Ciphers, Codes, and Spies, Oh My!

Saturday, October 18 at Centerra

Join us and bring your magic decoder rings. You will explore the wide-spread use of codes in US history, examine some math behind ciphers, decipher coded letters, join Pinkerton’s spy agency, and analyze legislation about espionage.  Experience hands-on activities and develop materials for your own classrooms.

Pre--requisite: Essentials Exploration workshop.

Class is full. Please email primary.sources@unco.edu to be notified regarding when Ciphers, Codes, and Spies, Oh My! will be reoffered.

   

8:30 a.m.

Welcome/coffee

Sign in; Introductions

Overview of today’s program

In-class assignment

In-Class Worksheet

Strategies:  Close Reading, Analysis, Questioning,

Activity:   Ciphers: From Caesar to Thomas Jefferson

  • Alphabet analysis
  • Visual displays

Classroom

10:00

10 minute break

Strategies:  Close Reading, Analysis, Compare and Contrast

Activity:  Culper Ring

  • Creating a cipher mathematically
  • Mapping the Culper Ring’s route

Classroom

Strategies:  Close Reading of multiple texts, Analysis, Summary

Activity:  You are a Pinkerton Agent

Classroom

12:30-1:00 Lunch

Credit information and day’s assignment

Syllabus

Strategies:  Close Reading, Analysis, Text-dependent- hypothesis testing

Activity: The Patriot Act and today’s “I Spy”

Classroom

Take a break as needed

Individual Work:

  • Introduction to applicable Library of Congress Sites
  • Finding primary sources, getting help and feedback from facilitators

For Credit:

Everyone complete the workshop assignment.

3:30 – 4:00

Wrap up

 

Ciphers, Codes, and Spies Workshop Resources

Revolutionary War timeline w/ GW letter in code

http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/ presentationsandactivities/presentations/timeline/amrev/peace/ngreene.html

Jefferson’s Invention

Thomas Jefferson, no date, Cipher Wheel, Notes and Copy

http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mss/mtj.mtjbib025756 and pages following

Info on Jefferson’s cipher and his “secret” message to Congress

http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/lewisandclark/lewis-landc.html#56

The Thomas Jefferson Papers Series 1. General Correspondence. 1651-1827
Thomas Jefferson, no date, Printed Numerical Cipher
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mss/mtj.mtjbib025755

http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mss/mtj.mtjbib000991

http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mss/mtj.mtjbib012030

http://www.loc.gov/search/?q=jefferson%27s+cipher Results for "jefferson's cipher" and the actual cipher:

http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/images/jefferson_cipher.gif

Transcript: Jefferson's Secret Message to Congress  

http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/lewisandclark/transcript56.html

Used for letter frequency worksheet.

http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/lewisandclark/lewis-landc.html#56

Original

Cipher Sleuths Lesson on  Ciphers with the Caesar Key Circle
http://www.nsa.gov/academia/_files/collected_learning/elementary/data_analysis/cipher_sleuths.pdf

George Washington Papers at the Library of Congress, 1741-1799: Series 4. General Correspondence. 1697-1799
Samuel Culper Jr. to John Bolton, August 6, 1779, in Code with Translation

http://memory.loc.gov/mss/mgw/mgw4/060/0800/0873.jpg

(Two  important Culper Ring members)

Results for "The Committee of Secret Correspondence"

Used for letter frequency worksheet.  Jefferson’s “secret” letter

http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/lewisandclark/lewis-landc.html#56

http://www.loc.gov/search/?q=The+Committee+of+Secret+Correspondence&dates=1700-1799&st=gallery

Caleb Brewster to George Washington, July 30, 1781

 

Map of the southern part of the state of New York including Long Island, the Sound, the state of Connecticut, part of the state of New Jersey, and islands adjacent : compiled from actual late surveys

http://www.loc.gov/item/97683278/

Spy routes—for map exercise

http://longislandgenealogy.com/patriots.html#spy

Lesson plan “borrowed” from this plan—this map on p. 6

http://historytech.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/importance_of_spy_rings_and_espionage.pdf

Math and algebra Culper lessons from this site

http://www.mountvernon.org/educational-resources/for-teachers/lesson-plans-and-materials/

CIA intelligence cycle

https://www.cia.gov/kids-page/6-12th-grade/who-we-are-what-we-do/the-intelligence-cycle.html

Civil War stereographs from the collection of William A. Pinkerton

http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2011645452/

The Culper Spy Ring and Benedict Arnold

http://www.culperspyring.com/

Spy Letters of the American Revolution: From the Collections of the Clements Library

http://clements.umich.edu/exhibits/online/spies/index-main2.html

  George Washington, Spymaster

http://www.tballen.com/george_washington__spymaster_30059.htm

http://www.amazon.com/George-Washington-Spymaster-Americans-Revolutionary/dp/1426300417

Women Soldiers in the Civil War, Part 2: Their Service Remembered in Library of Congress Primary Sources  

February 21, 2013 by Cheryl Lederle

http://blogs.loc.gov/teachers/2013/02/women-soldiers-in-the-civil-war-part-2-their-service-remembered-in-library-of-congress-primary-sources/

The Female Spy of the Union Army; The Thrilling Adventures, Experiences and Escapes of a Woman as Nurse , Spy and Scout in Hospitals, Camps and Battlefields by S. Emma E. Edmonds 1864

http://lccn.loc.gov/a13001431

https://archive.org/details/femalespyofunion00edmu

Congress.gov - USA PATRIOT Act (National Security v. Civil Liberties)

(USA Patriot ACT - Status of Legislation (Became Law) and sorted for the years 2001-2002, 2007-2008 and 2011-2012)

(H.B. 3162 - The Original USA PATRIOT Act)

(S. 990 - PATRIOT Sunsets Extension Act of 2011)

Humor's Edge; Cartoons by Ann Telnaes

http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/telnaes/telnaes-checklist.html

http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/telnaes/telnaes-tab.html

http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/telnaes/telnaes-w.html

(Guide to Identifying People by their Headgear 9/26/01)

(I Want Your Civil Liberties 12/18/01)

(Patriotic Surveillance 6/3/03)

(For the New Year I've Decided to Give Up Smoking, Drinking and My Civil Rights 12/6/01)

Freedom of Information Act and Amendments of 1974 (P. L. 93-502) source book : legislative history, texts, and other documents

http://www.loc.gov/rr/frd/Military_Law/pdf/FOIA-1974.pdf