American History

Lesson plan: Veterans Day and the meaning of sacrifice

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Use this PBS NewsHour lesson plan to help students understand the significance of Veterans Day and the meaning of sacrifice. Students will identify important veterans in their lives, examine an interactive timeline of military history and study issues facing veterans today. Continue reading

Talk with your students about Aretha Franklin: They all know the Queen of Soul

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Legendary singer Aretha Franklin, the ‘Queen of Soul,’ died at her home in Detroit on August 16, 2018, at the age of 76. Use this NewsHour lesson to find out what it is about the Queen of Soul that makes both young and old dance and sing along to her music. Continue reading

How Monticello’s exhibit on Sally Hemings deepens our understanding of U.S. history

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Share the story of Sally Hemings with your students and Monticello’s latest efforts to set the historical record straight. Continue reading

James Madison’s Montpelier tells the stories of the enslaved people who lived there

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Montpelier, the home of James Madison, the fourth president of the United States, recently opened a new permanent exhibit at the Virginia estate to inform visitors about Madison’s slaves and the lives they led. Continue reading

Discovery of Catholic artifact raises questions at Jamestown settlement

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A discovery at the first permanent English settlement in the Americas has raised new questions about the religious influences that played a role in the founding of America. Continue reading

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