known speeches such as President Reagan's Omaha Beach Memorial Remarks.

Puritan Day: A Social Science Simulation

Eighth-grade students gain a greater understanding of social control and tyranny when they participate in a Puritan Day simulation.
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1889 Consular Dispatch from Baghdad

The featured document from the first U.S. consul in Baghdad serves as an excellent point of departure for studying the nineteenth century links between the United States and the Middle East.
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Lessons from History: Defining Moments in the American Presidency and Foreign Policy

A close look at two critical presidential moments of the twentieth century will help students grasp the significance of foreign policy in an election contest.
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