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National Archives and Records Administration: 86 Resources

1897 Petition Against the Annexation of Hawaii recounts the struggle for control of Hawaii between native Hawaiians and American business interests in the late 1800s. This 1897 petition and a lobbying effort by native Hawaiians...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire provides photos, letters, and other documents about one of the most devastating natural disasters in U.S. history. Although it lasted only about a minute, the quake and its fires left...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
9/11 Commission Records provides official documents from the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States. Congress created the "9/11 Commission," as it was called, to provide a "full and...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
A Date Which Will Live in Infamy shows the typewritten draft of the December 8, 1941, speech in which Franklin Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war on Japan. The draft shows Roosevelt's hand-written edits...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Affidavit and Flyers from the Chinese Boycott Case introduces students to one instance in which immigrants overcame the ramifications of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 through the U.S. judicial system. This lesson correlates to the...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Alexander Graham Bell's Patent for the Telephone and Thomas Edison's Patent for the Electric Lamp introduces students to significant inventions of the late 19th century and examines the power of Congress to pass laws related to the granting of patents. It correlates to the...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
America's Founding Fathers features biographies of delegates at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in May 1787. The 55 delegates had been sent by the 13 states to revise the Articles of...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Anti-Railroad Propaganda Poster: The Growth of Regionalism, 1800-1860 uses a poster decrying the disruptive influence of railroads on local culture to launch a discussion on local differences and their effect on American politics. Explanatory text...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Baseball: The National Pastime in the National Archives eBook covers of the role of baseball during the two world wars, contract disputes, civil rights, equal access and opportunity on and off the playing field, the steroids era, the universal...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Building an Archives describes the adventure of acquiring, researching, and displaying important documents of the nation housed by the National Archives. The site also has a discussion of how students can...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Celebrate Constitution Day is a month-long celebration of the U.S. Constitution. A pre-recorded discussion examines the impact of today's high-speed communications and instantaneous news on constitutional...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Charters of Freedom features primary documents that shaped U.S. history. See images of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights. Learn about the Articles of Confederation...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Civil War and Reconstruction (1850-1877) provides documents and images for learning about "fugitive from labor" cases and black soldiers in the Civil War. The site includes Civil War photos by Mathew Brady and letters...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Congress Establishes Thanksgiving describes the various resolutions and proclamations that established and shaped Thanksgiving...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Constitution of the U.S. recounts how the Constitution was created and ratified. Learn about the Bill of Rights. Read biographies of the Founding Fathers -- the 55 delegates who gathered in Philadelphia (May...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Constitutional Issues: Separation of Powers explores the important Constitutional mechanism providing for the separation of powers of government among three branches so that each branch checks the other two. Lesson plans use the...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Constitutional Issues: Watergate and the Constitution examines Constitutional issues surrounding the resignation of President Nixon and looks at the specific question: Should the Watergate Special Prosecutor seek an indictment of the...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Court Documents Related to Martin Luther King, Jr., and Memphis Sanitation Workers provides fliers and other documents related to the demonstration in Memphis on March 28, 1968. On that day, students near the end of the march broke windows of businesses. Looting...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Deadly Virus: The Influenza Epidemic of 1918 provides photos, letters, and other documents from the flu outbreak that attacked one fifth of the world's population and killed an estimated 50 million people...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Document Analysis Worksheets are designed for students to use when analyzing photos, maps, cartoons, posters, artifacts, sound recordings, motion pictures, and written documents (memos, news articles, ads...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Documents Related to Churchill and FDR examines the friendship and working relations that developed between U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill beginning in 1940. Their...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Eli Whitney's Patent for the Cotton Gin provides facsimile reproductions of the handwritten patent application and its accompanying drawing, together with explanatory text and lesson plans. This lesson correlates to the...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Emancipation Proclamation Commemorative Coloring Book provides an overview of the history of the Emancipation Proclamation for children and coloring pages featuring Abraham Lincoln and notable African Americans, including Frederick...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Expansion and Reform (1801-1868) features documents, maps, and images for learning about the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the growth of regionalism, the Amistad case, Lincoln's "spot resolutions," the Treaty of...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Eyewitness Accounts features more than a dozen moments in history -- Washington's worry that Britain was spreading smallpox among American troops (1775), Jefferson's observations of the French revolution...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
FDR's Fireside Chat on the Purposes and Foundations of the Recovery Program presents the text of one of Franklin Roosevelt's "fireside chats" with the American people. In this 07/24, 1933, radio broadcast, he addressed issues of the Great Depression and...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
FDR's First Inaugural Address: Declaring War on the Great Depression provides photos from that time. It includes Franklin Roosevelt's first inaugural address, in which he said, "I shall ask the Congress for the one remaining instrument to meet the...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Fugitive from Labor Cases: Henry Garnett and Moses Honner encourages students to analyze historic documents related to two fugitive slave cases and determine the impact events of the period 1850 to 1860 had on them. The Henry Garnett and...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Genealogy describes the research facilities at the National Archives and offers online resources such as genealogical data and research guides, microform catalogs and finding aids, information...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Glidden's Patent Application for Barbed Wire presents the drawing and description that helped Joseph Glidden, a farmer from De Kalb, Illinois, win a patent for barbed wire in 1874. Glidden's design remains today the most...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
History in the Raw discusses the importance of primary documents and uses them to illustrate historical concepts such as the subjective nature of written history, the intimate view of historical people's...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Images of the American Revolution focuses on the American Revolution, which encouraged the founding fathers' desire to create a government that would, as stated in the Preamble, insure domestic tranquility and provide...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Inaugural Quiz challenges visitors to test their knowledge about inaugurations and presidential history with a 10 question quiz...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Jackie Robinson: Beyond the Playing Field offers primary documents illustrating how this groundbreaking African American baseball player advocated for civil rights. It incorporates the material into lessons on civil rights...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Launching the New U.S. Navy tells how and why our Navy was created. After the Revolutionary War, Barbary pirates preyed on American vessels and held seamen for ransom. In 1794, Congress reestablished the Navy...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Letters, Telegrams, and Photographs Illustrating Factors That Affected the Civil War allows students to analyze a variety of documents to identify events, actions, and individuals who contributed to the Civil War's outcome. This lesson correlates to the National...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Lincoln's Spot Resolutions provides background information and lessons (correlated to academic standards) that incorporate the use of textbooks, maps, and discussions based on primary documents such as the U.S...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Little House in the Census: Almanzo and Laura Ingalls Wilder displays records from the 1880 and 1990 census schedules showing that Laura Ingalls, Almanzo Wilder, and families of the popular Little House on the Prairie series were not mere...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Maps of Indian Territory, the Dawes Act, and Will Rogers' Enrollment Case File encourages students to study a variety of documents to understand the impact of a particular piece of legislation and relates to the powers granted to Congress in Article I, Section 8...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Martin Luther King Jr. and the "I Have a Dream" Speech shows an image from the deposition of Martin Luther King regarding copyright infringement. On August 28, 1963, King delivered a speech to civil rights marchers gathered at the Lincoln...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Migration North to Alaska encourages students to use primary documents on Alaska to study topics related to the migration of people, ideas, and culture throughout history. It offers suggestions for projects...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
National History Day tells beginning researchers how to navigate the vast primary sources holdings at the National Archives. Five activity worksheets provide step-by-step instructions on how to...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Observing Constitution Day features a discussion about the Constitutional Convention and the Constitution. Lists of delegates, issues involved in the creation and ratification of the document, and its...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Our Documents features 100 milestone documents in U.S. history. Each week, the website highlights 3 documents. Speeches, treaties, Supreme Court cases, patent designs, and Constitutional...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Our Documents: Tools for Educators is designed to help teachers use in the classroom 100 of the most important documents in our nation's history. The 100 milestone documents appear on a timeline, along with...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Panoramic Photography presents more than 20 panoramic photos: Chattanooga, TN, from a hilltop after the Union Army captured the city (1864); San Francisco after the earthquake (1906); the Panama Canal...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Petition of Amelia Bloomer Regarding Suffrage in the West gives a facsimile of the handwritten petition of the suffragist, editor, and temperance leader. This lesson relates to the expression of First Amendment rights, including speech and...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Petition Signed by Thomas A. Edison for Sunday Openings at the World's Columbian Exposition focuses on petitioning the federal government, peaceably assembling, and exercising freedom of speech and religion, all of which are protected by the First Amendment to the...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Photographs of Lewis Hine: Documentation of Child Labor encourages students to analyze dozens of photographs taken in the early 1900s depicting working conditions for child laborers. This lesson correlates to the National History Standards...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Photographs of the 369th Infantry and African Americans During World War I features an all-black regiment that rose to fame at a time when the Army, federal workers, and other parts of society were segregated. The 369th Infantry, also known as the "Harlem...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Pictures of Indians in the United States presents nearly 200 photos and drawings of Native Americans -- agriculture, burial customs, councils, dances, fishing, food preparation, homes, hunting, portraits, pottery, villages...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Pictures of World War II presents more than 100 photos from battlefronts around the world. Topics include aviation, battle of Britain, France, Germany, the Holocaust, Iwo Jima and Okinawa, Japan, naval...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Political Cartoons Illustrating Progressivism and the Election of 1912 offers teaching activities, four political cartoons, and a narrative about reforms proposed by three major presidential candidates in 1912: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Powers of Persuasion -- Poster Art of World War II provides a standards-based lesson on how the use of posters during WWII helped win over the hearts and minds of the American people...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Presidential Libraries provides an overview of the Presidential Library system. It also serves as a gateway to the websites of the repositories that preserve and make available the papers, records, and other...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Revolution and the New Nation (1754-1820s) includes documents and images for learning about the American Revolution, the Constitution, the creation of the U.S. Navy, Eli Whitney's patent for the cotton gin, Thomas Cooper's...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Ronald Reagan Documents features 24 memos, speeches, proclamations, and other primary documents from Reagan's presidency. Topics include economic recovery, energy, national defense, oil imports, small...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Sow the Seeds of Victory! Posters from the Food Administration During World War I tells how Herbert Hoover, head of the new U.S. Food Administration, convinced Americans to conserve food during the Great War. Homeowners were urged to sign pledge cards to conserve...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Tally of the 1824 Electoral College Vote focuses on the complex system of election rules by examining the vote tally of the 1824 Presidential election, in which the winning candidate, John Quincy Adams, received fewer popular...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Teaching With Documents: Lesson Plans organizes primary documents into key periods of U.S. history: the Revolution, expansion and reform, the Civil War and Reconstruction, industrialization, the emergence of modern...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
The Amistad Case presents documents produced around and during the historic 1841 trial of 53 Africans, captured and sold as slaves, and subsequently accused of murder for commandeering the slave ship...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
The Archival Research Catalog (ARC) is a searchable database of the cornerstone documents of our government. It has more than 126,000 digitized copies of the National Archives' most popular and significant manuscripts...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission provides a summary, history, and teaching activities related to the EEOC and this historic law, which forbade discrimination on the basis of sex as well as race in hiring, promoting...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
The Civil War as Photographed by Mathew Brady asks students to visualize the Civil War by studying dozens of period photographs, and illustrates how the Civil War threatened the very purpose of the Constitution as stated in the...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
The Development of the Industrial United States (1870-1900) offers documents and images for learning about Bell's patent for the telephone, Edison's patent for the electric lamp, Glidden's patent application for barbed wire, the Homestead Act...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
The Digital Classroom encourages teachers of students at all levels to use archival documents and to teach with primary source materials from the National Archives. The site offers discussions on how...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
The Don Henry Story: The Documents offers teaching activities using primary documents (tied to academic standards) on a student who became a leader in campus organizations, volunteered to fight in the Spanish Civil War...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
The Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863, as the nation approached its third year of bloody civil war. The proclamation declared "that all persons held as slaves"...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
The Emergence of Modern America (1890-1930) features the 1897 petition against the annexation of Hawaii, political cartoons on progressivism and the 1912 election, woman suffrage and the 19th Amendment, the Zimmermann telegram...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
The Fight for Equal Rights: Black Soldiers in the Civil War provides a lesson that uses primary documents such as the Emancipation Proclamation. This lesson correlates to the National History Standards and the National Standards for Civics and...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
The Homestead Act of 1862 recounts efforts to improve homesteading laws and make land ownership possible for more settlers. The distribution of government lands had been an issue since the Revolutionary War...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
The Hoover Museum -- Just For Kids portrays the life of President Hoover using resources from the Hoover Presidential Library such as a chronology, a biography of his wife, Lou Henry, excerpts from speeches, political...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
The Lewis and Clark Expedition presents 13 documents and photos related to the 1804-6 expedition into the newly acquired Louisiana Territory. The documents include a list of Indian presents Lewis purchased, his...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
The Online Exhibit Hall presents information on the current live and online exhibitions at the National Archives. It features famous documents including the Emancipation Proclamation, the Marshall Plan, the...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
The Sioux Treaty of 1868 examines Native American sovereignty and the Constitutional power granted to the president and the Senate to make treaties with foreign nations. The site presents the Treaty and...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo presents documents pertaining to the treaty that brought an official end to the Mexican-American War. Materials for teachers and links to other resources accompany the documents...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
The U.S. Recognition of the State of Israel is a lesson plan on the history, conflicts, and U.S. involvement surrounding Israel before and after its proclamation of statehood. This lesson correlates to the National History...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
The Unfinished Lincoln Memorial provides lessons that use photographs of the memorial of President Lincoln and other information for teaching students history, civics, and government. This lesson correlates to the...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
The United States Enters the Korean Conflict features President Truman's statement, on June 27, 1950, announcing his order to send U.S. air and naval forces to help defend South Korea. Also included are teaching suggestions and...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
The Zimmermann Telegram is lesson plan aims to help students understand the causes of World War I and why the U.S. intervened. In January of 1917, British cryptographers deciphered a telegram from German...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Truman Presidential Library and Museum helps students and educators work with primary source materials. The project offers documents, photographs, records, cartoons, and other archival material for research projects...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
U.S. Constitution Workshop is a "self-service" online workshop for teachers that uses primary documents to help students see the impact and ongoing relevance of the Constitution. It requires little advance...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
U.S. Election and Voting Resources provides frequently asked questions, maps, and other information for learning about the presidential election process, the electoral college, registering to vote, campaign finance...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
U.S. Electoral College provides information and statistics on presidential elections, past and present. For the 2004 election, it includes popular vote totals by state, Electoral College members, and state...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
United States v. Thomas Cooper: A Violation of the Sedition Law presents facsimiles of 8 printed and hand-written documents surrounding the case of Thomas Cooper, a lawyer and newspaper editor in Sunbury, Pennsylvania, who was indicted, prosecuted...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Woman Suffrage and the 19th Amendment looks at the 150th anniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848, features historical documents about woman suffrage, and a script that the National Archives commissioned about...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
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