United States – History


American History & Culture

100 years in Footage in 100 seconds.mov
A compilation from the Getty collection highlighting the 20th century.
American Experience
On air and online, the series brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that have shaped America’s past and present.
The American Founders Online
An Annotated Guide to Their Papers and Publications from the Library of Congress.
American History from Revolution to Reconstruction and beyond
A hypertext on the history of the United States from the colonial period until modern times. (Based initially on An Outline of American History from the U.S. State Department.
American Icons
Free mp3 files of the radio show about American cultural icons.
American Journeys
American Journeys contains more than 18,000 pages of eyewitness accounts of North American exploration, from the sagas of Vikings in Canada in AD1000 to the diaries of mountain men in the Rockies 800 years later.
American Memory
Collections from the Library of Congress.
American Radio Works
Special reports on American historical and social topics with online slideshows and Realaudio files.
America’s Stone Age Explorers
Companion website to NOVA program about the earliest Americans.
Archiving Early America
Site offers a wealth of resources — a unique array of primary source material from 18th Century America. Scenes and portraits from original newspapers, magazines, maps and writings come to life just as they appeared to this country’s forebears more than 250 years ago.
Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States
Here you will find one of the greatest historical atlases: Charles O. Paullin and John K. Wright’s Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States, first published in 1932. This digital edition reproduces all of the atlas’s nearly 700 maps.
Biography of America
A telecourse and video series that presents American history as a living narrative. … For each program you’ll find an interactive feature …. In addition, you’ll find a listing of key events of the period, a map relevant to the period, the transcript of the video program, and a ‘Webliography’ – a set of annotated web links.
Boundless US History
Free online textbook covering the history of America from ancient times through the present.
Cornell Making of America
The Cornell University Library Making of America Collection is comprised of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction.
Digital History
Digital History is committed to providing high-quality historical resources for teachers and students for free and without advertising. Includes documents, sheet music, interactive guides, American history exhibition, and more.
Documenting the American South
Documenting the American South (DocSouth) is a digital publishing initiative that provides Internet access to texts, images, and audio files related to southern history, literature, and culture.
The Early Republic: Primary Documents On Events From 1799 To 1820
This wide-ranging collection of annotated primary documents provides readers with a balanced historical account of the issues and opinions incident to the early American Republic. (SCC students, see librarian for password.)
Freedom: A History of the U.S.
Come along on an exciting journey through Joy Hakim’s story of freedom in America. (Companion to the PBS series.)
History Matters: The U.S. Survey Course on the Web
Designed for high school and college teachers and students, History Matters serves as a gateway to web resources and offers other useful materials for teaching U.S. history.
Library of Congress
An excellent source for American history and government information as well as other material.
National Museum of American History
Virtual Exhibitions online cover topics from the founding of the United States onward, with a timeline, a music room, and information about the museum and its collections.
Religion and the Founding of the American Republic
From the Library of Congress, a look at the role of religion in 17th and 18th century America.
Special Exhibits on the American Founding
Coverage of the Constitutional Convention, the Federalist/AntiFederalist debate, the ratification of the Constitution, and the election of 1800.
ShareAmerica
This site delivers information about current U.S. foreign policy and about American life and culture. It is produced by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Information Programs.
The Star-Spangled Banner
Special exhibit from the Smithsonian about the national anthem and the flag to which it refers.
Talking History
Based at SUNY Albany, this project’s mission is to provide … as broad and outstanding a collection of audio documentaries, speeches, debates, oral histories, conference sessions, commentaries, archival audio sources, and other aural history resources as is available anywhere.
Teaching American History
Learn more about American history by going back to the original source documents, from the founding through the 20th century and beyond.
U.S. History.org
From the Independence Hall Association in Philadelphia, this site features virtual tours of historical sites in Phili, facts, timelines, documents, and links.
U.S. History Tours
US History Tours powered by Google Earth. This new format traces historical developments across time, touching down on locations vital to our nation’s heritage and development. Points of interest in each tour launch primary and multimedia sources.
The War Within: Dissent During Crisis in America
Examines issues of war, peace, dissent and dialogue during critical periods in the 20th century when free speech and civil liberties were threatened.

The Revolutionary War (1775-1783)

American Revolution – Biography
The American Revolution
A site about the battles, people, and events of the Revolutionary War.
BritishBattles.com: American Revolutionary War
A description of the American Revolution from the British point of view.
Encyclopedia.com: American Revolution
Tabs allow selection of readings from The Oxford Companion to American Military History, The Dictionary of American History, The Oxford Companion to United States History, and The Columbia Encyclopedia, as well as offering links to further articles.
A Guide to the American Revolution, 1763-1783
A webguide from the Library of Congress with a range of digital materials including scanned newspapers, pictures, documents, and links to other websites.
History.com: American Revolution
Short articles on historical topics, arranged by suhject.
The History Place: American Revolution
Timelines in American history.
Kid Info: American Revolution
Large set of subject-organized links to sites pertaining to the history, trivia, battles, people, places, and documents of the American Revolution.
Liberty! The American Revolution
Companion website to the PBS series of the same name.
Pictures of the Revolutionary War
From the National Archives.
RevolutionaryWarAnimated.com
After reading book after book about the Revolutionary War and finding only complicated maps with dotted lines and dashed lines crisscrossing the pages, we decided to depict the key naval and land battles using animation technology. (Free selections.)

Slavery (Colonial Era - 1865)

Africans in America (1450-1865)
America’s journey through slavery is presented in four parts. For each era, you’ll find a historical Narrative, a Resource Bank of images, documents, stories, biographies, and commentaries, and a Teacher’s Guide.
American Memory: Born in Slavery
More than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves.
American Memory: Slaves and the Courts, 1740-1860
just over a hundred pamphlets and books (published between 1772 and 1889) concerning the difficult and troubling experiences of African and African-American slaves in the American colonies and the United States.
American Memory: Voices from the Days of Slavery
The almost seven hours of recorded interviews …. Twenty-three interviewees, born between 1823 and the early 1860s, discuss how they felt about slavery, slaveholders, coercion of slaves, their families, and freedom.
The Atlantic Slave Trade in Two Minutes
315 years. 20,528 voyages. Millions of lives. Shown in an animated map format.
Digital History: Overview of Slavery
Selections from an online textbook. From this page, click the tabs for the actual Textbook, documents, images, etc.
Lest We Forget: The Triumph Over Slavery
Created by the NY Public Library and the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture to mark the United Nations International Year to Commenorate the Struggle Against Slavery and Its Abolition (2004). Requires Flash.
North American Slave Narratives
Books and articles that document the individual and collective story of African Americans struggling for freedom and human rights in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries.
Slavery and the Making of America
A timeline from the companion website to the PBS series.
Samuel J. May Anti-Slavery Collection
Hundreds of bound volumes of pamphlets, documenting all aspects of the War-social, political, and religious.
Slavery in America
The tragedy of slavery in America is an undeniably influential part of American history. These sites provide all the historic details, as well as a better understanding of how this practice affected (and continues to affect) the social and political fabric of the country. A collection of links from the ‘Finding Dulcinea’ project.
Slavery in New York
An online exhibit about slavery in New York State from the 1600s to 1827 (when it was legally abolished in the state).
The South’s Shocking Hidden History: Thousands of Blacks Forced Into Slavery Until WW2
The horrifying, little-known story of how hundreds of thousands of blacks worked in brutal bondage right up to the middle of the 20th century. (Jan. 2013)
Tracks to Freedom: The Inspiring Story of the Underground Railroad
A newly found journal of interviews with fugitive slaves gives insight into the secret network. From National Geographic.
Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database
Information on almost 35,000 that forcibily emigrated over 10 million Africans for transport to the Americas between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. It offers researchers, students and the general public a chance to rediscover the reality of one of the largest forced movements of peoples in world history.

The Civil War (1861-1865)

American Battlefield Trust
The American Battlefield Trust preserves America’s hallowed battlegrounds and educates the public about what happened there and why it matters. Includes maps, photos, apps, virtual tours, articles (such as an Overview of the Civil War) and more.
The American Civil War Homepage
Articles, pictures, maps, and tons of links. Organized by topic.
The Atlantic: Civil War 150th Anniversary Issue
On the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, we present this commemorative issue featuring Atlantic stories by Mark Twain, Henry James, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Frederick Douglass, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Louisa May Alcott, and many more.
The Civil War – Harper’s Weekly Original Civil War Newspapers
Harper’s Weekly was the most popular newspaper during the Civil War, and it featured stunning illustrations, and in depth stories on all the important people and events of the war.
The Civil War in Art
“The Civil War in Art: Teaching and Learning through Chicago Collections” is intended to help teachers and students learn about the Civil War—its causes and effects—and connect to the issues, events, and people of the era through works of art.
Civil War Maps
Civil War Maps brings together materials from three premier collections: the Library of Congress Geography and Map Division, the Virginia Historical Society, and the Library of Virginia….all available for the first time in one place.
Civil War Photographs: The Matthew Brady Bunch
The Civil War was the first American war thoroughly caught on film. Mathew Brady and his crew of photographers captured many images of this divisive war, ranging from portraits to battle scenes. These photographs–over 1,000–are in Selected Civil War Photographs 1861-1865 in American Memory. From the Library of Congress.
The Civil War: : Primary Documents On Events From 1860 To 1865
Strong collection of annotated primary documents from the Civil War years present a wide range of opinions, North and South, on the major political and military controversies of the time. From Greenwood eBooks. (SCC students, check with librarian for password.)
Discovering the Civil War: Resources
An exhibit from the National Archives.
Disunion: The Civil War
One-hundred-and-fifty years ago, Americans went to war with themselves. Disunion revisits and reconsiders America’s most perilous period — using contemporary accounts, diaries, images and historical assessments to follow the Civil War as it unfolded. From the New York Times.
Documenting the American South
A digital publishing initiative that provides Internet access to texts, images, and audio files related to southern history, literature, and culture. Includes the Civil War and Reconstruction eras.
Essential Civil War Curriculum
Produced by today’s foremost Civil War historians, this site contains a definitive list of over 325 topics that every student of the Civil War should study. Includes articles, images, lists of resources, and more.
History.com: Civil War
Covers the conflict from the background and outbreak to the end, with an additional section of photographs.
National Geographic: The Battles of the U.S. Civil War
Learn about the strategic, though often unpredictable, locations of battles during the U.S. Civil War from 1861 to 1865.
National Park Service: Civil War
Looks at the stories, the people, and the places relating to the US Civil War.
Painting Pickett’s Charge
Describes the work behind Rothermel’s painting of Pickett’s Charge, and the compromises between accuracy, politics, and composition which the painter made. (New York Times, Nov. 2013)
Smithsonian Magazine: Special Report: The Cibil War
Links to articles and images of the people and events of the U.S. Civil War.
Torn in Two
The American Civil War is one of the defining events in American history. To commemorate its 150th anniversary, the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library presents the exhibition, Torn in Two: 150th Anniversary of the Civil War.
US Civil War: Selected Resources
Text, maps, and photos from the Library of Congress.
The Valley of the Shadow
The Valley Project details life in two American communities, one Northern and one Southern, from the time of John Brown’s Raid through the era of Reconstruction. In this digital archive you may thousands of original letters and diaries, newspapers and speeches, census and church records….

The 1920s

America in the 1920s: Becoming Modern
BECOMING MODERN presents an expansive collection of primary sources designed to enhance classroom study of the 1920s—a brief but defining period in American history, perhaps the first that seems immediately recognizable to us in the 21st century.
American History From Revolution to Reconstruction:… Modernism and Experimentation: 1914-1945
From a hypertext project on American history based on An Outline of American History and related works.
InfoPlease: 1920-1929 World History
Timeline to significant world events during the 1920’s, with links.
Jazz Age Culture
Tons of annotated links about Jazz Age music, art, writers, society and culture from a professor of English at Pittsburg State University. Another page contains links specifically about Jazz Age poetry.
African American Sites in the Digital Collections: 1900-1929: Progressive Era to New Era
Articles from the Library of Congress.
Prosperity and Thrift: The Coolidge Era and the Consumer Economy, 1921-1929
Documents, photos, audio, and video files from the Library of Congress.
Thought.co: 1920s
Includes articles on flappers, Prohibition, and various people and events of the era.
Thought.co: Women’s Suffrage
Links relating to women’s right to vote.
World War I / Prohibition Era
Timeline with links.

Prohibition (1920-1933)

Alcohol, Temperance and Prohibition
Reproductions of pamphlets from before and during the Prohibition era.
Indomitable Spirits: Prohibition in the United States
An exhibit from the Digital Public Library of America showing the lead-up to Prohibition, the Prohibition years, the repeal of the 21st Amendment, and Prohibition’s long-lasting legacy.
NPR: Prohibition Life: Politics, Loopholes And Bathtub Gin
A Fresh Air interview with the author of a book about the era.
PBS: Prohibition
A tie-in to the series by Ken Burns, with information, short biographies, maps, images, and streaming video clips from all three episodes.
Prohibition: A Case Study of Progressive Reform
A study about prohibition and its effects, based on documents at the Library of Congress.
Prohibition: The Noble Experiment
Facts and trivia about Prohibition.
Temperance & Prohibition
From a professor in the Ohio State Department of History.

The 1930s & Great Depression

American Experience: Surviving the Dust Bowl
The story of the farmers who came to the Southern Plains of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas dreaming of prosperity, and lived through ten years of drought, dust, disease and death.
American History From Revolution to Reconstruction:… Modernism and Experimentation: 1914-1945
From a hypertext project on American history based on An Outline of American History and related works.
Digital History: the Great Depression
Selections from an online textbook, with text, images, multimedia, and further links.
The Dust Bowl
A detailed article from EH.Net Encyclopedia.
Great Depression
An article from The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics.
The Great Depression
The history and art of the Depression era and Dust Bowl.
The Great Depression
Series of short YouTube videos from Britannica.
The Great Depression and the New Deal, 1929-1940s
An overview by a teacher of U.S. history.
Library of Congress: Farm Security Administration
The images in the Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information Collection are among the most famous documentary photographs ever produced.
The New Deal
The New Deal was a series of programs and projects instituted during the Great Depression by President Franklin D. Roosevelt that aimed to restore prosperity to Americans. Set of articles from History.com.
An Overview of the Great Depression
Lengthy article from the EH.Net Economic History Encyclopedia.
Shmoop: The Great Depression
Article, timeline, people, statistics, and more.
Thought.co: The Great Depression
Overview and links to related articles.
Voices from the Dust Bowl
An online presentation of a multi-format ethnographic field collection documenting the everyday life of residents of Farm Security Administration (FSA) migrant work camps in central California in 1940 and 1941.

September 11 (2001)

9/11 Remembered – Ten Years On
A retrospective from an Australian newpaper, including stories, video, audio, and photos.
American Rhetoric: Rhetoric of 9/11
This SPECIAL ISSUE of the Online Speech Bank contains [114] active links to historic and recent speeches and other rhetorical artifacts following the 11 September 2001 attacks in New York and Washington D.C.
Awesome Stories: America Attacked
It is the story of the worst attack on U.S. soil since the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Told in a dozen short one-page segments.
BBC News: America’s Day of Terror
Timeline, pictures, audo and video recordings, the four planes involved, and other information.
National September 11 Memorial and Museum
The museum will be dedicated on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and open to the public on September 12, 2011. The website includes museum information, several online collections, a timeline, World Trade Center history, and more.
The September 11 Digital Archive
Images, stories, audio, video, documents, more.
September 11, 2001, Documentary Project
The September 11, 2001 Documentary Project captures the reactions, eyewitness accounts, and diverse opinions of Americans and others in the months that followed the terrorist attacks … Patriotism and unity mixed with sadness, anger, and insecurity are common themes expressed in this online presentation of almost 200 audio and video interviews, 45 graphic items, and 21 written narratives. From the Library of Congress.
September 11, 2001 Web Archive
The September 11, 2001, Web Archive preserves the web expressions of individuals, groups, the press and institutions in the United States and from around the world in the aftermath of the attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001.
Time: September 11 Attacks: Ten Years Later
To hail that spirit on the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001, TIME revisited the people who led us, moved us and inspired us, from the morning of the attacks through the tumultuous decade that followed.
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