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The Civil War as Photographed by Mathew Brady, a New Teaching Activity

Students can reflect on the lives of soldiers during the Civil War by analyzing photographs taken by renowned photographer Mathew Brady in this new learning activity on DocsTeach.org. The holdings of the National Archives include over 6,000 photographs taken by Brady and his associates during the Civil War era; 16 are included in this activity. In […]

New Teaching Activity: The Zimmermann Telegram

Students will analyze the Zimmermann telegram to evaluate whether the United States should have entered World War I.

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.

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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