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National Challenges

National Challenges

Treasures of American History

The National Museum of American History provides a broad and complex view of the American experience. The valuable pieces of history displayed here document some of the struggles, conflicts, and controversies that have shaped the nation.

By understanding the challenges of the past, Americans can draw lessons and inspiration for confronting new challenges in the present and future.

President Lincoln on Battle-Field of Antietam
Photograph by Alexander Gardner, October 1862