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Classroom Activities

National History Day 2005–2006

Suggested History Topics, Keywords, and Search Returns

Labor Movement

Search for images using the keyword "labor" or "reformer."
Images:

  • Ben Fletcher, 1987, Carlos Cortez, 1993.13.2

  • Strike Scene, 1934, Louis Lozowick, 1984.132.27

  • Boycott Grapes, Support the United Farm Workers Union, 1973, Xavier Viramontes, 1995.50.58

Independence

Search for images using the word "revolution," "political," or a last name (example: "Gandhi.")
Images:

  • Concord Minute Man of 1775, 1889, cast 1917, Daniel Chester French, Founder: Gorham Manufacturing Company, 1991.193

  • The Appeal to the People, 1923–1924, George Bellows, Printer: Bolton Brown, 1979.98.28

  • Gandhi, about 1945, William H. Johnson, 1967.59.358R-V

Indian Removal

Search for images using the word "Indian," or a last name (example: "Jackson.")
Images:

  • Múk-a-tah-mish-o-káh-kaik, Black Hawk, Prominent Sac Chief, 1832, George Catlin, 1985.66.2

  • Sitting Bull, Custer Battlefield, 1979, Leonard Baskin, 1997.77

  • Andrew Jackson, about 1840, Miner Kilbourne Kellogg, 1910.10.2

Equal Rights

Search for images using the word "political" or "Black History."
Images:

  • Many Mandelas, 1986, Juan Fuentes, 1995.50.20

  • NFA (Politics), 1970/printed 1972, Jerome Liebling, 1983.63.861

  • Untitled (Birmingham, Alabama), from the portfolio Ten Works x Ten Painters, 1964, Andy Warhol, Publisher: Wadsworth Atheneum, Printer: Ives-Sillman, 1965.37.1E

War

Search for images using the word "war," "military," or a last name (example: "Churchill.")
Images:

  • Burnside Bridge, Across Antietam Creek, Maryland, from Gardner's Sketchbook of the Civil War, 1862/published 1865, Alexander Gardner, 1994.91.54

  • Adolf Hitler, about 1970s, Andrea Badami, 1988.74.2

  • Winston Churchill, before 1966, William M. McVey, 1966.18

Slavery

Search for images using the word "abolitionist" or "black history."
Images:

  • Harriet Tubman, about 1945, William H. Johnson, 1967.59.1146

  • John Brown Legend, about 1945, William H. Johnson, 1967.59.1145

  • Three Great Abolitionists: A. Lincoln, F. Douglass, J. Brown, about 1945, William H. Johnson, 1983.95.51

Environment

Search for images using the word "environment."
Images:

  • Save Our Earth, 1995, Jennifer Morla, 1998.5

  • Sun Mad, 1982, Ester Hernandez , 1995.50.32

  • Earth Fair (Art Air), 1995, Milton Glaser, 1998.4

Freedom of Speech

Search for images using the words "rebellion" or "injustice."
Images:

  • Untitled (We), from the Untitled Portfolio (We will no longer be seen and not heard), 1985, Barbara Kruger, Publisher: Peter Blum Edition, 1986.50G

  • Censored, 1989, Elizabeth Layton, 1991.81

  • "You have not converted a man because you have silenced him."—John, Viscount Morley On Compromise, 1874 (From the series "Great Ideas of Western Man"), about 1955–1959, Ben Shahn, 1984.124.265

Quests

Search for images using the word "explorer" or a last name (example: "Earhart.")
Images:

  • Henry M. Stanley, about 1927, Alice Pike Barney, 1952.13.59

  • Amelia Earhart, about 1935, Alexandrina Robertson Harris, 1967.8.1

  • Major John Wesley Powell, 1885, Henry Ulke, 1924.4.2

Politics

Search for images using the word "political."
Images:

  • The Constitutional Convention (from portfolio, The Bicentenial Pageant of George Washington), 1932, John W. Winkler, Publisher: George Washington Memorial Association, 1983.75.19

  • Marcus Garvey, about 1945, William H. Johnson, 1967.59.648

  • Lincoln 1911, Gutzon Borglum, 1975.78


For a list of keywords that we use to index our collection, see the Subject Term Manual (PDF file, 148K).



Pictured: Stow Wengenroth, Old North Church, 1976, lithograph, 15 3/4 x 11 5/8 in., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Frank McClure