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National History Day: Art and World War I

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Social Studies +4 Age Levels 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 2018 theme, "Conflict and Compromise in History," resources found in this collection are useful for researching other National History Day themes. 

These resources - including artworks, handwritten memoirs, lesson plans, and articles  - help explore World War I (1914-1918) through artwork created by soldiers and other individuals involved in the Great War.  Collection highlights artists Horace Pippin (a member of the Harlem Hellfighters), Claggett Wilson, William James Aylward, and Harvey Thomas Dunn.  Other important artists and artworks, as well as additional information on World War I, is located at the end. The second tile of this collection contains questions to help with the analysis of photograph, document, artwork, portrait and object resources. The third tile contains a graphic organizer, created by National History Day, to help explore historical context and the "Conflict and Compromise in History" theme.

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

This collection was created in collaboration with EDSITEment, a website for K-12 educators from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Tags: wwi; ww1; world war 1; soldier; military; perspective; witness;  african american; artist; artwork; 20th century; 1900s; national endowment for the humanities; nhd; #NHD2018 #NHD

Horace Pippin

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Dog Fight over the Trenches

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Horace Pippin memoir fragments

Archives of American Art

Dance of Death

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Encounter in the Darkness

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Front Line Stuff

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Grenadier Cut Off in the Flaming Woods

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Raid on Our Trench

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Underground Dressing Station

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Symphony of Terror

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Clearing Out the Road through Mont St. Père

National Museum of American History

His Bunkie

National Museum of American History

Returning Refugees Hatton Chattel

National Museum of American History

Illustrating Prisoners in the Great War

National Museum of American History

German Prisoner Type

National Museum of American History

German Prisoner Type

National Museum of American History

German Prisoner Type

National Museum of American History

On the Wire

National Museum of American History

The Engineer

National Museum of American History

Going into Position through a Ruined Town

National Museum of American History

Prisoners and Wounded

National Museum of American History

Off Duty

National Museum of American History

La France Croisée

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Painting No. 47, Berlin

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

The Union Jack, New York, April Morning

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Mama's Boy

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Helping a Wounded Ally

National Museum of American History

Aerial Bombs Dropping on Montmedy, World War I

Smithsonian American Art Museum

In the Trenches, Winter

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Two Six-Ton Tanks Climbing a Hill

National Museum of American History

Cold Nights Coming on

National Museum of American History

Double Escape

National Museum of American History

Village of the Dead

National Museum of American History

Enlist. Boston Public Safety Committee. [Poster.]

Archives Center, National Museum of American History