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New Primary Source Set: The American Revolution and U.S. Constitution

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Published on Thu, 02/04/2016

[caption id="attachment_9047" align="alignright" width="300"]A satire touching on some of the major issues in Connecticut politics on the eve of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. The two rival factions shown are the "Federals," who represented the trading interests and were for taxes on imports, and the "Antifederals," who represented agrarian interests and were more receptive to paper money issues. The looking glass for 1787. A house divided against itself cannot stand.[/caption] The Emerging America program in collaboration with the Library of Congress and Special Education in Institutional Settings (SEIS) is pleased to announce a new primary source set on the American Revolution and U.S. Constitution! The American Revolution and U.S. Constitution are two topics in American history with abundant available resources. This set recommends only a careful selection of the most engaging. Teachers and students can focus on the most valuable sources from the time for use in classroom or research settings. The resources within the set serve as an excellent point of reference for further exploration and research into an immensely important (yet potentially dry) period of study for students. Encourage your students to view such images as a political cartoon from 1775 depicting mob violence or make use of the Library of Congress' lesson plan on George Washington. View a video from the Springfield Armory demonstrating how a flintlock works or investigate Andrew Ellicott's plan for mapping out the city of Washington D.C. as the new seat of American government. The following primary source materials breath fresh life into studying the War of Independence and the subsequent writing of the U.S. Constitution. View more details, and download or access the lesson plan online. Emerging America brings this primary source set to you thanks to the outstanding primary sources and materials provided free by the Library of Congress.  
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Karen Albano

History eNews Editor, Emerging America
Karen Albano began working with the Emerging America program in 2015. She is currently the editor of the weekly History eNews, and has contributed to many facets of the Emerging America program, including developing curriculum, improving the accessibility of the website to educators, and overseeing social media outreach.