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The Price of Freedom: Americans at War
Smithsonian’s site about the nation’s military history.
Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

This online exhibit presented by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History “examines how wars have shaped the nation’s history and transformed American society. It highlights the service and sacrifice of generations of American men and women.”
This very well designed site is available in both a Flash version and a print version. Users with low bandwidth may want to opt for the print version by following the link at the bottom of the main page. This version is hyperlinked to artifacts and other important pieces of the exhibit so nothing is lost by using this version. The Flash version is easily navigated through an interactive timeline. The collections can also be searched by conflict and category.

The Price of Freedom offers teachers and students an in-depth look at how the conflicts, that have engaged Americans from the War for American Independence to the present conflict in Iraq, have shaped the nation’s history and changed society. Each conflict exhibit contains general statistics about the number of troops deployed and casualties, a video clip providing a brief discussion of the issues surrounding the conflict, a slide show that gives an overview and a group of artifacts related to the conflict. Educators will find a full color teachers manual for download and supporting materials that include “creative and engaging strategies to help students learn how wars have been defining moments in both the history of the nation and the lives of individual Americans”. The materials are geared to grades 5-12 and are available in .pdf format. Students will enjoy the interactive module, Who Am I? A History Mystery.


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