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The Real History That Inspired “Star Wars” - History in the Headlines. Filmmaker George Lucas may have set “Star Wars” in a galaxy far, far away, but real-life characters and events from this planet’s history inspired his creation of the sci-fi saga.

The Real History That Inspired “Star Wars” - History in the Headlines

Explore how history—some of it a long time ago and some much more recent—has been a powerful force in shaping one of Hollywood’s top movie franchises. When George Lucas developed the storyline for “Star Wars” and crafted his heroes and villains, he tapped into elements of theology, mysticism and mythology as well as his knowledge of classic films. And befitting a story set a “long time ago,” real-life history also played a central role in shaping the filmmaker’s space opera. “I love history, so while the psychological basis of ‘Star Wars’ is mythological, the political and social bases are historical,” Lucas told the Boston Globe in a 2005 interview.

Nazi Germany There’s nothing subtle about this historical allusion in “Star Wars.” World & US History Online. LivingHistorySchool. American Experience. Lesson 5: Women's Lives Before the Civil War. The War of 1812. For two and a half years, Americans fought Against the British, Canadian colonists, and native nations.

The War of 1812

In the years to come, the War of 1812 would be celebrated in some places and essentially forgotten in others. But it is a war worth remembering—a struggle that threatened the existence of Canada, then divided the United States so deeply that the nation almost broke apart. Some of its battles and heroes became legendary, yet its blunders and cowards were just as prominent. The film shows how the glories of war became enshrined in history – how failures are quickly forgotten – how inconvenient truths are ignored forever. The Elizabeth Murray Project. Mrs.

The Elizabeth Murray Project

James Smith (Elizabeth Murray), By John Singleton Copley, 1769. Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Copyright© 2002-2013 The Elizabeth Murray Project Site maintained at California State University, Long Beach Last Updated November 21, 2013 Welcome to the Elizabeth Murray Project Who was Elizabeth Murray? Mission 1. Historical Thinking Matters: Students. Primary Source Sets. Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Primary Source Sets are designed to help students develop critical thinking skills by exploring topics in history, literature, and culture through primary sources.

Primary Source Sets

Drawing online materials from libraries, archives, and museums across the United States, the sets use letters, photographs, posters, oral histories, video clips, sheet music, and more. Each set includes a topic overview, ten to fifteen primary sources, links to related resources, and a teaching guide. These sets were created and reviewed by the teachers on the DPLA's Education Advisory Committee. Read about our education projects, suggest a new topic for a primary source set, and contact us with feedback at education@dp.la. History by Era. Home. Propaganda poster collection online.

Civil Rights Movement

The Presidency and the Cold War. Revolutionary War - HistoryAnimated. Zoom In - Lessons. Rosa-parks. HSI: Historical Scene Investigation. History Engine: Tools for Collaborative Education and Research. Colonial House . Interactive History. World War II Posters. Learn: For Students: WWII History: Take a Closer Look at Primary Sources. Exploring Primary Sources with the National WWII Museum There are a lot of ways to learn history: reading books about a certain time and place, watching videos about a past event, traveling to a different part of the world.

Learn: For Students: WWII History: Take a Closer Look at Primary Sources

When you visit a museum—or in this case a museum’s website—you come in contact with actual pieces of history. Those pieces of history are called Primary Sources. They come in the form of artifacts, archives, and oral histories. When you explore primary sources from WWII, you get to see what people saw 70 years ago at a very interesting time in world history. Follow the links below to start your exploration of some of the documents in the Museum’s education collection. World War II Posters: Search Results, Northwestern University Library. North Carolinians and the Great War: The Impact of World War I on the Tar Heel State: Topical Access to Propaganda Posters. Primary sources for history & literature teachers. Virtual Tour - Statue Of Liberty National Monument. Want to know what's going on inside the Statue of Liberty's head?

Virtual Tour - Statue Of Liberty National Monument

The eTour will take you around the island and up to the crown. NPS Photo Whether you want to relive a previous visit to the Statue of Liberty, or you've never been to the park and want to get an idea of what it's like, a virtual tour is the way to go. You control your experience within the virtual tour, choosing from 360-degree panoramas, videos, pictures, and sounds. You will need to have the latest version of plugin installed on your computer. NYC Municipal Archives. Map, Interactive . The Abolitionists . American Experience . WGBH.

Written in Bone - The Secret in the Cellar: A Written in Bone Forensic Mystery from Colonial America. History Globe. In 1606, some 105 adventurers set off from England to try and establish the first permanent English colony in the New World.

History Globe

US History Image Bank. American History Resource Center. Historic American Newspapers. National Archives Experience.