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Presidents Day

How can we learn what past presidents thought and felt? Reading presidential letters gives students a chance to "hear" the professional and personal voices of presidents. FIND OUT MORE »

Learning Resources

Discover sources on the presidency

Map, A map of the British and French dominions in..., 1755, J. Mitchell, LoC.

Follows Jefferson's life, political participation, and accumulation of [...] »

Photograph, Truman with 67th Birthday.., May 8, 1951, Abbie Rowe, Truman Library

Government documents, oral histories, photographs, and political cartoons trace [...] »

Photo, President Nixon (right) meets with staff, 1970, Nixon Library, NARA.

What was the nature of Nixon and Echeverria's political relationship? [...] »

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Teaching Resources

Learn strategies for teaching the presidency

Photo, Camp X-Ray, Craig P. Strawser, January 8, 2006, Navy.mil

An 8th-grade teacher gets to the big picture via a specific historical case. [...] »

Photo, Funeral Dignitaries in front of Lincoln's Home, 1865, Lincoln library

This lesson leads students to see how Lincoln's life in Springfield influenced [...] »

FDR during a 1933 Fireside Chat. LOC

High school teacher Joe Jelen combines roleplaying and critical analysis— [...] »

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Quizzes

Test your presidential knowledge!

"Photograph of Kennedy Family with Dogs During a Weekend. . . ," 1963, NARA

Think the mudslinging in modern campaigns is bad? Campaigns have always been " [...] »

Print, Dividing the national map, 1860, Library of Congress

What can historical election maps tell us? Take a look at the electoral vote [...] »

Cover, Puck, Baby, kiss papa good-bye, Feb. 24, 1909, S.D. Ehrhart, LoC

Even American presidents were babies once! [...] »

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