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General American History Websites American Revolution Era Websites
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html
The Library of Congress' American Memory Project site--a treasure trove of sources from all periods; also includes teaching ideas and lesson plans at http://memory.loc.gov/learn/

http://www.gilderlehrman.org/collection/index.html
Gilder-Lehrman Institute website -wonderful collection of sources from all periods of American History

http://www.archives.gov/
National Archives and Records Administration--one of the nation's foremost collections of primary source material

http://historymatters.gmu.edu/
George Mason University's History Matters site--a great tool for primary sources from all periods and teaching ideas and lesson plans

http://docsouth.unc.edu/
University of North Carolina's Documenting the American South project site--a phenomenal resource for all things Southern, including Antebellum America, Slavery, and the Civil War

http://avalon.law.yale.edu/
Yale's Avalon project site--a great resource for documents dealing with law and diplomacy

http://newdeal.feri.org/
The New Deal Network website--a fabulous resource for all things Great Depression and New Deal

http://www.si.edu/
The Smithsonian Institution website--a great source for resources from all periods in American History

http://www.law.ou.edu/hist/
The Universtity of Oklahoma College of Law's Chronological list of primary source documents in American History--hits mainly on major documents, specifically Presidential addresses

http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/histus.html
University of Texas' collection of historical maps of America

http://valley.vcdh.virginia.edu/
The Valley of the Shadow project website--spectacular site for primary sources of two towns--one northern, on southern--from the pre-Civil War era through Reconstruction; mostly sources from "common" people

http://fisher.lib.virginia.edu/collections/stats/histcensus/
University of Virginia's website of US Census data from 1790-1960, including the ability to map data
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/gwhtml/gwhome.html
The Papers of George Washington Digital Edition; and George Washington Papers at the Library of Congress, 1741-1799
A rich source of information on colonial life and early American history.
 
http://gilderlehrman.org/collection/battlelines/index_good.html
Battle Lines: Letters from America’s Wars
An electronic exhibit consisting of a collection of letters between soldiers and their families. Organized by enlisting, comforts of home, love, combat and the end of the war. Broad coverage from the American Revolution to the Iraq War. Letters convey the humanistic aspect of war and can be used as an excellent teaching tool. Audio files are also available for the classroom. This is a great teaching tool and offesr a way to alter the medium of learning.
 
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/jefferson_papers/
Thomas Jefferson Papers; and Thomas Jefferson Digital Archive
Collections of Thomas Jefferson’s papers that detail many aspects of life in colonial America. A timeline of the life of Jefferson is available. Links to outside sources are available for any information that is not on the site itself. Easy to use and navigate. A great resource for teachers and high school students. Perfect for researchers who now have access to primary source letters.
 
www.monticello.org
Monticello – The Home of Thomas Jefferson
Biography and timeline of the life of Thomas Jefferson. Includes education resources for both teachers and students.
 
www.georgewashington.si.edu
George Washington: A National Treasure
A historic tour of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. A traveling exhibition that goes cross country to share the experience of the nations first President. Website includes links to the portrait itself, the life of George Washington and a special section devoted to kids.

www.history.org
Colonial Williamsburg
The official site for Colonial Williamsburg, the site is classroom accessible with a section designated for teacher resources. Introduction into 18th century Anglo-America, with different areas to explore on the site.
 
American Memory Timeline - The American Revolution
Teaching resources from the Library of Congress that explore the American Revolution. A wide range of topics from the British reforms that led to the war, to the effects of the war on the home.
 
PBS- The American Revolution - Liberty!
A teachers guide to the American Revolution, including six different lessons. Links to information on daily lives on people of the period, military perspectives, and important battles of the war.
 
The Innovative Teaching Newsletter - The American Revolution
A collection of resources for teaching the American Revolution. Timelines, the Federalist Paper's and the Treaty of Paris are highlighted.
 
TeacherVision - Teaching American History: Teacher Resources
A website with a collection of resources that look at American History. Lessons are separated by topic and grade level. Examines American History in its entirety with printable lesson plans.
 
The American Revolution and Its Era: Maps and Charts of North America 1750-1789
A collection of maps and charts that examine the era of the American Revolution. Contains upwards of 2,000 maps and charts. Explanations on how to interpret the data and details on the material are provided.
 
Web Guides: The American Revolution and The New Nation 1763-1815
A list of primary source documents of the era. The Federalist Papers, The Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation are highlighted.
 
American Revolution Primary Sources
Collection of primary source documents from speeches to political cartoons. Eyewitness accounts to the Boston Massacre, the Petition to the King, and images of colonial currency are among the collection.
 
The Avalon Project - 18th Century Documents - 1700-1799
Documents from law, history and diplomacy from the 18th century.
 
A Treasury of Primary Source Documents
A collection of primary sources chronicling early American history. Works contribute information on the formation of American politics, culture, and ideals.
 
From Revolution to Reconstruction
An index of primary sources and transcripts pertaining to American History. Sources broken up by date, 1751-1800
 
Spy Letters of the American Revolution
A collection of spy letters. Stories, techniques, a timeline and teachers resources can be seen.
 
E-Notes: American Revolution
Information on the American Revolution. Includes a lesson plans, biographies and links to other information.
 
A Guide to the American Revolution on the Web
Online resources for the history, battles, and documents of the American Revolution.
 
American Revolution: Information Sites
A collection of links that are directed at the history of the American Revolution. Includes online media files, historic biographies, and teaching resources.
 
The American Revolution - web links
Web links to information on the American Revolution, primary sources and web links to specific information on people, places and events of the era.
 
From Colonies to Revolution: Discovery, Exploration, Colonies & Revolution
A collection of sites that examine early American history up to the American Revolution. Timelines, maps, and primary source documents are seen. Look at colonial daily life, causes, life of a soldier and more about the American Revolution. Interesting look at women and minorities during the era.
 
The American Revolution: "The Web's-Best Student, Teacher and Parent Reference Resource
An extensive collection of links that include teacher guides, historic websites and information pertaining to the American Revolution. Videos, photos, and primary sources of the time can be viewed.

http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/continental/
Documents from the Revolution and Constitutional eras
specifically, from the American Memory Project

http://www.earlyamericanimages.com/
Early American Images website
a great source of images from the beginnings of America, which are often hard to find, which are useful in making vodcasts (video podcasts)
Gilded Age - Progressive Era Sites
http://ocp.hul.harvard.edu/immigration/ 
Immigration to the United States 1789-1930
Harvard’s Open Collections Project digitalizes its resources on immigration. Enormous archive with something for everyone, links are available to other immigration sites if you can not find something. User friendly with multiple ways to access the archive, and themes and timelines to help teachers.
 
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/papr/west/westhome.html 
Inside an American Factory: Films of the Westinghouse Works, 1904
Contains 21 actuality films showing various views of Westinghouse companies. Most prominently featured are the Westinghouse Air Brake Company, the Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company, and the Westinghouse Machine Company. The films were intended to showcase the company's operations. Exterior and interior shots of the factories are shown along with scenes of male and female workers performing their duties at the plants.
 
http://loc.gov/chroniclingamerica/index.html 
Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers
Digitalized historic newspapers offer a great primary source. Site is relatively easy to use with multiple features. Gives great insight and glimpses into American life.
 
http://dl.lib.brown.edu/temperance/ 
Alcohol, Temperance and Prohibition
The digitized items in the Alcohol, Temperance and Prohibition Collection are from the Alcoholism and Addiction Studies Collection, as well as from various collections in the Brown University Library — broadsides, sheet music, pamphlets and government publications. The purpose of this digital collection is to give researchers and interested individuals a glimpse into the rich and diverse resources at Brown's library. All of the digital items are in the public domain.
 
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/awlhtml/awlhome.html
America at Work, America at Leisure: Motion Pictures from 1894-1915
Work, school, and leisure activities in the United States from 1894 to 1915 are featured in this presentation of 150 motion pictures, 88 of which are digitized for the first time (62 are also available in other American Memory presentations). Highlights include films of the United States Postal Service from 1903, cattle breeding, fire fighters, ice manufacturing, logging, callisthenic and gymnastic exercises in schools, amusement parks, boxing, expositions, football, parades, swimming, and other sporting events.
 
http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/eaa/
The Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850 - 1920 (EAA) presents over 9,000 images, with database information, relating to the early history of advertising in the United States. The materials, drawn from the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University, provide a significant and informative perspective on the early evolution of this most ubiquitous feature of modern American business and culture.
 
http://dig.lib.niu.edu/gildedage/ 
Illinois during the Gilded Age
This site presents primary source documents that embody the struggle, themes, politics, society and culture of Illinois during the Gilded Age. Links are available for teacher references, cultural tourism and historical themes.

www.redhotjazz.com
The Red Hot Jazz Archive: A History of Jazz before 1930
The Red Hot Archive is a place to study and enjoy the music of these early "Jazzmen". This site is an experiment in using this new multimedia technology. We hope it will combine the best of books and audio recordings, into valuable and enjoyable tools for appreciating this music and the men and women who produced it. This site is a work in progress and will continue to grow as more recordings and writings are added to the archive.
Post WWII Era Sites
Battle Lines: Letters from America’s Wars
An electronic exhibit consisting of a collection of letters between soldiers and their families. Organized by enlisting, comforts of home, love, combat and the end of the war. Broad coverage from the American Revolution to the Iraq War. Letters convey the humanistic aspect of war and can be used as an excellent teaching tool. Audio files are also available for the classroom. This is a great teaching tool and offers a way to alter the medium of learning.
 
Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
The National Historic Site was established to commemorate Dr. King and his work. Congress established the National Historic Site in October of 1980. The King Center owns the Birth Home and the National Park Service maintains it. Website has links to more information and teacher and student information. Puppet shows for kids, and other events held year round.
 
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
Chronicles key episodes of the American civil rights movement and the legacy of this movement to inspire participation in civil and human rights efforts globally, through our collections, exhibitions, and educational
programs.
 
The Rutgers Oral History Archive of WWII
Oral history from WWII veterans who fought for the U.S. Includes interviews from all theatres and the home front. A great primary source for research, both by teachers and students
 

 

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