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Teaching American History

In cooperation with the Cumberland River Valley Consortium and other Teaching American History initiatives, TSLA has digitized primary source materials that will be useful for K-12 teachers and students. Linked with Tennessee’s standards for teaching American history, items will be divided into the ten eras of history as designated by the State Department of Education (see chart).

Each primary source featured in the era presentations will include brief interpretive text, in addition to a reference to the state performance indicator being addressed. There is also a link to our online exhibits; eventually, we will provide sample lesson plans for teachers based on our holdings of historical images and documents.