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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)
Fourth of July Is Independence Day presents facts, songs, primary documents, and more for celebrating the birthday of the U.S. and the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. See the original...  (, supported by Multiple Agencies)
How the United States Is Governed looks at national, state, and local governments in the U.S. Chapters focus on the federal government, state governments, local government, elections and the electoral process...  (Department of State)
Democracy in Brief gives a concise account of the intellectual origins, history, and basic values of democratic systems of government. The book examines topics such as rights and responsibilities of...  (Department of State)
Understanding Taxes includes lesson plans, tutorials, and role playing simulations to help students from middle school up learn about dozens of topics -- taxpayer rights, the history of taxes, indirect...  (Internal Revenue Service)
Census in Schools offers lesson plans, fact sheets, and activities for learning about the 2010 census. How are census data used? Why is the wording of questions important? What are the various ways...  (U.S. Census Bureau)
FedFlix offers more than 1,700 movies made by federal agencies. Many are of historical interest. Topics include the American wilderness, atomic attack ("Duck and Cover"), aviation, China...  (, supported by Multiple Agencies)
Our Government describes how the federal government works. Topics include the three branches (executive, legislative, judicial), the Constitution, federal agencies and commissions, elections and...  (The White House) provides lessons, teaching guides, best practices, and other resources for teaching history. See videos on "what is historical thinking," teaching history in elementary school, and...  (, supported by Department of Education)
Washington DC: A Guide to the Historic Neighborhoods and Monuments of Our Nation's Capital identifies 96 historic places that bring the 200-year history of our nation's capital to life. Learn about famous national landmarks -- the Mall, Capitol Building, White House -- and...  (National Park Service)
Helping Your Child Become a Responsible Citizen describes what "strong character" means and how parents can help children develop it. The booklet includes 18 activities, chapters on "dealing with media pressures" and working with...  (Department of Education)
Dare to Compare invites you to test your knowledge against students nationally and around the world. Pick a grade and subject: civics, economics, geography, history, math, or science...  (Department of Education)
Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey examines the life and legacy of this mediator and U.N. diplomat who was the first person of color anywhere in the world to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace...  (ETV Endowment of South Carolina, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
Binding the Nation examines the history of mail service in America from colonial times through the 19th century. Learn why people thought the system was needed (to ensure the free flow of information...  (Smithsonian Institution)
Congress, Law, and Politics presents papers of members of Congress, Supreme Court justices, and key federal law cases. Learn about the Revolution and the creation of the U.S. by investigating the papers of our...  (Library of Congress)
Citizenship Education & Resources provides civics flash cards, civics lessons, and study questions for the naturalization test. Test your civics knowledge: take the online "naturalization self-test." A guide provides...  (Citizenship and Naturalization Services, supported by Department of Homeland Security)
Ben's Guide to the U.S. Government for Kids helps K-12 students learn how our government works. Students can learn about the branches of government, the election process, and how laws are made. This includes debate topics, word...  (Government Printing Office)
Decatur House: A Home of the Rich and Powerful examines the life of Stephen Decatur, a naval hero who died as a result of a duel in 1820, and considers the role the house he built played in the political and social scene of the...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Congress Establishes Thanksgiving describes the various resolutions and proclamations that established and shaped Thanksgiving...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Creating the United States offers primary documents related to the creation of the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, and Bill of Rights. Learn about the beliefs on which the American republic was...  (Library of Congress)
How Our Laws Are Made outlines the steps by which an idea can become federal law. Topics include Congress, sources of legislation, forms of congressional action, the role of committees, reported bills...  (Library of Congress)
Kids' Page: Central Intelligence Agency provides lesson plans on problem solving, gathering and analyzing information, myths about the CIA, the role of intelligence in war, codes and code-breaking, and the importance of...  (Central Intelligence Agency)
Careers: Central Intelligence Agency describes career opportunities with the CIA that include analytical positions, clandestine service, language positions, scientists, engineers and technology, and support services...  (Central Intelligence Agency)
Slaves and the Courts, 1740-1860 presents over 100 books and pamphlets on experiences of African and African-American slaves in American colonies and U.S. The documents, published between 1772 and 1889, include trial...  (Library of Congress)
FBI Youth invites students to take the "special agent challenge," spend a day in the life of an FBI employee, follow a case through the FBI lab, learn about investigations throughout the world...  (Federal Bureau of Investigation)
The Capital and the Bay consists of 139 books -- first-person narratives, early histories, historical biographies, promotional brochures, and photograph collections that capture this distinctive region as it...  (Library of Congress)
Washington As It Was: Photographs by Theodor Horydczak, 1923-1959 gathers 14,000 photographs of the architectural and social life of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, including exteriors and interiors of...  (Library of Congress)
Frontline Diplomacy opens a window into the lives of American diplomats and U.S. foreign policy -- how it is formulated in Washington and implemented at our embassies abroad. Transcripts of more than...  (Library of Congress)
National Mall and Memorial Parks provides information about the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, Ford's Theatre, the Franklin Roosevelt Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the...  (National Park Service)
Future State is the U.S. State Department's website for youth. It offers lesson plans on terrorism, Vietnam, and the Cuban Missile Crisis and information about more than 50 international issues...  (Department of State)
National Criminal Justice Reference Service provides information and statistics on drugs and crime, law enforcement, juvenile justice, school safety, courts, and other topics related to criminal justice...  (Department of Justice)
Central Intelligence Agency: Electronic Reading Room is a place to find CIA records released or declassified under the Freedom of Information Act. The site includes information on privacy rights, legal news, and a regularly updated list...  (Central Intelligence Agency)
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)
Cyberethics for Teachers: A Lesson Plan for Teachers of Elementary and Middle School Children looks at issues in the field of computer crime, including predatory behavior and breaking into systems to vandalize and/or steal information and intellectual property. The site also...  (Department of Justice)
George Washington Appoints First Marshals, 1789 tells the history of the U.S. Marshal service and explains how the Marshals' role in law enforcement has evolved over time...  (Department of Justice)
Treasury's Learning Vault recounts the history of the Treasury Department and tells what each office and bureau does. A tour of the Department, fact sheets, and frequently asked questions are provided...  (Department of the Treasury)
Alcatraz Island is home to one of the world’s most infamous prisons. From the 1930s to 1960s, Alcatraz was the premier maximum security prison, housing inmates such as Al Capone and George "Machine...  (National Park Service)

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