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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Sheet music cover, Star spangled banner...

What does the flag mean in the terms of forging a cohesive U.S. identity? [...] »

Print, Decatur's conflict with Algerine at Tripoli, 1877, Alonzo Chappel, NYPL

Believe it or not, the U.S. wasn't always particularly supportive of increasing [...] »

Sheet music, The Star-Spangled Banner, 1814, Wikimedia Commons

In this lecture, American music historian David Hildebrand discusses the truth [...] »

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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? [...] »

Photo, Fort McHenry, c. 1980-2006, Carol Highsmith, Library of Congress

Eighth-grade American history educator Eric Langhorst introduces an interactive [...] »

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 [...] »

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U.S. Naval History

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Art, Auxliarist, Lew Jackson, U.S. Coast Guard

Who protects U.S. interests in international and domestic waters? [...] »

Oil painting of United States gunboat Owasco under full sail. LOC

We all know the role of the wagon in westward expansion, but what of ships? [...] »

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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