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NMAAHC Education

Smithsonian Staff

Greetings from the Education Team of the National Museum of African American History and Culture!!

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture.

We are excited to share objects, stories, and resources that tell American history through the African American lens!   Our Learning Lab collections provide ways to explore well-known and lesser-known moments of history by utilizing objects, documents, imagery, and videos to enhance content knowledge, hone historical thinking skills and inspire users to see themselves as agents of change. 

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Essential Historian Skills: Football - Sports: Leveling the Playing Field

<p>History is colorful and complex, and this is one reason why historians enjoy investigating the past.</p> <p>One of the essential skills for historians to investigate the past is the ability to question a primary source. Primary sources are the building blocks historians use to create history. A primary source is anything that is created by the historical person, made or existed during the historical period the historian is studying.</p> <p>Some of the answers of the past are locked in primary source objects. Historians access these answers by asking a variety of question to get a variety of answers to help them gain a full picture of the primary source and its answers.</p> <p>In this collection, you will practice becoming a historian by questioning primary sources centered around African Americans and football.</p>
NMAAHC Education