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19th Century Art in the US

For Students 5th
Visual literacy and art appreciation can start at any age. Expose your class to American art of the 19th century. They view two paintings and answer eight questions that require them to think about what they see and the techniques used...
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American Expansion in the late 19th Century

For Students 10th - 12th
Document the teritorial expansion in America during the late 19th Century. With a map and a list of specific items, students label 21 differnt locations.
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Irish in the U.S. in the 19th Century

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Sixth graders examine how racial categories have changed over time.  For this history lesson, 6th graders discover that the Irish were not considered white for most of the 19th century and occupied a place of racial ambiguity in America. 
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Africa: The Middle Passage and 19th Century America

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students participate in a series of activities to explore the lives of slaves in 19th century America. They examine the design of slave ships, the hardships endured, and the ways that owners depended on slaves for their economic survival.
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Immigration & Urban Society: Late 19th Century (2)

For Students 9th - 12th
In this online interactive immigration and urban society instructional activity, students answer 10 multiple choice questions regarding late 19th century America. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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Nellie Bly to Dr. Peter Bryce: 19th Century Asylum Reform

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What kind of treatment could a patient expect in an asylum during the 1800's? The abusive and neglectful conditions in 19th century asylums are the focus of a lesson that examines the work of reformers Nellie Bly, Dorothea Dix, and Dr....
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Using Primary Documents to Learn about 19th Century Immigration

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students interpret historical evidence presented in primary and secondary resources. In this immigration lesson, students analyze political cartoons regarding 19th century immigration in the United States.
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Westward Expansion/19th Century Inventions

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders examine 19th century inventions that prompted Westward Expansion. In this Westward Expansion instructional activity, 6th graders analyze primary sources available from the Library of Congress that feature 19th century...
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Looking at Art: Grade 5: 19th Century Art in the U.S.

For Students 5th - 6th
In this art appreciation worksheet, students analyze a 19th century painting called Fur Traders Descending the Missouri by George Caleb Bingham. Students answer 8 short essay questions about the painting.
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Review: 19th and 20th Century

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Take a tour of the major art movements that marked the 19th and 20th centuries. This is an excellent resource intended as an art history  review. Through examples it covers, Romanticism, Realism, photography, Impressionism,...
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Westward the Course of Empire Goes: American Imperialism in the Pacific Ocean during the Nineteenth Century

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders research the acquisition of colonial outposts throughout the Pacific Ocean by the United States during the late-nineteenth century. They present their findings to the class and propose which countries or territories the...
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The Pre-Civil War Era (1815–1850)

For Students 8th - 12th
For this online interactive U.S. history worksheet, students respond to 9 short answer and essay questions about 19th century America. Students may check some of their answers on the interactive worksheet.
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Using The Ox Cart Man to Illustrate the Life of a Working Family in Early 19th Century New England

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders discuss the farming life in 19th century New England. In this New England lesson, 3rd graders watch a DVD and listen to a story describing this time period. They answer questions and create a Venn Diagram poster showing...
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Going to School Paintings

For Teachers K - 2nd
This resource will help you compare and contrast the history of school experiences in America.  For this cross curriculum U.S. history and art appreciation lesson, students view and discuss reproductions of the 19th century "Learning the...
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The Free Trade Conundrum: Balancing Worker Wages and Consumer Prices Comparing the 19th and 21st Centuries

For Teachers 9th - 12th
By examining free trade, protectionism, and analyzing 19th and 21st century arguments for and against the tariff, students will be able to compare and contrast the 19th and 21st century. They will analyze text, answer discussion...
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Women in the 19th Century

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
How did women transform pre-Civil War America? Your young historians will learn about the cult of domesticity and discover the efforts of women to improve prisons, schools, and end slavery in the United States during the nineteenth...
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19th Century Reforms

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Take a closer look at the religious and moral reform movements in nineteenth century America, including the creation of utopian communities in response to the growth of the market economy, the fundamental ideals of Protestant religious...
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19th Century Women's Suffrage - Sheltered Activities

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Students reenact The USA v. Susan B. Anthony and discuss women's suffrage and the 19th Amendment.
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Religious Communities: 19TH CENTURY HARMONISTS

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the Second Great Awakening and the religious revivals that swept through the United States during the early decades of the nineteenth century. They compare various communities to the Harmonists of Old Economy.
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What's In a Phrase? Finding Historical Understandings in an Immigrant Guidebook

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Using a Chinese-English phrase book from the late 19th century, learners view a glimpse of life on the frontier for a Chinese immigrant. They work in groups and on their own to analyze and summarize the content of various phrases, given...
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Post Civil War America: Immigration, Industrialization, and Child Labor

For Teachers 8th - 11th
A gallery of photographs from 19th century America adorn these slides, bringing stark reality to a lesson about immigration and industrialization. The breadth and length of this presentation would lend well to a long-term history unit,...
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The Brief American Pageant: The Great West and the Agriculture Revolution

For Teachers 9th - 12th
What comes to mind when you think of the 1860's - other than the Civil War? Paired with The American Pageant textbook (or not), this series of images completes a lecture on the mid-19th century. Cattle trails, Indian wars, and explosions...
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Lincoln and the "Writ of Liberty"

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students debate and explore the rationale and ethics behind Lincoln's 19th century suspension of habeas corpus - the 'writ of liberty' and answer related questions.
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Sharing Their Stories: Native American Literature and Culture in 19th Century America

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students investigate Native American culture reading and writing about early Native American authors. They listen to an expert to extend their understanding of the culture.

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