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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 »

Learning Resources

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Illustration, The Magazine in Battle, A Sailor's Life for Me!

Explore Old Ironsides—live the life of a ship's boy or learn about the [...] »

Sketch, Male and Female Dolphins, 1796, Benjamin H. Latrobe, MD Hist. Society

Whether you're bolstering your teaching of local history or the War of 1812, [...] »

Screencap, HISTORY.com

HISTORY.com looks at the War of 1812 in eight short videos. [...] »

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

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

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 [...] »

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

Watercolor, USS Providence, 1965, Arthur Beaumont, U.S. Navy Art Collection.

Teach U.S. Navy history using photographs, paintings, documents, oral [...] »

Stephen Decatur and his men retaking the USS Philadelphia

Two letters from 1800 Tripoli lead into a story of piracy, privateering, [...] »

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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