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National Constitution Center

The National Constitution Center is an independent, non-partisan, and non-profit organization dedicated to increasing public understanding of, and appreciation for, the Constitution, its history, and its contemporary relevance.

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Electing America’s Presidents

Every four years American citizens make one of their most serious choices as a people when they vote for president. EDSITEment has lessons about some of the most important and dramatic presidential elections in the early decades of the republic. These lessons not only give students opportunities to read significant primary sources authored by the candidates and others but also the path to a better understanding of the historical context of these races.

A New Nation Votes: American Election Returns 1787-1825

A New Nation Votes is a searchable collection of election returns from the earliest years of American democracy. The data were compiled by Philip Lampi. The American Antiquarian Society and Tufts University Digital Collections and Archives have mounted it online for you with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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A New Nation Votes: American Election Returns 1787-1825

A New Nation Votes is a searchable collection of election returns from the earliest years of American democracy. The American Antiquarian Society and Tufts University Digital Collections and Archives have mounted it online for you with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Cultures of Independence: Perspectives on Independence Hall and the Meaning of Freedom

Teacher developed lessons and videos from the 2015 NEH workshop offered by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania on Independence Hall and its ongoing role in creating a national and civil life.

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"Created Equal"

NEH initiative of five outstanding films on the long civil rights movement .  The website contains five complete films, background essays, and a teachers' resource section with film clips, primary source documents, and lesson plans.

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Constitutionally Speaking

Constitutionally Speaking, a collaboration of the New Hampshire Humanities Council and several New Hampshire nonprofit organizations offers a suite of civics resources for K–12 teachers, including award-winning lesson plans and videos on the nation's founding document and its application in 21st-century America.

  • The Preamble to the Constitution: A Close Reading Lesson

    Created July 8, 2014
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    The Preamble is the introduction to the United States Constitution and like all good introductions it serves several purposes. First of all, it states the source from which the Constitution gets its authority: the sovereign people of the United States. Second, it sets forth the great objects or ends that the Constitution and the government that it establishes are meant to serve.

  • The Argument of the Declaration of Independence

    Created June 23, 2014
    The Argument of the Declaration of Independence

    Long before the first shot was fired, the American Revolution began as a series of written complaints to colonial governors and representatives in England over the rights of the colonists.