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Young American Heroes: True Stories of Young People in U.S. History

Young American Heroes tells stories of ordinary young people who have done extraordinary things in American history. Visitors can add to the stories already told here. Educators (teachers, parents, home-school learning coaches) can allow their students to use all of the video, graphic novel, and other tools available on the site for creating new story materials. The stories of these young American heroes are told on this website as well as through television programs shown on some PBS stations. This site includes graphic novel versions of the stories, selected videos, graphic novels, and other story materials that other users have created.

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Young American Heroes: True Stories of Young People in U.S. History

Young American Heroes tells stories of ordinary young people who have done extraordinary things in American history. Television programs featuring these young heroes can also be viewed here. The website enables visitors to add to these stories using  video, graphic novel, and other tools. The graphic novel versions of the stories are freely available for downloading, reading on screen, or printing out. The site also features selected videos, graphic novels, and other story materials that other users have created.

War of 1812 begins

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Picturing U.S. History

Picturing United States History: An Interactive Resource for Teaching with Visual Evidence is an NEH funded digital project based on the belief that visual materials are vital to understanding the American past. This website provides online "Lessons in Looking," a guide to Web resources, forums, essays, reviews, and classroom activities to help teachers incorporate visual evidence into their classrooms. The Picturing U.S. History site will also serve as a clearing house for teachers interested in incorporating visual documents into their U.S. history, American studies, American literature, or other humanities courses.

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Picturing U.S. History

Picturing United States History, an NEH-funded project is based on the belief that visual materials are vital to understanding the American past. The website provides online "Lessons in Looking," a guide to Web resources, forums, essays, reviews, and classroom activities to help teachers incorporate visual evidence into the classroom. The site also serves as a clearing house for incorporating visual documents into their U.S. history, American studies, literature, and other humanities courses.

Author of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” novelist Harriet Beecher Stowe born

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Murder on Beacon Hill: The Parkman Murder

A gaming app based on an infamous murder in 19th-century Boston. A week before Thanksgiving, 1849, Dr. George Parkman, one of the richest men in Boston, went missing. Professor John Webster was arrested and put on trial for the murder. A superb history game.

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U.S. State and Territory Online Encyclopedias

This collection of free, authoritative source information about the history, politics, geography, and culture of the states of Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia and the territories of Puerto Rico and Guam; updated regularly to ensure that they are accurate and accessible. The editors are continually adding new entries, photographs, and maps so check back frequently to see what's new.

First wagon train sets out for the Pacific Northwest on the Oregon Trail

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