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First Person Account: William Christie
Video about William G. Christie, a Union soldier from Minnesota. In this historical recreation, Christie relates his disgust over prejudice against black soldiers in his unit. This video accompanies The Price of Freedom: Americans at War online exhibit and is meant for use with the “Comparing Confederate and Union Soldiers” lesson plan. Targets grades 2-12.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): All grades
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General George Washington, Military Leader
Lesson plan using artifacts and a historical letter to discuss George Washington's leadership during the War of Independence and the qualities of great leaders. Includes background information, full-color primary sources, and a transcript of a letter about George Washington written by his officers. Targets grades 2-6.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Idealabs: U.S. Rationing During World War II
Online interactive in which students roll their cursor over elements of a painting to learn about home-front efforts during the war. Includes primary source images and a video from the Office of War Information.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Latino Patriots in American Military History
Curriculum tracing the history of Latino military heroes from the American War of Independence to the Vietnam War. Includes lesson plans, handouts, and activities. Bilingual English/Spanish.
Provider: Smithsonian Latino Center
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Leaving Things Behind
Lesson has students respond to a quote by a woman who was forced to move to a Japanese American internment camp during World War II. Questions, period photographs, quotes, and artifacts reveal the emotions of internment. Students consider what they would bring with them if they were being taken to an internment camp.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3
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Legends of the Human Spirit
Online exhibit showing how crises in American history have challenged Americans to adapt their conceptions about money and find creative solutions to economic problems. Discusses the use of paper money during the American Revolution, Confederate currency, and emergency currency used during the Great Depression. This highly interactive resource allows visitors to rotate and zoom in on objects for detailed examination. A glossary helps visitors understand challenging vocabulary.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Magazine Cover Gallery
Virtual gallery of World War II magazine covers in the “United We Stand Campaign” online exhibit. Themes include the war effort, the ideals that were fought for, the diverse audiences that were targeted, and the varying uses of cover design by different companies. Explore these subjects through the use of authentic magazine covers, objects from Smithsonian collections, a timeline, and brief video news clips.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 9–12
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Mail by Missile
Slideshow presentation where a curator describes an experimental mail service from 1959 using missiles to carry the mail. This was intended to show the Russians that our military capabilities were so advanced they could be used for peacetime operations.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Mail Call
Online version of an exhibition that traces the history of U.S. military postal systems since the Revolutionary War. Includes audio from a phonograph recording sent home during World War II and a reel-to-reel tape sent home from Vietnam.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Make your Own Fish Kite
Lesson has students make their own fish kites called koinobori. Koinobori are an important expression of Japanese culture that became an important part of life for children in Japanese American internment camps during World War II. Part of the resource “Life in a WWII Japanese American Internment Camp.”
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3
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