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Segregated America Lesson
Lesson plan examining the condition and aspirations of free African Americans in the years following the Civil War. Students will analyze primary source documents in order to identify social factors that led to the rise of Jim Crow segregation and evaluate the effects of segregation. This lesson is part of the online exhibition entitled Separate is Not Equal: Brown v. Board of Education.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Smithsonian In Your Classroom: Final Farewells: Signing a Yearbook on the Eve of the Civil War
In this issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom, students examine farewell messages written in an 1860 Rutgers College yearbook. The yearbook’s owner was a southerner at a northern college—a Texan who would die for the Confederacy. On close study, the messages to him reveal much about the complexities of this “brother's war.”
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Stamp Stories: Philatelic Images of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War
Webinar in which Smithsonian educator Jeff Meade uses images on stamps to create a collection based on the theme of Abraham Lincoln and Civil War history.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Systems at Work
Online version of an exhibition that traces the development of postal-delivery systems from the early nineteenth century to today. Each new system--from prepaid postage to ZIP codes to barcodes--is illustrated with a story in which we follow a letter or package from sender to recipient.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Thaddeus Lowe and Civil War Ballooning
Lesson plans based on the story of balloonist Lowe and his aerial reconnaissance work for the Union. The lessons can be used to introduce historical documents and other primary sources, and to address the question "How do we know what we know about history?"
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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The Gettysburg Address
Online exhibit telling the story of the Gettysburg Address by focusing on the last handwritten copy of the speech, a manuscript that usually resides in the Lincoln Bedroom of the White House. Includes background information, printable version of the manuscript, transcripts in English and Spanish, and an interactive document that features actor Liam Neeson reading the address.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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The Battleground-Separate and Unequal Education
Online exhibit showing how laws and customs led to separate and unequal education for people of color in the United States and the efforts made by citizens to guarantee equal education in the century before the Brown v. Board of Education decision. The Battleground: Separate and Unequal Education is the second section of the online exhibition entitled Separate is Not Equal: Brown v. Board of Education. Targets grades 6-12.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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The Brass Letters of Citizenship: Lincoln, African Americans and Military Service
Panel discussion about the issue of military segregation, specifically the African American military experience in the Civil War and the mid-19th century. The issue is brought into a modern context by comparing arguments surrounding the racial makeup of the military during the Civil War with arguments surrounding the “don’t ask, don’t tell policy.”
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Grade(s): General audience
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The Enduring Emancipation: From President Lincoln to President Obama
Webinar. Webinar in which the founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, Lonnie Bunch, discusses the Emancipation Proclamation and its legacy.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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The Mask of Lincoln Portfolio Set
Downloadable portfolio version of a National Portrait Gallery exhibition, "One Life: The Mask of Lincoln." Commentary accompanies ten iconic photographs.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12, General audience
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