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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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Screencap, HISTORY.com

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

Maryland eight dollar note, April 10, 1774

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

Print, Death of Tecumseh, c.1846, N. Currie, LoC

Professor David Henkin examines the ongoing war between Native American nations [...] »

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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 [...] »

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

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

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

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. [...] »

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? [...] »

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