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Voices and Votes - Power of the Press

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Social Studies +1 Age Levels Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old), Post-Secondary, Adults

The press and media have influenced America even before it was a country. The goal of this learning lab is to show the effect media has played on our democracy. It is also important to understand the bias that media and press can have on us everyday. Realizing this influence can make all of us better citizens.

"Franklin" common press

National Museum of American History

Print, "The Bloody Massacre", 1832

National Museum of American History

Pamphlet, "Common Sense", 1776

National Museum of American History

Print, Declaration of Independence, 1823

National Museum of American History

The Federalist Papers

Congress.gov Resources

certified proof

National Museum of American History

Painting, Thomas Nast, 1884

National Museum of American History

Roosevelt Campaign Postcard, 1904

National Museum of American History

The Suffragist, June 14, 1919

National Museum of American History

I Want You for U.S. Army

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Don't Let That Shadow Touch Them

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

John F. Kennedy

National Portrait Gallery

Barack Obama

National Portrait Gallery

Worksheet

Sydney Thatcher