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George Washington and His Allies: Primary Sources Offer Insights into Leadership and Alliances in the American Revolution

Posted by: Cheryl Lederle

As the celebration of Washington's birthday draws near, primary sources from the Library of Congress can support explorations of the role of the French in United States victory, along with reactions to their assistance by government and military leaders, by the American people--and by Washington himself.

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Broadening Student Understanding of Wartime Experience through Original Works of Art and Personal Accounts

Posted by: Danna Bell

In the October 2013 issue of Social Education, the journal of the National Council for the Social Studies, our “Sources and Strategies” article anticipated Veterans’ Day and suggested strategies for broadening student understanding of wartime experience through original works of art and personal accounts.

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Who’s Buried in Grant’s Tomb? Grave Insights into Customs and Cultures

Posted by: Cheryl Lederle

For aficionados of history, graveyards are not creepy settings for Halloween movies, but an opportunity to study human customs and cultural norms of the past and present. The way graves are adorned and the epitaphs they bear can give us information about one life, but can also encourage us to wonder about the people they commemorate and their cultures.