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

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

Screencapture, A Spiteful Souvenir

This short video from the Library of Congress takes a look at a rather [...] »

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

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

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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 [...] »

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

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

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U.S. Naval History

Learn about the U.S. at sea

Stephen Decatur and his men retaking the USS Philadelphia

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

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? [...] »

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

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

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