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

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

History Provides Clues to Meaning of Obama Victory and Challenges

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How does the election of Barack Obama fit into American History? This panel of historians connects Barack Obama’s victory to important points in history, including…read more

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