USS Constitution: A National Symbol



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Elementary SchoolMiddle SchoolHigh School


USS Constitution emerged from the War of 1812 as a national symbol, much as we think of the Statue of Liberty or the Liberty Bell today. Artists have long depicted the ship with that legacy in mind. Share these paintings of Constitution and discuss with your students the artist’s point of view. How have they represented the ship? Would the British have the same point of view?