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War of 1812 Bicentennial

Francis Scott Key wrote "The Star-Spangled Banner" during the War of 1812. A lesson plan from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History introduces students to the war and asks them to analyze the national anthem as a primary source. FIND OUT MORE »

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Statue of Tecumseh at the Naval Academy

Historians have attempted to account for the great admiration that whites had [...] »

Screencapture, Jerry Crimmins on Fort Dearborn

The Pritzker Military Library website features Chicago's prize-winning [...] »

Engraving, Koohassen, guerrier de la nation Oneida, Bonfils, c. 1801, NYPL

Meet the Oneida, and discover their role in the Revolutionary War and War of [...] »

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Photo, USS Constitution, Jul. 4, 2011, AN HONORABLE GERMAN, Flickr

How much do your students know about the War of 1812? Find resources on the [...] »

Photo, USS Constitution, Jun. 24, 2007, hyperion327, Flickr

Earlier this year, we looked at what historic sites were doing to celebrate the [...] »

Print, This view of his majesty's ship Shannon, Aug. 1813, Robert Dodd, LoC

How do textbooks from different countries treat the War of 1812? [...] »

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U.S. Naval History

Learn about the U.S. at sea

Map, Nova totius terrarum, 1635?, Willem J. Blaeu, The New York Public Library.

Explore the mid-Atlantic region with more than 1,852 maps created before 1850. [...] »

Photo, Crew members man-the-rails. . . , 2009, Tiffini Jones Vanderwyst, Navy

Learn the basic steps to building and commissioning a Navy vessel. [...] »

Oil on canvas, Gun Crew. . . , 1940-42, McClelland Barclay, U.S. Navy

Who defends our seas, and how do they do it? Explore primary sources and more. [...] »

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