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The Importance of U.S. Customs

When most Americans think about U.S. Customs today, they probably imagine answering questions at the airport or at border crossings about their stay in a foreign country. While that is one of its major roles, Customs has also played a major role in the growth and development of the United States—collecting tariffs (or taxes) on […]

New DocsTeach Activity: The Night Before D-Day

We commemorate the 70th anniversary with an activity focusing on two documents related to the Allied invasion of June 6, 1944.

Teaching with Artifacts: What Edith Galt Wilson’s Suit Can Teach Students about World War I and Women in America

Students feel like detectives on a mission to discover what they can learn about history when they learn with artifacts.

Making their Mark on DocsTeach

The National Archives records can illustrate the many ways people have “made their mark” on history.

New DocsTeach Activity: Petition Against the Annexation of Hawaii

Students analyze a petition signed by over 50% of the native Hawaiian population against becoming a part of the United States

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