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The Grand Emporium App

The Grand Emporium tells the story of Fort Vancouver: the hub, in the mid-1800s, of the Hudson’s Bay Company’s fur trading empire and the early end of the Oregon Trail. This app for iOS and Android tablets is designed as a classroom tool for middle school history and social studies activities and discussions about the 19th-century frontier. (Available at iTunes and Google Play.)

Program for March on Washington

Our Documents

To help us think, talk and teach about the rights and responsibilities of citizens in our democracy, the National Archives invites you to explore 100 milestone documents of American history. These documents reflect our diversity and our unity, our past and our future, and mostly our commitment as a nation to continue to strive to "form a more perfect union."

  • David Walker vs. John Day: Two Nineteenth-Century Free Black Men

    Created January 23, 2014
    David Walker vs. John Day: David Walker's "Appeal"

    In this lesson, students examine the contrasting view of two free black men in nineteenth century America abolitionist David Walker and black nationalist John Day. After reviewing background information and primary sources about the two polices, students will argue for or against the most beneficial policy for nineteenth-century African Americans.

    Robert Smalls

    "The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross"

    Explore the evolution of the African American people in this six-part documentary presented by Henry Louis Gates Jr. Discover the how they forged their own history, culture, and society against unimaginable odds.

    Visual Culture of the American Civil War

    Produced by the American Social History Project, City University of New York, and funded through NEH's Summer Seminars Program, this resource provides multimedia presentations by historians, art historians, and archivists that are accompanied by archival images; primary documents illuminating aspects of the subject; and a bibliography of books, articles, and online resources.

  • Using Historic Digital Newspapers for National History Day

    Created August 15, 2013
    National History Day

    In this lesson, students will examine a preselected set of newspaper articles drawn from the Chronicling America website. They will determine the right each article illustrates and the responsibility that comes with that right.

    Boundaries of Apalachee Province in the Florida Panhandle

    thinkFlorida.org

    thinkFlorida.org is designed to bring the study of Florida into the classrooms. Created by the Florida Humanities Council, it combines articles written by distinguished humanities scholars with ideas and lesson plans from Florida teachers. Contains maps, photographs, and audio-visual resources. 

    Veterans History Project

    Veteran’s History Project

    The Project is an on-going oral history project from the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, dedicated to collecting and preserving the experiences of thousands of American veterans. It also includes the stories of U.S. citizen civilians actively involved in supporting the war effort.

    Albert Einstein

    PBS: "The Jewish Americans"

    David Grubin’s landmark documentary series explores 350 years of Jewish American history. This story chronicles the struggle of a tiny minority who make their way into the American mainstream while, at the same time, maintaining a sense of their own identity as Jews. It includes essays on Jewish Life in America, video clips, and resources for educators.

    PBS: "The Jewish Americans"

    David Grubin’s landmark documentary series explores 350 years of Jewish American history. This quintessentially American story chronicles the struggle of a tiny minority who make their way into the American mainstream while, at the same time, maintaining a sense of their own identity as Jews. It includes essays on Jewish life in America, video clips, and resources for educators.