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Flag Day | All About the Holidays

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We all know the American flag, but how did it come about? Explore the origins of the flag and the history of why we celebrate it on Flag Day with this fun, short video.

Memorial Day | All About the Holidays

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Learn about Memorial Day with this look back at the holiday's history.

Labor Day | All About the Holidays

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Learn the history of Labor Day in this quick video. Take your students on a look back to the Industrial Revolution and the establishment of Labor Day in 1894 to honor the unions who fought for the rights of the working class.

National Aviation Day | All About the Holidays

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Take your students to the skies and celebrate National Aviation Day on August 19th. Inspire an interest in design, engineering, and exploration with this look back on aviation history.

Independence Day | All About the Holidays

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It's the Fourth of July! Learn about the history of our country's most famous birthday, and discover why we celebrate Independence Day the way we do today.

Presidents Day | All About the Holidays

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Presidents Day is an opportunity for the country to acknowledge the leaders of its government. See how it evolved from a birthday party for George Washington to an observance for all of the Presidents.

Early American Political Party Development

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Political parties are a very large part of modern politics in the United States. It is hard to imagine US politics, or even how government would function in the US, without political parties. Yet, the Constitution does not mention political parties. In fact, the first two political parties in the US emerged over disputes concerning the ratification of the Constitution. These became known as the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists, or the Democratic-Republicans. The Federalists wanted a strong federal government; the Democratic-Republicans (Anti-Federalists) wanted a weak federal government. Since this early dispute, a great number of other disputes have resulted in the emergence of an equally great number of political parties that have sought to participate in government. Review the sources in the media gallery to learn about the early history of politics and political parties in the United States. Pay close attention to what these images and descriptions say about this early political disputes and parties. These images will help you complete the worksheet in the Support Materials.

Hanukkah | All About the Holidays

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Hanukkah is a Jewish celebration, but anyone can find meaning in the holiday. Check out the origins of the tradition, and and how it is observed today.

Christmas | All About the Holidays

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Christmas Day isn't just a holiday for Christians. Learn about the various traditions that people hold to celebrate it. Then have yourself a merry little Christmas!

Valentine's Day | All About the Holidays

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No one knows for sure who St. Valentine was, but we still honor him with a holiday. Listen to one legend about who he was, and discover more about this celebration of love.

Kwanzaa | All About the Holidays

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Kwanzaa is a time to celebrate African American heritage. Learn the ways people observe this festivity and trace back its roots to ancient African customs.

Thanksgiving | All About the Holidays

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Thanksgiving is a day for us to remember what we're thankful for. Uncover the history behind this holiday!