OurStory: Making the Star-Spangled Banner
Lesson title: Hometown History (Smithsonian, National Museum of American History)
War of 1812, In the Classroom
Elementary, Intermediate, and Commencement Level Lesson Plans (PBS)
Have students compare different accounts of the conflict from different sources and discuss different points of view, bias, emphasis, interpretation of events—all based on the source of the information. Examples could include:
Broadside of the war song "Brilliant Naval Victory" (Library of Congress, An American Time Capsule: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemera)
Document from New York Heritage's War of 1812 digital collection: "List of Sufferers on the Niagara Frontier from Fort Niagara to the Tonewanta Creek and from Lewiston on the Ridge Road to the widow Forsythe's" (partial transcription available)
Firsthand accounts of British, Americans, First Nations, or Canadians found at the Galafilm Web site and at Digital Book Index. Examples of firsthand accounts include:
Black Hawk's description of white warfare
Narrative of Colonel Samuel Blakeslee, a Defender of Buffalo, War of 1812 (1822)
Like The First Thanksgiving, this assessment measures students’ ability to source a document. When historians interpret a document, they first look to find out who wrote it and when. This information provides important clues about whether the source provides reliable evidence about the past. This assessment gauges whether students understand an important aspect of sourcing: the time elapsed between when a document was produced and the event that it depicts.
This page directs you to the first image index of a larger online exhibit from the New York Public Library on the first big cities in the Northeast US including New York City, Baltimore, and Boston. Click on the "Cities in the Americas" logo in top left to view full exhibit.
Nowel Amsterdam en l’Amerique. François Jollain (French, ca. 1641–1704). Etching and engraving, possibly from Vues à vol d’oiseau de différents villes de France et de pays étrangers, ca. 1672
Religion and the Founding of the American Republic