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FOUNDING OUR NATION

PRIMARY SOURCES

1.    The Declaration of Independence

2.    The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

3.    The Constitution

4.    On the Pay of Public Officials

5.    On the Powers of the President

6.    The Bill of Rights

7.    Our Mission Statements

SECONDARY SOURCES

8.    Re-creating the Sound of Freedom

ASSIGNMENTS

9.    Federalist and Republican Party Platforms

10. Historical Head Assignment

 

NATIVE AMERICAS YESTERDAY AND TODAY

PRIMARY SOURCES

11. The Death Speech of a Mandan War Chief

SECONDARY SOURCES

12. How Did Indians Bring Down Buffalo With Primitive Weapons?

13. Bison Aren’t Buicks and other Myths

14. Restoring the Bison Herds

15. U.S. Bison Ranchers Struggle to Meet Consumer Demand

15a. The Unfolding Comback Story of the American Bison

15b. Longmont Nonprofit Gives American Indians a Helping Hand

16. Accounts of the Great Sioux Uprising

17. Balance at Little Bighorn

18. U.S. Memorializes Massacre of Native Americans

19. Alcoholism and Whiteclay, Nebraska

20. Indians and Mascots

21.  “Rezball” at Pine Ridge

22. Life is Bare Bones on the Lakota Reservation

23.  “Fighting Sioux” No Longer a Nickname

24. Eagle Feathers and Indians

25. Northern Cheyenne Reservation Hosts Cleveland Middle School Students

25a. Native American Restaurant in Denver

ASSIGNMENTS

26. Tocabe Restaurant Review Assignment

27. Indian Tribe Term Paper Assignment

28. Indian Warshirt Web Assignment

29. Letters From the Rez Assignment

 

MANIFEST DESTINY AND THE OLD WEST

PRIMARY SOURCES

30. Transcript of the Louisiana Purchase Treaty

31. Jefferson’s Letter to Meriwether Lewis

32. Susan Magoffin on Life at Bent’s Old Fort

33. Susan Magoffin’s Description of Santa Fe

34. William B. Travis’ Letter From the Alamo

35. A Review of Colt’s Revolver

36. Narcissa Whitman’s Abandoned Trunk

37. Virginia Reed: Survivor of the Donner Party

38. Patrick Breen’s Donner Party Diary

39. The Oregon Trail Diary of Amelis Stuart Knight

40. Three Diary Entries from Amelia Stuart Knight

41. The Martin Handcart Company Crosses the North Platte

42. Captain Marcy’s Advice on Crossing the Plains

SECONDARY SOURCES

43. Onate’s Missing Foot

44. Encounter With the Penitentes

45.  “Miracle” at New Mexican Church

46. Beyond Lewis and Clark 

46a. Native American Restaurant in Denver

ASSIGNMENTS

47. New Mexican Religious Art Family Field Trip Assignment

48. Jack N Grill Restaurant Review Assignment

49. Bent’s Old Fort Family Field Trip Assignment

50. Indian Sign Language at Bent’s Old Fort Lesson Plan

51. Fort Laramie Family Field Trip Assignment

52. Early West Term Paper Assignment

53. Gold Rush Photo Study Web Assignment 

53a. Making Buffalo Stew Assignment 

SLAVERY AND AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY

PRIMARY SOURCES

54. A Slave Ship Captain Remembers the Middle Passage

55. Eyewitness Account of a Slave Whipping

56. Francis Fedric Runs Away

57. A Captured Runaway Near Houston

58. Conversations With a Slave Catcher

59. Kingdom Coming by Henry C. Work

60. To My Old Master: Jourdan Anderson’s Letter

SECONDARY SOURCES

61. Colonial Williamsburg’s Great Hopes Plantation

62. Shedding Light on Slavery in the North

63. Slaves Helped Build the White House

64. Sold Down the River

65. Sojourner Truth: “Ain’t I A Woman?”

66. The Story of Henry Box Brown: Mailing Yourself to Freedom

67. Slave in Jefferson Davis’ Home Gave Union Key Secrets

68. Texas City Haunted by “No Blacks After Dark” Past

69. Virginia Finally Shows Contrition Over Slavery

70. Sojourner Truth Honored at U.S. Capitol

71. Two Memorials Tell Very Different Stories

72. Students Perform in Blackface

73. Smithsonian Breaks Ground on Black History Museum

74. South Carolina Slave Cabin Headed for Smithsonian Display

74a. Slave Dwelling Project Works for Preservation 

75. The Mammy Statue Washington Almost Had

75a. America's 'Angriest' Theologian Faces the Lynching Tree

ASSIGNMENTS

76. Littleton Historical Museum Family Field Trip Assignment

77. Plantation Comparison Web Assignment

78. Plantation Design and Drawing Assignment

79. The Runaway Slave Writing Assignment

 

THE CAUSES OF THE CIVIL WAR

PRIMARY SOURCES

80. Webster’s Speech in Honor of the Flag

81. The Brooks-Sumner Caning Incident

82. The Lincoln-Douglas Debates: Stephen Douglas

83. Lincoln’s House Divided Speech

SECONDARY SOURCES

84. John C. Calhoun and the Doctrine of Nullification

85. The Underground Railroad: Myth and Reality

86. Dred Scott Decision Reenacted at Old Courthouse

87. Classic Lincoln Photo Resurfaces

88. A Tintype Museum Exhibit

89. John Brown: Terrorists Sometimes Win

90. 1860: The Census of Doom

91. Five Myths About Why the South Seceded

92. The West Point Cadet Oath

93. Recreating a 19th Century Flag

ASSIGNMENTS

94. Lincoln Home Tour Web Assignment

95. Antebellum Women Term Paper Assignment

 

THE CIVIL WAR

PRIMARY SOURCES

96. The Bonnie Blue Flag

97. Sullivan Ballou’s Letter to Sarah

98. William Enyart’s Letter

99. Rufus Dawes Reports on the Fight at the Railroad Cut

100.  Saving Little Round Top With the 20th Maine

101. Henry V’s St. Crispian’s Day Speech

102. Abraham Lincoln: The Gettysburg Address

103. Lincoln’s Letter to Mrs. Bixby

104.A Colorado Miner’s Response to the Death of Lincoln

105. The Letters of Silas Soule

a.    Part One

b.    Part Two

c.     Part Three

106. Frederick Douglass Honors the Unknown Loyal Dead

SECONDARY SOURCES

107. Confederate Draft Efforts

108. Henry Harrison: Confederate Spy

109. Enslaving the Free: The Gettysburg Campaign

110. Why Did Pickett’s Charge Fail?

111. Pamplin Park Depicts Civil War’s Final Campaign

112. The Tragedy of Colonel Rathbone

113. Wiser Bobbleheads Prevailed

114. Virginia Civil War Letters

115.Signs of the Confederacy Are Disappearing in the South

116. Heritage Not Hate

117.Union Soldier’s Remains Found at Antietam

118. Severed Limb from Antietam

119. New Confederate Museum in Appomattox

120. Damaged Gettysburg Monuments are Finally Repaired

121.The Death Toll of the Civil War Shifted Upward

122.New Day for Old Dixie

123. Students Use Apps at Gettysburg

124.Civil War’s 150th Stirs Trove of Memories

125.Restoring the Flag of the Caroline Greys

126.Aden Nichols on Changing the Names of Military Bases

127. Marching Into History With the Iron Brigade

128.Why the Civil War Still Matters

ASSIGNMENTS

129.Civil War Film Review Assignment

130.Civil War Term Paper Assignment

131.Making Civil War Hardtack Assignment

132. Creating a Civil War Era Newspaper Assignment

133. Civil War Shopping Web Assignment

 

THE WILD WEST

PRIMARY SOURCES

134.How to Catch a Wild Longhorn Steer

135. Cowboys Shoot Up Dodge City

136.O.K. Corral Newspaper Account

137.Transcript of the Homestead Act

SECONDARY SOURCES

138. Life on the Old Chisholm Trail 

138a. Chisholm Trail Section Preserved

139. Golden Spike Ceremony Reenacted

140.The Cowboy Rules of Etiquette

ASSIGNMENTS

141.Wild West Term Paper Assignment

142.Western Film Review Assignment

143.Buffalo Bill Museum Family Field Trip Assignment

 

INDUSTRIALIZATION AND IMMIGRATION

PRIMARY SOURCES

144. A Letter From Gold Dirt, Colorado

145.Young Andrew Carnegie Becomes a Businessman

146.The Art of Mining: How to Properly “Spit” a Fuse

147. The Death of Sully

148. My First Job

SECONDARY SOURCES

149. How a Ball Mill Works

150. Utah Coal Mine Disaster

151. Ellis Island Pays Tribute to Immigrants

152. Vandalized Statues at the Ludlow Memorial

ASSIGNMENTS

153. Family Tree Project Assigment

154. Western Museum of Mining and Industry Family Field Trip Assignment

155. Molly Brown House Museum Family Field Trip Assignment

156. Byers-Evans House Museum Family Field Trip Assignment

157. Rosemount House Museum Family Field Trip Assignment

158. Denver Public Library Family Field Trip Assignment

159. Gilded Age Film Review Assignment

160. Newport Mansions Web Assignment

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