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Topics from Pre-Colonialism to modern day. As a teacher, I wanted to compile a list of games that captured thematically some of the canon pieces of history between these time periods. Ideally, something that could even be used in a classroom or after school as an enrichment tool.

If I missed something, please let me know, and I will add it (or you can add it). This is just something I came up with off the top of my head, after seeing "Founding Fathers" on sale at Miniature Market.

So far everyone has had some awesome additions and changes to the list! Thank you!
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1. Board Game: Founding Fathers [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:1080]
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This game caught my eye and is what inspired me to make this list!
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2. Board Game: Tesla vs. Edison: War of Currents [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:1780]
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Sadly, I think "The War of the Currents" is a piece of History that gets ran past very quickly. A game like this makes me want to slow down and examine it more closely!
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3. Board Game: Tammany Hall [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:614]
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The Political Machine / Progressive Era. One of my favorite topics!
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4. Board Game: Imperial [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:147]
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I have played this game once, and I really appreciate the economic approach to interpreting the "Imperialism" time period. It is definitely a perspective, that as teachers, we don't use enough.
 
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5. Board Game: New York 1901 [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:778]
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The Skyscraper Races were another favorite topic of mine to teach!
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6. Board Game: Black Friday [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1965]
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I started searching for a game about the Stock Market Crash. I found this one which looks promising. I'm not sure if there are better ones out there.
 
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7. Board Game: Axis & Allies Anniversary Edition [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:734]
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My first board game as a child that wasn't Monopoly or Battleship
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8. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.33 Overall Rank:5]
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The Cold War. I have only heard about how great this game is, but I haven't had the opportunity to try it yet.
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9. Board Game: 1960: The Making of the President [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:162]
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I have heard a lot of great things about this game ... I am starting to see a pattern in these Historically Themed games ... 2 player only. I wonder why that is.
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10. Board Game: Fire in the Lake [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:430]
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I haven't played this one, but I have seen a lot of chatter about it. I am not sure if this game plays out as a war game or not, but I think any game that is more holistic in its approach to a time period. Including politics, history, geography, etc. Would be a superior game for this list.
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11. Board Game: Freedom: The Underground Railroad [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:324]
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This- and so many other Academy Games titles. Very engaging games while passing on lessons.
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12. Board Game: 13 Days: The Cuban Missile Crisis [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:515]
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Twilight Struggle-ish mechanisms that showcase the event.
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13. Board Game: Legends of the American Frontier [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:5691]
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A fun combination of card play and story telling through Colonial times and the expansion of the West. A different game for sure.
 
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14. Board Game: Lewis & Clark [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:148]
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This might be a good addition. Each of the character cards are based on true people. If you play, you could make your class do short bios on the cards they start with and then any that they draw during the game.
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15. Board Game: Manifest Destiny [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:3011]
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Title explains the concept. I've only played this a little bit so not certain it'll fit the bill, but might be worth investigating.
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16. Board Game: American Rails [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:1214]
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I think a railway development game is appropriate - this has wider scope than Chicago Express. Union Pacific is an older, simpler alternative. Empire Builder would do too.
 
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17. Board Game: Timeline: American History [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:2284] [Average Rating:6.71 Unranked]
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This might be a good game for American history classes. It would help students establish when events happened. My seven-year old son enjoys this.
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18. Board Game: New York 1901 [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:778]
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Does anyone know if this game has any interesting historical elements? I know it is in one of my favorite time periods and topics
 
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