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15 Resources for Veterans Day

Veterans Day memorial service, large group of troops at parade rest
On November 11, 1918, the Great War came to an official end with the signing of the armistice between the Allied forces (Great Britain, France and the United States) and Germany.  One year later President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first Armistice Day to honor the soldiers who died fighting for their country in that war.Read More »
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Teaching Advertisements as Primary Sources

Ad for Coca-Cola, 1890s
Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising. —Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s CourtRead More »
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Re-imagining “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”

John Quidor, "The Headless Horseman Pursuing Ichabod Crane," 1858. Smithsonian
We never bury the dead, son. We take them with us. It's the price of living. — “The Golem” episode, Sleepy Hollow television series.Washington Irving was one of the most beloved and influential writers in 19th-century America. His timeless story, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” concerns the fate of a gullible and self-centered schoolteacher, Ichabod Crane.Read More »
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Connecting the Past and Present with the Immigrant Stories Project

Three women using PC for video session
Elizabeth Venditto, Ph.D., is an immigration historian and manages the Immigrant Stories project at the Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota.*Read More »
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