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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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Maryland eight dollar note, April 10, 1774

Explore the history of Maryland, from Edgar Allen Poe to the War of 1812. [...] »

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, [...] »

Print, Stephen Decatur, c.1908-1919, Library of Congress

Historian Robert Allison details the life of Stephen Decatur (1779-1820), the [...] »

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Political Cartoon, A Scene on the Frontiers as Practiced by..., 1812, William Ch

A great way for students to learn more about the War of 1812 and our nation's [...] »

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 [...] »

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U.S. Naval History

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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. [...] »

Photograph negative, U.S.S. Neosho and other ships during Pearl Harbor attack, 7

When does a historical film go from "based on historical events" to total [...] »

Stephen Decatur and his men retaking the USS Philadelphia

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

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