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American Symbols Resource Set

American Symbols Resource Set

The resource set includes additional sources to accompany the Primary Source Set and Lesson Ideas to help extend lessons and further student understanding. Primary Source Analysis Worksheets are available on the Elementary Primary Source Sets main page.


The Star Spangled Banner Sheet Music

The Star Spangled Banner and the American Flag & Sheet Music, 1918 (4 images total).  Click on this link to see all 4 images. (Image)

John Stafford Smith was the composer and Francis Scott Key was the lyricist.

Audio recording of the Star Spangled Banner

The Star Spangled Banner, 1898. (Audio Recording)

Audio recording of the Star Spangled Banner - John Phillips Sousa Band.

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty  (Image)

Bartholdi, Frédéric Auguste, 1834-1904.  The colossal statue by Bartholdi. Presented by the French People to America. As it will appear on its pedestal on Bedloes Island in New York Harbor.

Building the Statue of Liberty

Building the Statue of Liberty, 1884 (Photograph)

The project took a few years to build and was finally dedicated on October 28, 1886.

George Washington

Rembrandt Peale (February 22, 1778-1860) Porthole Portrait of George Washington  c. 1823 (Painting)

Rembrandt Peale based this portrait on a sitting he had with Washington back in 1898. Courtesy of American Museum of Western Art, Anschutz Collection.

The American Bison

The American Bison, 2016 (Photograph)

President officially named the American Bison a national symbol in May, 2016.

Uncle Sam

Uncle Sam (Poster)

In 1813, the United States gets its nickname, Uncle Sam. The name is linked to Samuel Wilson, a meat packer from Troy, New York, who supplied barrels of beef to the United States Army during the War of 1812

Creating Mount Rushmore National Memorial

How Gutzon Borglum first envisioned Mount Rushmore, 1941 (Photograph)

The original model of Mount Rushmore, 1941. Money ran out before the figures could be completed.

Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore, 2017. (Photograph)

Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Sculpted by Gutzon Borglum and his son, Lincoln Borglum, construction on the memorial began in 1927, and the presidents' faces were completed between 1934 and 1939.