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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 »

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Discover sources on the presidency

Portrait of Lincoln holding a document in his left hand, facing slightly left.

Surf an animated timeline of Abraham Lincoln's life and times. [...] »

Photograph, Lyndon B. Johnson, portrait, facing left, June 1964, LoC.

What better way to explore Johnson's presidency than through the words of his [...] »

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

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

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Teaching Resources

Learn strategies for teaching the presidency

Lithograph, Abraham Lincoln of Illinois..., 1864, Gabriel Kaehrle, LOC

An interactive exploration of the decisions Abraham Lincoln had to make during [...] »

Kristina Frank of Eagle Ridge Middle School brings modern and historical [...] »

painting, George Washington, 1817, John Trumbull, Flickr CC

This website by the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery will help students analyze [...] »

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Test your presidential knowledge!

Photo, Lincoln Inaugural Bible, 2008, Michaela McNichol

The first day on the new job is difficult for everybody—including U.S. [...] »

Lithograph, "The Issue Joined," 1846, H.R. Robinson's Lith., Library of Congress

Fond or far-fetched, everyone has one—but as president, nicknames garner [...] »

Screencap, Daisy ad, 1964, Living Room Candidate, Museum of the Moving Image

Johnson, Goldwater, and the politics of fear. [...] »

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