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Behind the Designs
Online exhibit considers what makes a good magazine cover design. The cover designs behind popular magazines published during World War II invite comparison of the artistic and design philosophies behind the magazines and how they were the “United We Stand” campaign to generate support for the war effort.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 9–12
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Bright Stars and Broad Stripes Teacher Guide for the Classroom Videos
Teacher's guide for a 12-minute video about the Star Spangled Banner featuring Mary Pickersgill (a historical figure with a fictional monologue), who speaks about the War of 1812, the process of creating the garrison flag over Fort McHenry, and thoughts about the meaning of the flag. Includes suggested extension activities and lyrics to the complete “Star Spangled Banner” song. Targets grades K-5.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Civil War 150: National Portrait Gallery
Website brings together online exhibits commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Includes video interviews with scholars and images of war-related objects from around the Smithsonian.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): General audience
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Civil War Studies at the Smithsonian Associates
Comprehensive website for the study of the Civil War includes articles, book reviews, play reviews, Civil War trivia, online tours of historic landmarks, links, and information about in-person historical tours. Perfect for the history buff looking for in-depth information.
Provider: The Smithsonian Associates
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Conflicting Voices of the Mexican War
Lesson plan outlining topics for short research projects and classroom performances related to the Mexican War. Students will select individuals or groups connected to the war, conduct research, then interview each other’s fictional characters to show the disparate views on the motivations behind the war and perspectives on its outcomes.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 9–12
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Document Deep Dive: A Holocaust Survivor Finds Hope in America
Online primary source: the immigration records of a boy who escaped the Holocaust by hiding in a Polish wood.
Provider: Smithsonian Magazine
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Grade(s): 9–12, General audience
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Document Deep Dive: Harry Truman's Adorable Love
Online primary source: a letter sent to Bess on the Trumans' 38th anniversary, in 1957. Harry recounts his memory of each previous anniversary in such one-line summaries as "Korea--a terrible time" and "Key West--a very happy day." Annotated by an archivist at the Truman Library.
Provider: Smithsonian Magazine
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Grade(s): 9–12, General audience
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Document Deep Dive: What Did the Zimmermann Telegram Say?
Online primary source: the coded message that proposed a German-Mexican alliance in World War I (and that helped to bring the U.S. into the war). Annotated with comments by historian David Kahn.
Provider: Smithsonian Magazine
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Fast Attacks and Boomers: Submarines in the Cold War
Online exhibit reviewing the early history of submarines and their radical transformation after World War II. Learn how submarines were built, how they work, and what they do and the stories of submariners and their families. Includes a Cold War timeline.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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First Person Account: Clarence Sasser
Video of Vietnam veteran and Medal of Honor recipient, Clarence Sasser, recounting his war experience. This video accompanies The Price of Freedom: Americans at War online exhibit and is meant for use with the “The Soldiers Experience” lesson plan. Targets grades 2 – 12.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): All grades
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