American Historical landmarks

, par Gaël Manescau

  • The American flag (also referred to as the Stars and Stripes or the Old Glory) is composed of 13 equal horizontal stripes of red (top and bottom) alternating with white ; there is a blue rectangle in the upper hoist-side corner bearing 50 small, white, five-pointed stars arranged in nine offset horizontal rows of six stars (top and bottom) alternating with rows of five stars ; the 50 stars represent the 50 states, the 13 stripes represent the 13 original colonies (Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Virginia)
  • Seeking independence from England and the British Crown, thirteen American colonies declared themselves sovereign and independent states. Their official flag is shown below.

Historical documents :

- The Charters of Freedom
- The Declaration of Independence
- The Constitution of the United States
- The Bill of Rights
- The Magna Carta
- The Emancipation Proclamation

This section contains reproducible copies of primary documents from the holdings of the National Archives of the United States. Teaching with primary documents encourages a varied learning environment for teachers and students alike.
The periods available go from 1754 to the present. You will also find downloadable and printable analysis worksheets.

Listen to the voices of the Presidents. In these historical clips from the Libraries’ collections, you’ll hear Presidents Hoover, Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton talk about serious policy issues with their advisors, address the nation, or have conversations with friends and family members. You’ll hear the presidents speak both publicly and privately about issues of their day.

  • The Presidential Timeline is an interactive website featuring audio, video, documents, and educational materials from all of the Presidential Libraries.
    It provides a single point of access to an ever-growing selection of digitized assets from the collections of the twelve Presidential Libraries of the National Archives. Among these assets you’ll find documents, photographs, audio recordings, and video relating to the events of the presidents’ lives. The goal of the project is to make these resources readily and freely available to students, educators, and adult learners throughout the world.
  • The Digital Vaults contains hundreds of historical documents (pictures, audio and video files...).
  • 100 Milestones Documents is a list of 100 milestone documents, compiled by the National Archives and Records Administration, and drawn primarily from its nationwide holdings. The documents chronicle United States history from 1776 to 1965.
  • America’s top 100 speeches is an index to and substantial database of audios and full text transcriptions of the 100 most significant American political speeches of the 20th century.
  • Documented Rights
    Hundreds of documents in the National Archives give voice to Americans’ struggle for personal rights and freedoms. From the Emancipation Proclamation to the five cases that comprised Brown v. Board of Education, this exhibit features a sampling of documents from all regions of the National Archives.

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