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AFRICAN AMERICAN MOSAIC
Library of Congress presentation of its African American collection covering 500 years of history

AFRICANS IN AMERICA
Companion to the TV series, with historical background, annotated images and documents, stories, biographies, and commentaries

ALL ABOUT THE OREGON TRAIL
Lots of information on the famous trail and how it opened up the way to the West - excellently done!

AMERICAN CIVIL WAR HOME PAGE
Exhaustive resources on events and people who shaped our nation in its darkest hour - not well formatted

AMERICAN JOURNEYS
Primary source accounts of exploration of North America, from the Vikings to the mountain men moving west

AMERICAN REVOLUTION
Joseph Logan shares his passion for american history with teachers and students everywhere with this first rate resource

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: SURVIVING THE DUST BOWL
Online extension of PBS series on the 1930s midwest ecological disaster

AMERICAN MEMORY
Searchable database of the Library of Congress online digital collection - priceless

AMERICAN WEST
Includes the Westward Expansion, Trails, Documents, Cowboys, Native Americans, Pioneers, Trappers, Scouts, Gunslingers, Outlaws, Gunbattles, Ghost Towns and Gold & Silver Mining

AMERICAN WORDS AND DEEDS
Searchable database specifically for the manuscripts division of the Library of Congress

ARCHIVING EARLY AMERICA
Historic early American documents, trivia, life in Colonial times, Colonial crossword puzzle

BUILT IN AMERICA
Online document achievements in architecture, engineering, and design in the United States and its territories through a comprehensive range of building types and engineering technologies

CHEROKEE HISTORY
Authentic history, images, maps, genealogy resources, books, newspapers and links to further information

CHEROKEES OF CALIFORNIA
Nice sampling of Cherokee culture, language and spiritual beliefs online

CHILD LABOR IN AMERICA
Presented by the History Place, uses Kewis W. Hines poignant photographs to present children's working conditions at the turn of the last century

THE COLD WAR MUSEUM
Online exhibits and resources that allow high school students to explore this era in history

COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG
Premier site on daily life in Colonial America - the only way to see more is to visit in person

COLUMBUS LETTER
Online presentation of Columbus' letter to Queen Isabella seeking sponsorship for his exploration of the New World

DEAR MRS. ROOSEVELT
During the Great Depression, thousands of young people wrote to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt for help. They asked for clothing, money, and other forms of assistance. This is a collection of that correspondence

THE FEDERALIST PAPERS
Online catalogue of all 85 papers along with the ability to search the entire database

4DIRECTIONS
Focuses on integrating Native American culture and technology into education in a way that enables students to maintain and learn their heritage while taking full advantage of their future

HARRIET TUBMAN AND THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD
Mrs. Taverna's second grade class at Pocantico Hills School created a timeline, wrote a QUIZ, wrote some character sketches, and made some crossword puzzles about Harriet Tubman

HISTORICAL TEXT ARCHIVE
Don Mabry's directory of all kinds of primary resources dealing with every aspect of human history

HISTORICAL UNITED STATES CENSUS DATA BROWSER
Immigration data from 1790 through the 1970s made easy to view and analyze; from the University of Virginia

HISTORYBUFF
Press coverage of historical events, includes a presidential library plus a searchable library and many interactive features - great design

HISTORY DETECTIVES
Online how-to guides for historiography, complete with case studies, do's and dont's, and investigative techniques

THE HISTORY PLACE
Online exhibits of American history from the American Revolution through WWII, nicely done

THE IMPEACHMENT OF ANDREW JOHNSON
In-depth look at the historical circumstances and the political climate surrounding this infamous event, from the folks at Harper's Weekly

KID'S CASTLE
Smithsonian Magazine production for kids ages 8-16 on sports, history, the arts, travel, science and air and space, all with great photos

LEWIS AND CLARK
National Geographic presentation of the great trek westward to explore and map out the recently purchased Louisiana territory at the request of President Jefferson

THE LIFE OF CIVIL WAR PRIVATE JEFFERSON MOSES
Memoirs, diaries and primary source documents and links on the life of a common man during the War Between the States

MAYFLOWER WEB PAGES
This is "Mayflower Central"; all the links you need to study the coming of the Pilgrims to what is now Massachusetts

NASA AT 40
New York Times' perspective of the history of NASA as we ended the twentieth century

NATIONAL VISIONARY LEADERSHIP PROJECT
This project works to tell, preserve, and disseminate the first-person stories of African AMerican, while creating a strong educational foundation for the young vibrant leaders of the future

NATIVE AMERICAN LINKS
Art, clothing, crafts, games, legends, recipes, songs, dances and teaching aids

NATIVE WEB
Resources on indigenous cultures around the world; not as accessible as it could be but there is excellent information here if you have the time to dig

PIONEERING THE UPPER MIDWEST
Portrays the states of Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin from the seventeenth to the early twentieth century through primary sources

RADIO DAYS: A SOUNDBITE HISTORY
20th century events brought to life through timelines, news, and entertainment recordings - searchable database too

SALEM WITCHCRAFT HYSTERIA
National Geographic online interactive presentation immersing the participant in the experience of 1692 Salem, Massachusetts

SEMINOLE TRIBE TIMELINE
From history and anthropology to genealogy and current events, a nicely formatted, easy on the eyes site

SIPAPU
Three-dimensional reconstruction of a Great Kiva, an architectural feature found in Chetro Ketl which is located in Chaco Canyon in northwestern New Mexico

TEACHING WITH DOCUMENTS
From the National Archives of the United States, teaching activities correlated to the National History Standards and National Standards for Civics and Government, and cross-curricular connections

THOMAS JEFFERSON ONLINE
Archives, photos, and classroom applications, based on the Ken Burns film

TOCQUEVILLE'S AMERICA
Wonderful site dedicated to the reflections of Alexis DeTocqueville in the 1800s - classic perspective on Americana

VALLEY OF THE SHADOW
Awesome University of Virginia site comparing the Civil War years in Augusta County, Virginia, and Franklin County, Pennsylvania

THE WHOLE WORLD WAS WATCHING
An oral history of the summer of unrest from Brown University - high school level

 

 
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