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Life in a Japanese American Internment Camp

During World War II, the United States was at war with Japan. By an executive order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, all Americans of Japanese descent living in “military exclusion zones” on the West Coast were forced to leave their homes and move to internment camps. Explore this story with these activities. Read more»

Students Sit for Civil Rights

How would you feel if laws decided where you could eat or go to school based only on the color of your skin? Just over 50 years ago, four African American college students challenged racial segregation by sitting down at a "whites only" counter lunch counter at Woolworth’s in Greensboro, N.C.  Find out about their story and explore fun family activities. Sit down to Stand up »

All Aboard the Train!

Railroads have moved people and cargo around America for more than 180 years. Explore steam locomotives with the read-aloud book Jingle the Brass and related activities including field trip suggestions, a video of the world’s oldest operable locomotive, and ideas for enjoying railroad lingo at play. Hop aboard »

Life in a Sod House

Before the 1860s, most of the people living on the Great Plains were Native Americans. In 1862, Congress passed the Homestead Act, allowing men or women who were 21 years old or older to "stake a claim" to 160 acres of land. Homesteaders agreed to build a home within six months and then live there for the next five years. Learn more»

Books About Asian Pacific Americans

May celebrates the cultural heritage and history of Americans from Asia and the Pacific! OurStory’s Find Books tab includes 33 recommended books about Asian Pacific American history. Whether you’re looking for a book for your kindergartener, middle schooler, or for your own reading, check out the search results for “Asian Pacific American history.” Find books»

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