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        Symbols of the United States

        Every nation has symbols — specific objects that represent beliefs, values, traditions, or other intangible ideas that make that country unique. While these symbols may change over time, they can help to bind a nation together by reminding its people of their nation’s history and most important principles. Six U.S. symbols are depicted in this Library of Congress primary source set: the Liberty Bell, the U.S. flag, the bald eagle, the national anthem, Uncle Sam, and the Statue of Liberty. This set also includes a Teacher's Guide with historical context and teaching suggestions.

        http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/primarysourcesets/symbols-us/

        The Liberty Bell

        The Liberty Bell is on display in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as a symbol of freedom and independence that exists in the United States.

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        The Human Liberty Bell

        25,000 officers and men at Camp Dix, New Jersey, formed a human Liberty Bell, a symbol of freedom and independence.

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        The New Uncle Sam — Bicycle Edition

        The New York Tribune published this image of Uncle Sam on May 16, 1897, an iconic figure to the United States.

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        Keep Him Free: Buy War Savings Stamps

        This poster shows a monumental eagle on a mountaintop as planes fly below, calling citizens of the United States to purchase stamps in order to keep the bald eagle (a symbol of USA freedom), free.

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        The Statue of Liberty

        The Statue of Liberty stands today on Liberty Island in Manhattan, New York, New York. It welcomes immigrants by boat to New York, symbolizing the freedom found in the United States.

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        A Sound Recording of The Star Spangled Banner

        This rendition of The Star Spangled Banner is done by Sousa's Band.

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        The United States Flag: The Star Spangled Banner

        High above, over a true "home of the brave," the floating folds of the Star Spangled Banner symbolize the American way of life to soldiers in training for the battles that will bring freedom to an unhappy, war-torn world.

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        The Great Seal of the United States 2

        This document is the back side of a document explaining what the Seal of the United States symbolizes, and why certain items were chosen to be included in the seal. It says "Gift- Otto Svendsen June 18, 1941."

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        The Great Seal of the United States

        This document explains what the Seal of the United States symbolizes, and why certain images and phrases were chosen to be included in the seal.

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        Liberty Bell Quilt: All American Medley Wyoming State Winner (1992)

        This quilt is an original design with a snappy medley of American signs and symbols, including the liberty bell surrounded by firecrackers, people of different ethnic groups holding hands, and an array of favored American foods. Eagles salute "America the Beautiful" at the top.

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        The Star Spangled Banner

        The Star Spangled Banner is the national anthem of the United States. Written by Francis Scott Key, the lyrics are taken from a poem titled "Defense of Fort McHenry," and are meant to inspire citizens of the United States.

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        I Want YOU for the U.S. Army

        Uncle Sam, an iconic symbol for United States Patriotism, is asking the average citizen to join the army.

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        I Did a Bald Eagle

        I Did a Bald Eagle is a drawing submitted to the September 11, 2001 Documentary Project by Sequoyah Elementary School in Knoxville, Tennessee. The artist drew what he thought symbolized the United States of America.

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        The Flag with 34 Stars

        This is a patriotic sheet music cover for a Unionist song written by General W. H. Hayward, composed and arranged by Professor C. S. Root, and dedicated to Wilson G. Horner, Esq. Columbia.

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        Great Hall: Detail of Eagle Carving, Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, D.C

        The bald eagle is an official emblem of the United States of America. It is one of the country's most recognizable symbols and appears on most of its official seals.

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        Construction of the Statue of Liberty

        This primary source depicts workmen constructing the Statue of Liberty in Bartholdi's Parisian warehouse workshop.

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        Betsy Ross, 1777

        This image is of Betsy Ross showing Major Ross and Robert Morris how she cut the stars for the American flag; George Washington sits in a chair on the left.

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        Teacher's Guide: Symbols of the United States

        Teacher's guide to primary resource set, Symbols of the United States.

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        The Star Spangled Banner (Sheet Music)

        This is the sheet music to the national anthem, titled "The Star Spangled Banner," composed by John Stafford Smith and written by Francis Scott Key.

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