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The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States

The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States is a collection of resources for educators to refer to when introducing  the Constitution of the United States with a specific emphasis on the preamble. Mike Wilkins Preamble is used as a featured piece of artwork to give students an initial introduction to the text of the primary source document. #SAAMteach

Laurence Denizard

The Presence of Absence: An Exploration of Misrepresentation and Underpresentation

How do contemporary artists grapple with the under- and misrepresentation of certain minorities in portraiture and American history? Participants will explore the newly unveiled portraits of President Barack Obama by Kehinde Wiley and former First Lady Michelle Obama by Amy Sherald and discuss how these artists are looking to the past to paint the present. After close reading these images, participants will consider how artists Ken Gonzales-Day and Titus Kaphar, in the exhibition “UnSeen: Our Past in a New Light,” uncover voices previously unheard. 


Briana White

The Pride of a Pitcher: Pedro Martinez

How do we represent our roots artistically? What can a portrait tell us about the sense of identity of the subject? Focusing on a famous athlete from the Dominican Republic, students will explore the personal history of the pitcher, Pedro Martínez, and how his cultural pride is portrayed on canvas. Class members will read a recent biography of Martínez before examining his portrait, Pride and Determination, currently on exhibition in Twentieth-Century Americans: 1990 to Present. #NPGteach

Patrick Bonner

The Process of Invention

This collection uses objects from the National Museum of American History to describe the process of invention--from the "think it" step, when inventors come up with a great idea, to the prototyping or "create it" step, all the way through the "sell it" or marketing stage.

This collection was created to support the 2016 CCSSO Teachers of the Year Day at the Smithsonian.
Tricia Edwards

The Progressive Era

The Progressive Era took place from the 1880's to the 1910's and was known as a period of political reform across America. The Progressive Era started out with the idea of Progressivism, the support of social reform, that started out as a social movement from the people, which eventually grew so large, it became a political movement. The Progressive Era is also known as the Gilded Age, which referred to a series of movements to help improve multiple areas of life. The areas of life that eventually turned into movements were Labor Rights, Business Regulation, African American Civil Rights, Women's Rights, Environmental Conservation, and Changes in Corrupted Laws and Government Ways. For this explanation, I will be going more in depth about Women's Rights and how they fought for suffrage for years.

The 15th amendment to the Constitution granted the right for African American men the right to vote, which outraged many women, as they thought that men who've suffered for hundreds of years with bondage would be granted the right to vote before the American women. Two people, Lucy Stone and Henry Blackwell, formed the American Woman Suffrage Association and their main belief was that pressuring the government was the route to go. While this Association was formed, another was made by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Stanton, which was the National Woman Suffrage Association, which pressed for a constitutional amendment. This split affected how strong the suffrage movement would be for about 2 decades before Lucy Stone's daughter helped form the National American Woman Suffrage Association, which was a combination of both previous Associations. The first state to grant full women's suffrage was Wyoming, while the other states didn't until around the 1890's. After years and years of fighting for this right, in the 1920's, the 19th Amendment became law for the whole country, and these voting rights for women ceased. 

Haley Shemerdiak

The Progressive Era?

Objective: Students will be able to identify the objectives of the Progressive Movement through primary source analysis in order to evaluate their impact on American society.

Essential Questions: 

  • What were the main objectives of the Progressive Movement?
  • Is 'progressive' an appropriate term to define this era?
Emily Surman

The Psychology of Long Term Space Flight Music, Art and Creature Comforts

If you've ever taken a long trip, you know that bringing your favorite things along will help get you through the journey. The same goes for astronauts in space. Music and the arts entertain them and give them a chance to break away from their demanding schedules. In this episode of STEM in 30, we'll dive into how music, art, and creature comforts helps astronauts cope with long-term space travel.

Novermber 1, 2017

STEM in 30 at National Air and Space Museum

The Pullman Porters and the Railcar: Nexuses of the Great Migration

The Pullman Porters and the railcar were carriers of hope during the era known as the Great Migration. Pullman Porters were employed by George Pullman who created the nation’s first luxury railcar and made his home in Chicago, Illinois. During the Great Migration, hundreds of thousands of African Americans sought greater employment and housing opportunities in northern cities like Chicago, Pittsburgh, and New York. They traveled to the North primarily on railcars though segregated from white passengers and in less comfortable conditions. The Pullman Porters were pillars in the Black community and made positive impacts on African American migrants, entrepreneurs, and social causes effecting the Black community.  

This collection displays the story of the Pullman Porters and demonstrates the railcar as a nexus of the Great Migration. A restored Pullman Palace railcar, Southern Railway No. 1200, is now housed at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. 

Keywords: Pullman Porters, George Pullman, Railcars, The Great Migration, NMAAHC, African American History, American History

Le'Passion Darby

The Puritans way of Punishment,Life, and Attire

     Puritans liked wearing simple plain attire notably recognized as black clothing."'The enduring image of Puritans depicts them clad in sober black, but that stereotype is incorrect. Black was actually an immodestly expensive color."" Yes Puritans all dressing in black was a myth most puritans would wear a mix of several other colors excluding black.The Puritans however dressed differently based on their class which explains why some would be able to afford black clothing, Women and Men would often wear headgear such as a hat. Their attire would vary depending on the climate or occasion. Men were often controlling their women most Puritan women would bear multiple children at a fairly young age.  Puritans often abided by their beliefs when a woman cheated they would be punished by the entire community which could be either deadly or quick punishments were always harsh. Religion was the Puritans way of life which they followed to its full extent during colonial times. "Married women were not allowed to possess property, sign contracts, or conduct business." Men were the pinnacle of Puritan society while women were considered lower then them."Women found guilty of immodest dress could be stripped to the waist and whipped until their backs were bloody (would that not expose their bodies?). Public humiliation could include confessing one’s sins in front of the whole church congregation." Punishment was a huge part of the puritans way of dealing with what they considered unlawful they took attire very seriously.""Shaping the child was very important; if not started early, they would be hopeless."" Puritans would mold their children into the ideal person they would want them to be.""Threatened, scared by parents-about hell and eternal punishments of the soul."" Puritan Parents were manipulative to their children to get them to abide by all rules set by themselves today this would be seen as psychological abuse. The following Pictures shown in this collection sets an example of how the puritans carried on punishments, how they lived amongst another and dressed during the time of the Smithsonian period .


John Oduor

The Race to Space: Understanding the Cold War Context of the Apollo 11 Mission

By using this collection, learners will . . .

  • Use primary sources to understand a range of perspectives on the Space Race.
  • Understand why the United States was concerned about the Soviet space program.
  • Be able to analyze the Cold War era context of the Space Race and draw their own conclusions about the success of the Space Race.

The Railway

Media found on the National Gallery of Art

Darian Mohammed

The Ramayana

This teaching collection and student activity includes the resources necessary to teach an EDSITEment lesson on the Ramayana where students read closely to find examples of the Hindu concept of dharma.

Guiding questions are:

  • What is dharma?
  • How does the Ramayana teach dharma, one of Hinduism's most important tenants?

tags: Hinduism, Hindu, India, dharma, Ramayana, rama, epic, Vishnu

Kate Harris

The Real Story of Dorothy

Emily Scroggs

The Reasons for the Second War of American Independance

To what extent did economical, cultural, and political forces influence the development, start and continuation of The War of 1812?

Prosper Tjelmeland

The Reconstruction, Art, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Title: Reconstructing African-American Roles in Post-Civil War America.
Subject: American Literature
9-12 grades
Objectives: Using close reading of texts, themes, tying art to literature, students will consider the impact of Reconstruction on African-Americans in post-Civil War America.
Resources: art in this collection; student copies of Huck Finn; Fishkin article (in collection)
Methodology : CLAIM / SUPPORT / QUESTION METHODOLOGY (see collection)


Cynthia Storrs

The Red Scare

This collection features resources (photographs, portraits, documents, articles, and videos) about the Second Red Scare (1947-57), a period of anti-communist fear, also known as "McCarthyism," that spread through American life at the beginning of the Cold War.  Resources include key people, such as Joseph McCarthy, Edward R. Murrow, Alger Hiss, and Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, letters documenting a university's requirement that faculty affirm they were not members of the Communist Party, individuals targeted by House Un-American Activities Committee, and more.

This collection provides a launching point for further research and should not be considered comprehensive.

Keywords: communism, anti-communism, anticommunism, HUAC, HCUA, hollywood blacklist, ray cohn 

Tess Porter

The red scare

Dalton Trumbo and Dorothy Parker
Taylor K

The Reflection of Reality

Art mirrors cultural movements throughout history and sometimes causes people to feel a specific way about a certain situation. As far back as history goes, there have been artist that create pieces in order to show the world how they feel about a certain situation. Instead of doing this in basic ways like protesting or fighting, they will use their skills to show people in a more effective way. Whether it is through visual drawings, architecture, literature, or in song and dance. Some art is created to portray a message, and some art is created just to match the trend of the given time. A lot of artwork was created because there were popular things happening, not very controversial, but significant enough that people would appreciate the work.

In this collection we will be viewing pieces of art that all reflect the movements of society throughout history. We will also be looking at the reasons that these pieces were significant and why they might show us the importance of that particular event, trend, or movement. 


Kinley Baird

The relationship of fashion through time

This will show the unique and different types of fashion that different people wear according to time periods. This shows how fashion from different time periods and other countries can influence the fashion that we wear today. Many of the pictures shown contribute fashion forward styles that many people wear today. It gives an idea of how people have embraced globalization and shared and created new ideas from the old ones.

1600s fashion - 2000s fashion

Carolyn Hall

The Remains at Pompeii

This is a collection of teaching resources that could be used to support a lesson on Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius as well as life in ancient Rome. Included are artworks picturing Pompeii, archaeological artifacts, and links to "street views" of the ruins as well as magazine articles on the topic.

Some questions to consider are:
-What can we learn about the life of ancient Romans from the ruins at Pompeii?
-What are the strengths and weaknesses of learning from archaeological ruins?
-Why have the ruins at Pompeii continued to fascinate people over time?
Kate Harris

The Renaissance of Science

How can new discoveries lead to change? This Collection features images of men whose discoveries changed human knowledge and understanding of the world in which they lived.
Linda Muller
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