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American Horse's Winter Count

American Horse (1840-1908) was an Oglala Lakota chief who participated in the Sioux Wars of the 1870s. He was also a "keeper," responsible for maintaining his band's "winter count," which had been passed down from his grandfather, to his father, to [...]

Abolitionist Strategies Worksheet

This worksheet helps students to consider and debate three different strategies available to abolitionists in the 1850s as they worked to end slavery.

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"Jailed for Freedom" Pin

In 1916, the National Women’s Party (NWP) began picketing the White House. NWP members criticized President Woodrow Wilson for going to war “to make the world safe for democracy” in World War I, while in the United States women were denied the [...]

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Suffragists Demonstrate Against Woodrow Wilson

On October 20, 1916, the National Women's Party (NWP) organized a suffrage demonstration outside of an auditorium in Chicago where President Woodrow Wilson was giving a campaign speech. Wilson, a Democrat, was running for his second term as [...]

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Woman with a Flask

A woman is seen discretely drinking from a flask in this photograph taken during Prohibition. It was illegal to drink alcohol after the passage of the Eighteenth Amendment, but some found creative ways to hide and consume their drinks.

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Background Essay on Who Freed the Slaves?

This essay introduces you to the main forces behind the abolition of slavery in the United States, as well as the debate among historians as to who played the key role.

Background Essay on Building the Railroads

This essay explains how railroads transformed late-nineteenth century America and shows how their impact was felt differently across class and racial lines.

Background Essay on Creating an Empire

This essay re-introduces an often forgotten event—the Philippine-American War—and explains contemporary debates around the war and the ascencion of the United States to the ranks of colonial powers.

Background Essay on Why They Fought

This essay explores the motivations of soldiers on both sides of the U.S. Civil War.

Advertisement for El Bien Publico

Many immigrants joined mutual aid societies, which gave them a way to pool their financial resources to help members in times of crisis. Cuban immigrants in Tampa established El Bien Publico ("The Public Good") to provide medical services to their [...]

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