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The "Star-Spangled Banner" is a crucial emblem of the United States. However, do you know the origins of the very first American flag or the actual meaning of Francis Scott Key's lyrics? This website produced by the Smithsonian Institute can be used in a variety of ways to teach students about this important national icon. FIND OUT MORE »

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Photograph, A cigarette machine is indeed intricate, 1939, Library of Va:SC.

Houses more than 1.2 million items on Virginia and life in the South. [...] »

Photo. Nixon, Pat, Patricia McBride and Edward Villella of New York City Ballet

Barbara Streisand, Mao Zedong, Elvis, and Nixon—now all in one place. [...] »

Daguerreotype, Solomon N. Carvalho, 1850, Incidents of Travel and..., LoC.

An impressive website for the study of Jews and Judaism in the United States. [...] »

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Photo, Shoveling snow away from the movie entrance, Chillicothe, Ohio, Feb. 1940

When was this winter photo taken? See what clues you can spot! [...] »

Who went west when? Answer questions about migration from 1935 to 2000. [...] »

Data visualization, word tree, Many Eyes

How does the Constitution measure up to other important documents in U.S. [...] »

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Broadside, A card, New York, 1774, LoC, rbpe 10700100

What were the causes of the American Revolution? They were more complicated [...] »

Print, For the Sunny South. An Airship. . . , 1913, Library of Congress

The fight against segregation and its discriminatory practices does not begin [...] »

Eddie Adams, Vietcong shooting prisoner cropped

American historians have depicted the Tet Offensive as the turning point for U. [...] »

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LSD, Featuring the Mad Hatter, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency

How did recreational drug use grow into a U.S. drug culture? How did it become [...] »

Photo, Cool Art, August 3, 2006, themusediffuse, Flickr, creative commons

Watch videos on jazz and opera history, courtesy of the National Endowment of [...] »

Negative, Dinsmore, Frances. Of Smithsonian. . . , 1915, Harris & Ewing, LoC

What can 19 museums, nine research centers, and the National Zoo offer your [...] »

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Drawing, European Fort in Western Africa, The Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Lif

Slavery in colonial America was not an exclusively Southern institution. [...] »

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