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Our 16th President

Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.  ~ Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address, November 19,1863 Have you been to the movies recently? There is a new historical drama film being shown throughout the country about our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. The film covers the final four months […]

Go West!

Imagine you live in the United States during the 1840s. Many of your friends and family members have packed up all of their belongings and headed west. What would you do? A few decades after the colonists gained their independence from Great Britain, the United States doubled in size with the 1803 Louisiana Purchase. By […]

The War of 1812

During this second war for independence, Francis Scott Key penned the Star Spangled Banner, an opposition power invaded and burned the capital of the United States, Washington, DC, and a future president, Andrew Jackson, became a war hero. Almost thirty years after the colonies successfully defeated Great Britain and gained their independence, tensions over impressment, […]

Taking to the Sky: A Look at Aviation’s Heroes

The air up there in the clouds is very pure and fine, bracing and delicious. And why shouldn’t it be? — it is the same the angels breathe. ~ Mark Twain, Roughing It, Chapter XXII, 1886. Throughout the years and around the world, men and women have been fascinated by the prospect of flight. Take […]

The Washington Monument: A Tribute to Our First President

There is nothing which can better deserve our patronage than the promotion of science and literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness. ~ George Washington, address to Congress, January 8, 1790 The Washington Monument was built to honor George Washington as a tribute to his military leadership during the American […]

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Civil War: 1862

One hundred fifty years ago, the United States was embroiled in a bitter civil war. After the 1860 presidential election of Abraham Lincoln, eleven states seceded from the United States to form the Confederate States of America. In April 1861, hostilities began when Confederate forces attacked the Union controlled Fort Sumter in South Carolina. By […]

Families of the Past: American Indians

What was it like to be a member of a traditional American Indian family before and during the time that European settlers arrived in the New World? In this lesson students will explore the rich culture and history of Native American family life by using interactive maps and activities, reading first-hand accounts and traveling virtually […]

Prohibition

On December 18, 1917, Congress passed the Eighteenth Amendment prohibiting the manufacture, sale, or transportation of alcoholic beverages. For a brief time, the amendment worked. Consumption of alcohol and the number of drunken arrests declined. However, the amendment’s success was short lived. Disobedience grew and the demand for illegal alcohol increased organized crime. What led […]

Patriotic Songs

You are in the arena to see a basketball game. After the teams warm up, they go back to their side of the court and stand in a line. A singer walks up to the microphone, all eyes turn to the lighted flag, people in the audience take off their hats and rise. Why do […]

All Aboard the Underground Railroad

As Harriet Tubman led the group of runaway slaves to the clearing, she pointed to a brick house across the river. “There,” she said, “that’s where freedom lies. Mr. Coffin and his wife will watch over you as you rest.” Levi and Catherine Coffin’s house was an important stop on the Underground Railroad. Conductor Tubman […]

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