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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. Read more »

September 11, 2001

Many children have heard of “September 11” or “9/11” but may not understand the shocking events that occurred ten years ago. Use our featured children’s book The Little Chapel That Stood to discuss the events of September 11, 2001, and talk about the community helpers in your hometown or how we remember difficult issues. Read more »

Winning the Vote for Women

Who gets to vote in elections? The answer to this question has changed over the course of American history. Explore the story behind the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed the right to vote for women in America. Learn more »

Slave Life and the Underground Railroad

During the 1800s, over 100,000 slaves in America sought freedom by running away from their owners. These brave Black Americans followed secret routes known as the Underground Railroad as they traveled north toward free states and Canada or south to Mexico. The Underground Railroad consisted of a network of people working to help bring slaves to freedom.  Like the escaping slaves, they too faced great danger but continued to help because they believed slavery was wrong. Explore more »

OurStory is Going Strong!

OurStory and History Explorer are alive and well! The Thinkfinity Community is closing June 30, 2014, but History Explorer and OurStory will continue to offer FREE standards-based K-12 resources right here. Join our new conversation on Edmodo! Join now »

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