Topic: Symbols

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Hanoverian Coat of Arms

This image shows the coat of arms of the House of Hanover, which ruled Great Britain after 1714. George III was the third of the Hanoverian monarchs. The...
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Jefferson to Robert Walsh

In this 1818 letter, Thomas Jefferson recalls Benjamin Franklin’s contributions to the American Revolution to a colleague interested in writing its history. He rejects negative suggestions about Franklin’s...
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Jefferson’s Cipher to Lewis & Clark, Was It Necessary?

In this lesson, students will study the journals of Lewis and Clark and analyze the journals, specifically looking at information in the journal entries that describe hardships faced...
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La Destruction de la Statue Royale

This image, created in Europe, depicts the scene in New York City as it might have looked when inhabitants pulled down the statue of George III. After the...
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Liberian Coat of Arms

Liberia’s crest portrays the West African republic as a haven for slaves and free blacks whose “love of liberty” led them across the ocean to live in peace...
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Magna Britannia: Her Colonies Reduc’d

This 1767 political cartoon warns Britain of the costs of enforcing its new taxation policies in North America. The cut up body suggests that the empire will be...
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Oration, Delivered in Corinthian Hall

In this powerful July 5, 1852 speech given in Rochester, NY, African-American abolitionist and former slave Frederick Douglass compares the freedoms being celebrated by white citizens on July...
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Rising Sun Armchair

This chair was used in 1787 by George Washington during the federal Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. At the end of the Convention, Benjamin Franklin reportedly commented, “I have...
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St. Edward’s Crown

This print depicts the royal regalia, or the ceremonial ornaments worn by English kings and queens. St. Edward’s crown with its ancient jewels, shown here at top left,...
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The Bostonians in Distress

This image, printed in London, is an artist’s imaginative interpretation of the situation in Boston after Parliament’s passage of the Coercive Acts. Bostonians are held in a cage...