Nakahama Manjirō (中濱 万次郎) the first Japanese national to emigrate to America, born

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Herman Melville boards the New Bedford whaleship the Acushnet bound for the South Pacific

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Students learning about Ute cultural artifact

National Native American Heritage Month

November is National Native American Heritage month. What better way to celebrate it than to sample the culture and explore the history of some groups within the 4.3 million people who identify themselves as Native American in the United States?

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Mapping Thoreau Country

This website, developed partially through funds from MassHumanities, is an interactive cartographic exploration of Thoreau's itineraries and mapmaking in his home state of Massachusetts. Includes essays, illustrations, and links to further information.

The great presidential puzzle / J.A. Wales

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.

Benny Carter Jazz Appreciation Month poster, 2016

Jazz Appreciation Month 2016: Benny Carter and Democracy

Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) was created by the National Museum of American History in 2002 to celebrate the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz. Each year the museum picks a major musician to commemorate.

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  • Henry “Box” Brown’s Narrative: Creating Original Historical Fiction

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    Cartoon of man playing polo in a wheelchair

    Disability History Museum

    This site hosts a library of virtual artifacts, education curricula, and museum exhibits (forthcoming). These programs are designed to foster research and study about the historical experiences of people with disabilities and their communities.