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Government & History

American Government

  • C-Span
  • The Democratic Party - The web site for the DNC provides news and events with regard to Democrats, voter outreach and Democratic links.
  • USA.gov - This site allows access to all 20,000 government sites from a single central point.
  • Library of Congress
  • On the Issues - “Every political leader on every issue.”
  • Project Vote Smart -This comprehensive web site has links and loads of information on state and federal candidates, politicians, elections and voting records.
  • The Republican Party - The Official Web Site for the republican National Committee, offering information about the party, key issues, and news on upcoming events and how to get involved.
  • The Senate
  • The State Department Home Page  - This constantly updated site has the official attitudes and statements on a wide range of current issues. This site also has an excellent foreign countries section.
  • United Nations Official Web Site

The Civil War 

General Resources

  • The Civil War - Here is another "The History Place" site with timelines and links.
  • Civil War Home Page  - An excellent resource for Civil War information, photos, letters, and more.
  • Civil War Medicine  - When the Civil War began in April 1861, medicine was approaching what Surgeon General William Hammond called "the end of the medical Middle Ages." This site outlines some of the medical practices 
  • of the day.
  • Images of the Civil War  - Selected images listed by subject, from the Natonal Archive.
  • U.S. Civil War Center  - This is an excellent site that attempts to index all the Civil War information available on the Web.
  • Women in the Civil War  - Some information on the roles women played in the Civil War -- from soldiers to surgeons.

Diaries, Letters Documents

  • Alice Williamson Diary  - This cyber-volume is the 36-page diary kept by schoolgirl Alice Williamson at Gallatin, Tennessee from February to September 1864. The main topic of the diary is the occupation of Gallatin and the surrounding region by Union forces under General Eleazer A. Paine. Images of the original diary are side by side with the text.
  • 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 Works Progress Administration. These former slaves, most born in the last years of the slave regime or during the Civil War, provided first-hand accounts of their experiences on plantations, in cities, and on small farms.
  • Gettysburg Address  - This Library of Congress' website includes: Drafts of the Gettysburg Address, Lincoln's Invitation to Gettysburg, the only known photo of Lincoln at Gettysburg, and a discussion of the preservation techniques for original drafts.
  • Letters Home from an Iowa Soldier in the U. S. Civil War  - The letters at this website are part of a collection written by Newton Robert Scott, Private, Company A, of the 36th Infantry, Iowa Volunteers. Most of the letters were written to Scott's neighborhood friend Hannah Cone, in their home town of Albia, Monroe County, Iowa, over the three year period that he served as Company A's clerk.

Biographies

World War I

 

World War II

General Resources

  • The War II Page  - World War II ended on September 2, 1945 with the formal surrender of Japan aboard the U.S. battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of the war, Grolier has put together what they believe to be the definitive collection of World War II historical materials on the Web.
  • World War II Links
  • Photographs of World War II

The Holocaust

The Homefront

From the Library of Congress.

War in the Pacific

Diaries

  • Emigrant Diaries and Journals  - Links to letters and diaries of women and men who first traveled across the trails and prairies during the great western expansion.
  • Historical Diaries  - Library of Western Fur Trade Historical Source Documents.
  • Women's Archives  - The Special Collections Library at Duke University has diaries of the Women's Liberation Movement, African American Women, and Civil War Women.

General Information

Wars

French-Indian War (1754 -1763)

American Revolution (1775 - 1783)

  • The American Revolution  - This site has good background timelines with links to other sites from "The History Place."
  • Liberty: The American Revolution (PBS)  - Includes headlines, timelines, resource material and related topics---a potpourri of information on the American Revolution. Picture this: Daily Life in the Colonies, the Global Village, and a Military point-of-view. Newly naturalized citizens. A photo essay.
  • Loyalists and the American Revolution  - The saga of those loyal to England is often one of the overlooked stories of the American Revolution. Loyalists in general are greatly misunderstood by the citizens of the 20th century. Loyalist motives and viewpoints have been all but ignored. Here is a brief telling of their story.

War of 1812 (1812 - 1815)

  • Star Spangled Banner  - Complete lyrics to our national anthem.
  • The War of 1812 - Articles on Army Life - Battles - Biographies - Forts - General - Naval - Regiments - Uniforms - Equipment. Includes images and vi

The Mexican War (1846-1848)

Spanish-American War (1898)

Korean War (1950 - 195

  • Korean War Commemoration  - A wonderfully informative web site featuring background information, maps and documents from the Korean War.

Vietnam War (1957 - 1975)

Persian Gulf War (1991)

U.S. History

 

  • Biography of America  - Presents American history as a living narrative. You'll find a listing of key events of each historical period, a map relevant to the period, the transcript of the related video program, and a "Webography" - a set of annotated web links.
  • The Constitution of the United States  - View the original or read the transcript. From the National Archives. Text, photos.
  • The Declaration of Independence  - View the original or read the transcript. From the National Archives. Text, photos.
  • History: United States  - A timeline of U.S historical events is available here, with links to pages that cover those events.
  • The History Place - This is an excellent general, US and World History site.
  • The National Archives  - A digital collection of documents and images related to the U.S. government. Many are official documents that are preserved in their original form, and are made available to the public here in digital format. Also includes exhibitions, curriculum, and learning aids related to primary sources.
  • Social Security History  - Exceptionally well-presented collection of information on the history of the Social Security program and Social Security Administration. Plenty of graphics and photos, as well as sound and video clips.

U.S. Presidents

Historical Documents

 

  • EURODOCS Primary Historical Documents from Western Europe  - Links connect to Western European (mainly primary) historical documents that are transcribed, reproduced in facsimile, or translated. They shed light on key historical happenings within the respective countries (and within the broadest sense of political, economic, social and cultural history).
  • Primary Source Documents  - Primary source documents and material available on the web from before 1400 to modern day.

Speeches

  • American Rhetoric – An excellent site offering the most famous speeches in American history, from history and politics to movies.
  • Great Speeches - Hear the words that changed the world. From Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech to Lou Gehrig's farewell to baseball, this vast collection is drawn from the most famous broadcasts and recordings of the twentieth century.
  • Words Deeds in American History  - Approximately ninety representative documents spanning from the fifteenth century to the mid-twentieth century. Included are the papers of presidents, cabinet ministers, members of Congress, Supreme Court justices, military officers and diplomats, reformers and political activists, artists and writers, scientists and inventors, and other prominent Americans whose lives reflect our country's evolution.

Eyewitness Accounts

Westward Expansion

General Resources

  • Personalities of the West  - Part of the Overland Trail Website. Provides links to biographical information on Mountain Men, Trail Blazers, Women of the West, and Cowboys and Gunslingers.
  • The West  - Another multimedia contribution by Ken Burns and family. Sponsored by PBS and General Motors, this site provides a vast amount of information on people, events, photos, art, and primary sources from West.

Trails

Indians

Battle of Little Bighor

Diaries, Memoirs Letters

The Alamo

  • The Alamo  - The official Alamo website.

The Frontier and Pioneers

The Gold Rush

Railroads

Geography Resources

  • Atlapedia Online - Contains full color physical and political maps as well as key facts and statistics on countries of the world.
  • CIA World Fact Book  - Check out this source for volumes of information on countries all over the world, maps and more. Text, graphics.
  • Library of Congress Country Studies  - The site gives very detailed information on countries' geography, society, economy, transportation, communications, government, politics and history.
  • Map Machine at National Geographic  - "The National Atlas is designed to serve the interests and needs of a diverse populace in many ways; as an essential reference; as a framework for information discovery; as an instrument of education; as an aid in research; and as an accurate and reliable source for scientific information."--Source.
  • MapQuest
  • Online Outline Maps  - This site offers a selection of outline maps for use in the classroom or at home.

World History & Ancient Cultures

General Resources on Ancient Cultures

Chinese History

Greek History

  • Ancient Greek History
  • The Ancient Greek World  - Discusses the land, daily life, economy, religion and death.
  • The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization  - From PBS, this site includes information on Greek warfare, Greek culture, Greek politics, Greek architecture, and people in Greek history.
  • Hercules
  • Perseus Project  - The Perseus Project is an evolving digital library of resources for the study of the ancient world and beyond. Collaborators initially formed the project to construct a large collection of materials, textual and visual, on the Archaic and Classical Greek world.

Egyptian Empire

  • Pharaoh  - Take an online tour of the world of the ancient Pharaohs--from daily life and geography to alien gods and mummies--courtesy of the British Museum.
  • Pyramids  - Have you ever dreamed of exploring the pyramids of Egypt? If so, enter here, wander through the chambers and passageways of the Great Pyramid, and learn about the pharaohs for whom these monumental tombs were built.

Pre-Columbian and Mayan History

  • The Lost King of the Mayas  -This is the companion web site to NOVA's TV program about Copan and its kings. Interactive activities, an extensive resource list and teacher's guide.
  • Mexico pre-Columbian History  - Provides information on the Aztecs, Maya, Mexica, Olmecs, Toltec, Zapotecs  other Pre European cultures, as well as information on museums, archaeology, language education.

Ancient Rome

Middle Ages

Feudal Life

  • The Feudal System  - A description of the structure of the feudal system.
  • The Labyrinth  - A project that provides links to a variety of electronic resources related to the Middle Ages, including both primary and secondary texts.
  • People of the Middle Ages  - Find brief summaries of each class and their duties in society.

Religion and the Church

Daily Life

The Dark Ages

The Plague

Knighthood and Chivalry

Art and Literature

The Hundred Years War

The Crusades

  • The Catholic Encyclopedia: Crusades  -Offers a detailed account of the origins and outcome of the eight European crusades against Islamic strongholds in Europe and Persia.

The Magna Carta

  • History of the Magna Carta  -Find out the story behind the document; includes a full-text translation.
  • The Magna Carta  -Offers an overview of why the charter was signed and how it compared to subsequent revisions.

Kings, Leaders and Famous People

  • Charlemagne  -Gives a summary of his life and accomplishments.
  • St. Joan of Arc  - An article about Joan of Arc from the Catholic Encyclopedia.