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History, Heroes, & Treasures: Recap of the Rotunda Sleepover and Activities

A recap of the first Rotunda sleepover and activities that can be used in your classroom.

New DocsTeach Activity: The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

In this new activity on DocsTeach.org—our online tool for teaching with documents from the National Archives—students will read, analyze, and summarize Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, that established the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. We suggest teaching with this activity during a unit on civil rights in grades 9–12. Approximate time needed […]

Congress and Harriet Tubman’s Claim for a Pension

Harriet Tubman was also a nurse, cook, and spy. This lesson can help your students understand how her service was acknowledged by Congress.

Records of the Monuments Men at the National Archives

Films based on major historical events are often based on records from the National Archives. This is especially true with the upcoming film “The Monuments Men” which opens this Friday, February 7th.

To What Extent was Reconstruction a Revolution?

Reconstruction was a tumultuous period in American history, and the question of whether it produced lasting change in regard to civil rights is still debated by scholars. A DocsTeach Activity using primary sources allows your students to enter the debate and develop critical thinking skills by evaluating historical congressional records as historians. Available on DocsTeach.org, […]

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