The curated resources linked below are an initial sample of the resources coming from a collaborative and rigorous review process with the EAD Content Curation Task Force.
In 1898, the U.S. officially annexed Hawaii—but did Hawaiians support this? In this lesson, students read two newspaper articles, both hosted on the website Chronicling America, which make very different arguments about Hawaiians’ support for—or opposition to—annexation. Students focus on sourcing as they investigate the motivations and perspectives of both papers and why they make very different claims.
Stanford History Education Group
Students explore the connection between art and activism by analyzing a painting about the Gold Rush from the Autry Museum. Students are also invited to participate in activism by creating their own painting.
Autry Museum of the American West
Maps, truth, and belief have a complicated relationship with one another. Every map is a representation of reality, and every representation, no matter how accurate and honest, involves simplification, symbolization, and selective attention.
Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center
This deliberation guide focuses on the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, encouraging students to examine the choices the Californio Indigenous people faced in June 1849 as they determined how they would approach, or avoid, a future as American citizens.
Smithsonian National Museum of American History
U.S. History pop-up cases are short, one-page scenarios based on foreign policy issues in U.S. history. Use the cases to spark discussion and put your students in the shoes of policymakers. This case asks students to consider the following 1845 scenario: with thousands of American settlers migrating west to the contested Oregon Country and a campaign promise from President James K. Polk to annex the entire territory, how should the United States respond to British naval buildup in the region and a deteriorating U.S.-British relationship?
This set of Library of Congress primary sources explores the westward expansion of the United States.