1935 drawing of Steinbeck by James Fitzgerald. National Portrait Gallery.

John Steinbeck: A Voice for a Region, A Voice for America

This National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for Teachers held at the Steinbeck Institute, San Jose State University, contains a rich collection of scholarly essays, lesson plans, maps, and images covering Steinbeck's work and his world.

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iCivics

iCivics prepares young Americans to become knowledgeable, engaged 21st-century citizens by offering free and innovative educational materials in a game format with rich teaching materials and a comprehensive, standards-aligned civics curriculum.

Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, French sculptor who designed the Statue of Liberty, born

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Frederick Douglass makes his dramatic escape from slavery in Maryland

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  • Launchpad: Benjamin Franklin's Virtues

    Created July 6, 2012
    The Supreme Court by PBS

    PBS: The Supreme Court

    The Supreme Court is a four-part series examining the nation's highest court, from its earliest days until Bush v. Gore. The site features a series of lesson plans, learning games, interviews, and more.

    Lizzie Borden trial begins in New Bedford, MA

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    Slavery, the Crisis of the Union, the Civil War, and Reconstruction

    This is an expansive multidisciplinary collection of EDSITEment resources on the antebellum and Civil War era of American history.

    Literature of the Civil War

    Read and discuss some of the great American writers and their work in the mid-19th century. This feature explores the themes of slavery, the role of women, and the experience of war.

    Photograph of Elli Friedmann, April 1944

    Coming of Age in the Holocaust, Coming of Age Now

    Coming of Age in the Holocaust – Coming of Age Now is a free, interactive curriculum for middle and high-school students and their educators that features individual testimonies of thirteen people who were adolescents during the Holocaust.