US History Sources
National Archives Video
Sections: NASA History of Space Flight Motion
Pictures, United Newsreel Motion Pictures (1942-1945), Department of
the Interior Motion Pictures
A One-Step Portal for On-Line
Genealogy by Stephen P. Morse Use this free
search engine to track down family records trough government records
and ship manifests.
Our Documents explore 100
milestone documents of American history compiled by the National
Archives and records Administration
Historical Documents "Classic" political documents, some presidential state of
the union addresses, and many presidential inaugural addresses. Maintained at the
University of Oklahoma Law Center.
Memory Collection Finder A Guided to the Library of Congress Collections:
Search by subject and time period.
Entry Use your detective skills to uncover the stories of immigrants
to the United States
Maps Using historic maps from the Library of Congress, help students
understand what maps can tell us.
Library of Congress Lesson
Discipline or Era
It's No Laughing Matter Use this interactive activity to take apart
real-world cartoons as you learn how to spot the methods behind the
States Historical Data Census Browser
The data presented here describe the
people and the economy of the US for each state and county from 1790
History Matters: A collection of over 100 lessons based on first
person documents in text, image, and audio about the experiences of ordinary Americans
from 1876 to 1946
Presidential Elections: graphs on both Electoral votes and popular for all US
NY Times Guide
to researching your family tree
these Walls: The Smithsonian follows the inhabitants of a single house in
Massachusetts, over the course of 200 years.
Exploring US History These
modules, designed for George Mason University's U.S. survey course History 120,
offer relevant exercises that reinforce textbook readings and classroom
discussion. They provide an alternate, often entertaining, way of investigating
historical concepts and problems
A free visual data base of magazine cover art of the 19th and 20th
centuries. Also many other useful magazine links.
Early Advertising Publications:
Information about and links to books and pamphlets created by
advertising agencies to promote the concept and methods of the
The Branding of America What are "brand name" products? Why do they
endure over the years?
draws on part of a large collection of magazine and newspaper ads mainly
from U.S. publications dating between 1911 and 1955.
Emergence of Advertising in America Collection: This
collection presents more than 9,000 images relating to the early history
of advertising in the United States
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Erie Canal Time Machine
Web resource that examines the Erie Canal from its opening in 1825 to
the creation of the Barge Canal System in 1918.
Documenting the American South
(DAS) is a collection of sources on Southern history, literature and
culture from the colonial period through the first decades.
Website gallery comprised of historical photos and documents from
America's Civil War.
American Slave Narratives, From 1936 to 1938, over 2,300 former slaves
from across the American South were interviewed by writers and journalists under the aegis
of the Works Progress Administration.
Valley of the Shadow Providing an in-depth view of two
communities during the Civil War, this site uses public records,
newspapers, letters and other resources to paint the picture of what
life was like for typical communities of the Union and the
Do You See? - Using Selected Civil War Photographs, 1860-1865
In this lesson students analyze a single photograph from the American
Memory collection Selected Civil War Photographs, 1861-1865. Using the
skills developed, students then find and analyze other images.
Conclusions reached will allow students develop links between the
Civil War and American industrialization.
Approaches to History: The Lizzie Borden Case Study:
This U Mass
course is designed to give students the opportunity to pose and answer questions
through careful and intensive reading in a wide variety of primary
sources--the opportunity of doing history instead of merely reading it.
Tells A Story: Documentary Photography and the Great Depression
exercise allows viewers to examine how some of the the photos of the FSA's Walker Evans
and Dorothea Lange were created, which photos were selected for publications, and how they
were changed for public presentation.
Oral History to Explore the Lives of Everyday Americans
Using a collection of interviews and oral histories of Americans from
the 1930s, students explore social history in this lesson. Students then learn to conduct
oral history interviews of their own.
Web resource that explores the history of Chinese and Latino populations
in the Capital District, Buffalo, Syracuse, New York City, and Yonkers.
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Pioneers Experience the stories of women who forged ahead to make a better life for themselves,
their families, and their societies.
Around the World in 72 Days -
Discover the amazing life of reporter and world-adventurer Nellie Bly
The Great War
and the Shaping of the 20th Century
- Trace the events of the Great War through
interviews with nearly 20 historians, an interactive timeline and a look at the changing
face of Europe through the war.
& Glory - Explore the stories and the strategies behind two monumental World War
II events -- D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge.
Two great collections of
WWII Correspondence between husband and wife. Beautiful illustrated
Goofein Journal and the
Samuel Boylston Envelopes
The 1968 Oral History Project
A great model for a student -produced oral history project.
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