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In this Lesson Plan Review, students analyze primary and secondary sources describing an encounter between the Lewis and Clark expedition and a Native American tribe. The lesson overall is a great way to encourage students to work collaboratively to analyze this important historical interaction from multiple perspectives. FIND OUT MORE »

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Lithograph, Abraham Lincoln of Illinois..., 1864, Gabriel Kaehrle, LOC

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Print, The first battle near Manturia [i.e. Manchuria], c. 1919, LoC

Explore the rise of animosity between the U.S. and Japan through primary source [...] »

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World Digital Library home page

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Constitution of the United States

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Marginalia, CHNM

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Photo, Percoco at Gettysburg, James Percoco

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Photo, Candid Camera, 1939-1940, New York Public Library

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Photography, Parade 1960, Flickr CC

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Chicago Daily News negatives collection, DN-0086141. Chicago History Mus.

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Poster, Clough, S.T., 1938, 4300 Euclid, Library of Congress

The socio-cultural impact of historic events or time periods and the interpretation through various forms of media. [...] »

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