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National History Day: American Revolution and the Founders

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Social Studies +1 Age Levels Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old)

This collection brings together EDSITEment and Smithsonian resources to support the initial research into a project for National History Day.  While originally created for the 2017 theme, "Taking a Stand in History," resources found in this collection are useful for researching other National History Day themes.

These resources - including artifacts, portraits, videos, and websites - highlight six of the "Founding Fathers": Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin. Other important figures vital to the American Revolution, such as Patrick Henry and Thomas Paine, are also included. 

By no means is this collection comprehensive; instead, it provides a launching point for further research.

This collection was created in collaboration with the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access.

Tags: revolutionary war; war of independence; bill of rights; early america; dissent; national endowment for the humanities; #nhd; #NHD2017

Declaration of Independence

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Alexander Hamilton

National Portrait Gallery

James Madison

National Portrait Gallery

George Washington

National Portrait Gallery

A Letter From George Washington

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

George Washington (Lansdowne Portrait)

National Portrait Gallery

Thomas Jefferson

National Portrait Gallery

Thomas Jefferson

National Portrait Gallery

The Declaration of Independence Desk

National Museum of American History

Benjamin Franklin

National Portrait Gallery

Ben Franklin's Social Network

Smithsonian Channel

Thomas Paine

National Portrait Gallery

$1 Patrick Henry single

National Postal Museum

Margaret Todd Whetten

National Portrait Gallery

Anne Catharine Hoof Green

National Portrait Gallery

Patience Lovell Wright

National Portrait Gallery

John Jay

National Portrait Gallery

Crispus Attucks

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Samuel Adams

National Portrait Gallery

John Dickinson

National Portrait Gallery

Marquis De Lafayette

National Portrait Gallery

John Adams

National Portrait Gallery