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

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

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

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

Watercolor, c. 1815, Guerriere and Constitution, Garneray, USS Constitution Mus.

Get classroom attention by using the "swashbuckling" history of the USS [...] »

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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 [...] »

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

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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 [...] »

Photo, Lake Michigan Sunrise, October 13, 2009, Indy Kethdy, Flickr

Delve into Wisconsin's maritime history. Discover the multiple ways in which [...] »

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

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

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