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Subjects

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General Information, Current Events The 20th Century
Iraq Black History
Primary Sources The Depression
The Middle Ages & the Renaissance World War I
United States History World War II
The 17th Century Vietnam
Post World War II The Holocaust and Genocide
The 18th Century
The Cold War
The 19th Century Religion Sites
Countries of the World
US /NJ Government Links
General Information, Current Events

The Center for History and New Media at George Mason University site uses” digital media and computer technology to democratize history—to incorporate multiple voices, reach diverse audiences, and encourage popular participation in presenting and preserving the past.” It includes:

World History Matters, – locate, analyze, and learn from online primary sources;

Echo: Exploring and Collecting History Online: digital materials in the history of science, technology, and industry

Interpreting the Declaration of Independence: foreign translations for a richer understanding

History News Network, a web-based magazine  places current events in historical perspective;  September 11 Digital Archive, a digital repository of histories and documents of  9/11/2001.

Liberty, Equality, Fraternity,  introduction to the French Revolution;

History Matters, a resource center and portal for U.S. history;

Lost Museum, a 3D presentation of Barnum’s American Museum in 1865 in historical context;

Who Built America?, an award-winning two-volume CD-ROM.

Free digital tools for historians and teachers, including Web Scrapbook, Survey Builder, Scribe, Poll Builder, and Syllabus Finder.

A collaboration of eight learned societies, 60 contributing publishers, and librarians at the U of Michigan’s Scholarly Publishing Office. It is an online, fully searchable collection of high-quality books in history, recommended and reviewed by historians. Useful for a subject search of history topics. We don’t have access to the texts themselves, but can often interlibrary loan titles you find here.
Mapping History: The Darkwing Atlas Project
The Project has been designed to provide interactive and animated representations of fundamental historical problems and/or illustrations of historical events, developments, and dynamics

The major purpose of this home page is to encourage the use of the World Wide Web as a tool for learning and teaching and to provide some help for K-12 classroom teachers in locating and using the resources of the Internet in the classroom.”  Contains a huge number of sites on Archeology, genealogy,

Cultural Survival

Cultural Survival provides organizational and administrative support, and acts as a fiscal sponsor to small, independent initiatives that contribute to its mission. These projects assist indigenous groups and ethnic minorities to build effective organizations, manage natural resources, preserve their language and art forms, and become economically independent.

National Public Radio

Hear the stories of today and from the last 6 years that have been broadcast on National Public Radio.

PBS: Public Broadcasting system

The Public Broadcasting System’s web site is a treasure trove of information.  Use the “Explore by Subject” feature for easy access.

Indigenous Peoples 

A Collective project of many peoples.  The intent of the site is to provide a cyber-community for the earth’s indigenous peoples.  It combines high technology and ancient visions and wisdom traditions.

Internet Source Book

Ancient History Sourcebook | Medieval Sourcebook | Modern History Sourcebook  | Chinese Studies

Other History Sourcebooks: African | East Asian | Indian |IslamicJewish | Gay & Lesbian | Women’s | Global | Science

The History Channel Classroom

What’s On When

This is a wonderful site which allows you to find information about special events worldwide. You can search by theme, country, location, keyword and/or date. Each entry includes a description of the event, sometimes even the historical background of the event, event details, contact information for the tourism office, and links to other related web sites.

Politics1 is published as a non-partisan public service to promote fully informed decision-making by the American electorate.

CATO Institute

“The Cato Institute, founded in 1977, is a non-profit public policy research foundation headquartered in Washington, D.C.  “It” seeks to broaden the parameters of public policy debate to allow consideration of the traditional American principles of limited government, individual liberty, free markets and peace. “
A conservative think tank that publishes research on domestic, economic, foreign and defense policy.

Friends Committee on National Legislation

The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) is a public interest lobby founded in 1943 by members of the Religious Society of Friends.  FCNL seeks to bring the concerns, experiences and testimonies of Friends to bear on policy decisions in the nation’s capital.

United States Institute of Peace Library & Links

Gateway to not only the institute’s fine library but to the institute’s publications as well as online journals, reports, research papers, & a rich collection of links to resources in International Affairs.
Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research
“TFF is an independent think tank, a global network and a website for peace by peaceful means. It inspires a passion for peace from the grassroots to the corridors of power.
TFF is an all-volunteer global network. It promotes conflict-mitigation and reconciliation in general and in selected conflict regions through meticulous on-the-ground research, active listening, education and advocacy.”
Iraq

Prentice Hall School Publishers: Web Sites on Iraq

A list of several websites from InfoPlease which give timelines, brief history, country profile of Iraq and synopsis of current news.

Satellite pictures of Iraq showing environmental damage between 1972 and 1990.

A website from BBC  which give different people’s opinions about the war around the world.

Website with lots of background information about the current war in Iraq.

BBC website of pictures from Iraq just before the war.
Family history of Saddam Hussein; good information on leaders in Iraq today.
A website that offers commentaries from the different perspectives of Arab countries.   Good for current news, not for background information.
Links to Middle Eastern newspapers with short description of each website.
Site designed to help middle school students understand the events leading up to the September 11, 2001 attack. Interactive, with maps, timelines, good images. One sequence is on Saddam Hussein and Iraq
NJ Statewide Reference website pathfinder includes hundreds of websites organized by breaking news, general information about Iraq, the government of Iraq, US Government websites, Bioterrorism, Anti-war movement, Homeland security, Talking to kids about war, Books, Reports, United Nations.
Primary Sources

Using Primary Sources on the Web

Reference and User Services Division of the American Library Association provides guidance to students & researchers to help them find, evaluate, and cite primary materials that can be found online.

The History Guide: Online Resources for Historians

Includes a list of links to websites that provide access to primary source documents. Many of the sites are related to US history though some cover European history as well.

EuroDocs: Primary Historical Documents from Western Europe

Western European (mainly primary) historical documents that are transcribed, reproduced in facsimile, or translated.
Awesome Stories

(MFS has a membership. Login can be found on MS/US Databases page.)

AwesomeStories is a gathering place of primary-source information. Its purpose – since the site was first launched in 1999 – is to help educators and individuals find original sources, located at national archives, libraries, universities, museums, historical societies and government-created web sites.
Countriesof the World

Country Studies

This site is part of the Library of Congress Federal Research Division. “The Country Studies Series presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world.”

Portals to the World

Selective links providing authoritative, in-depth information about the nations and other areas of the world.

BBC Country Profiles

Full profiles provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries and territories, and background on key institutions.
Don’t Forget the Library Databases
The Middle Ages & the Renaissance

EyeWitness: History through the Eyes of Those Who Lived It

Firsthand information about the Invasion of England, 1066,  the Crusades, 1099; Thomas Becket’s murder, 1170, Richard the Lionheart,1191;  Kublai Khan, 1287; the Black Plague, 1348; Magellan, 1521; and crime and punishment in Elizabethan England.

Renaissance in England

Focuses on life in England during the Elizabethan years;  Features a “Compendium of Common Knowledge that offers insights into everything Elizabethan from occupations to children.  Features a transcript of the 1601  treason trial that followed the Essex Rebellion.  Links to many related sites.

Renaissance

Annenberg/CPB site breaks Renaissance into 5 main segments: Out of the Middle Ages; Exploration & trade; Printing & Thinking; Symmetry, Shape , Size; & Focus on Florence.  Related Resources contains many links to more information.

Virtual Renaissance: A Journey through Time

Visit Renaissance Europe and meet Giovanni Renaissance, who explains what life was like in 15th century Florence, Italy. Four timelines cover events in art & science, discovery & trade, war & politics, religion & society.  Created by 8th grade students in Illinois.

The Renaissance

Adapted from a college course, site explores topics such as art in the Renaissance, artistic independence, the spread of Humanism, and the end of the Renaissance.

Age of Discovery: Middle Ages

A gateway site featuring an Internet lesson that explores some the more common symbols and characteristics found in the art of the Middle Ages.  Explores a number of online resources that cover gargoyles, unicorns, and other mythical creatures as well as exploring illuminated manuscripts, castles, and tapestries.

Castles

Site features brief introductory essays on castle architecture, methods of construction, castle layout, strategies for defending or overtaking a castle, and castle luxury.  Also includes a glossary and bibliography.

Castles of Britain

The Castle Learning Center, part of the organization Castles Unlimited,  provides insights into all aspects of castle construction, castle life, people, weapons…even the privy.
Virtual Tour of Florence Italy: Birthplace of the Renaissance
A site featuring videos and audio guidesand to the history of various places in Florence.
The 17th Century

Ogram’s 17th Century New England Links

Links to images from daily life in the 17th century. Includes legal documents pertaining to the Salem Witch Trials.
The 18th Century

Colonial life was anything but romantic. The early colonial years were marked by significant depravation and harsh living conditions, particularly in the winter. Although this site is geared to those interested in learning about their Mayflower ancestors, it also has useful information for students about pilgrims and daily life in colonial America. It features a colonial gazette, with insightful glimpses into colonial life. The site’s document center permits searches of such items as wills, deeds, and land transfers for genealogical information. Created by Interactive Communications, Colonial Life is suitable for students in middle school and up.

Colonial Williamsburg

From the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.  Provides virtual tours, and plenty of information on life in colonial America.

EyeWitness: History through the Eyes of Those Who Lived It

U of Kansas site provides many documents that chronicle the country’s history from Columbus’ first voyage to the present.

American Colonist’s Library

A collection of the literature and documents which were most relevant to the lives of Colonial Americans.
The 19th Century
“The Old West” contains eyewitness accounts of Custer’s Last Stand, traveling across country in a wagon train, Billy the Kid, a stagecoach robbery.

AMDOCS: Documents for the Study of American History

U of Kansas site provides many documents that chronicle the country’s history from Columbus’ first voyage to the present.
A gateway to an extensive list of Internet sources on the civil war.
A research guide created by Rutgers University Libraries. This guide is part of a larger site  called “History – American and British “
With links to more than 2,000 Internet resources, this site by the United States Civil War Center, a department of the Louisiana State University Special Collections Division, is one of the most comprehensive gateways to American Civil War information.
Rutherford B. Hayes served as the 19th president of the United States from 1877 to 1881. Provides an in-depth overview of Hayes’ life and presidency. In addition to extensive biographical and genealogical information about Hayes, the site features original documents and links to other resources.
Library of Congress showcases its extensive collection of African American holdings.
Search under “reconstruction” and find 900+ documents that pertain to that period.
The 20th Century

AMDOCS: Documents for the Study of American History

U of Kansas site provides many documents that chronicle the country’s history from Columbus’ first voyage to the present.

The Internet Guide for History – 20th Century World History

Created and maintained by Thompson Wadsworth Publishers, this provides an extensive list of links to topics of the twentieth century, many of which contain primary source materials.
Black History & Civil Rights

A Roadmap to African American Resources

This site was developed by Sherry DuPree of Santa Fe Community College. It includes links to primary and secondary documents, databases, archives, libraries, and images dealing with African American history and culture. Resources are arranged by Library of Congress classification and can easily be browsed.

The Black Panther Party Research Project

Site developed by Stanford University.
Click on the various words that relate to the Civil Rights Movement. View the images, and read the captions for important people, places, dates, and events.
After skimming the main page for important people, places, dates, and events, click on the ‘Audio and Video Clips’ link in the upper right-hand corner. Listen/View several clips for more information on your topic. Note the important people!!
Visit this website to learn more about one of the key players in Civil Rights-Malcom X.
View a timeline of MLK’s life, pictures from his protests, and much more at this site.
Visit this page to find information about the key players in the Civil Rights movement. Scroll down to the section titled ‘Campaigners: 1900-1980.’ Look for key people that you know are involved with the Civil Rights Movement, or skim the biographies for more clues.
This website allows you to travel to important places and meet important people of the Civil Rights Movement. Click on the links to visit!
Scroll down to the Civil Rights heading. Choose a topic to find out more about. Read the website, watch the video, or listen to the audio clip for more information. Be sure to check out the Quicktime video titled ‘Civil Rights Movement.’
Scroll down to the subheading titled ‘Background’. Skim the first two paragraphs to get an idea of the setting. Watch the video of the students entering the school by clicking on the ‘Historic Video: The Nine Enter Central’ link.
Skim through the different website descriptions. If you find a site that matches your topic, visit the site for information.
Visit this site for several reasons. From the options on the left of the screen view the timeline for important Civil Rights Movement dates and events or any of the other links for key people and interesting information.
World War I

World War I: Trenches on the Web

An unbelievable site dedicated to World War I.  These pages contain information on the people, places, and events that comprised one of the worst calamities of modern history. Entire kingdoms were to vanish in the clash.

The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century

The PBS series looked beyond the political and military history of WWI to examine the ongoing social, cultural, and personal impact of this devastating war.  Provides a bibliography of resources and links to sites related to topic.

EyeWitness: History through the Eyes of Those Who Lived It

Provides first hand  accounts of World War I through commentary, eyewitness accounts, and diary entries.
Very useful links to all aspects of World War, organized alphabetically.  The links page was created by History department of the Killeen Independent School District, Killeen, TX.

World War I Document Archive

Archive of primary documents from World War I including official papers and personal reminiscences.
The Depression
From the National Drought Mitigation Center.  Links to sites, videos, photos, poetry.
From the Lubbock Texas Public Schools.
A brief description of the dust bowl years with links to a dust storm video and excerpts from a diary of  a woman living during dust bowl.
From the Discovery Channel.
Biography of the famous folk singer Woody Guthrie.
Actual postcards from people who experienced the dust storms of the 1930’s.
This site from the National Archives, contains text and pictures.
The New Deal Network site contains a myriad of information about Roosevelt’s New Deal years.  This link will take you right to the Dust Bowl.
The English Department at the U of Illinois presents a very nice time line of the dust bowl.
An interesting site that tells about what happened in Perryton Texas.
World War II
Extensive list of primary documents for world war II organized by year.

Avalon Project at the Yale Law School: World War II: Documents

Primary source documents related to WWII including agreements, declarations, addresses, and conferences.

World War II Poster Database

Poster art was used during WWII to promote the war effort on the home front.  Database of 300+ posters issued in the US from beginning of war to 1945.  Topics include War Bonds, Victory Gardens, Civil Defense, & allies.

Japanese American Relocation Sites

National Park Service site traces the history of the Japanese-American internment and provides a detailed look at each of the relocation centers, the assembly centers, the Dept. of Justice, US Army facilities used in the relocation efforts, & the role of the Federal Bureau of Prisons.  An essay written by Eleanor Roosevelt is included.
Private Art: WWII Letters to and from Home
This site offers insight into a WWII soldier’s life through the letters he wrote to his wife.  Will also find music from the era & a soldier’s scrapbook.  New historical features added frequently.
National archives and Records Administration offers primary source documents from private individuals,  Highlights the contributions of thousands of Americans, both military and civilian,
Military history of WWII. Composed primarily of documents produced by the US government, it also presents a variety of multimedia resources, including sound and movies.  Includes links, appendices, & a bibliography.
This site provides a comprehensive timeline of the  events of WW II from 1933 to 1945.  Provides information about events & dates leading up to the war, starting with the end of WW I, and a Holocaust timeline.  Links to information on the US Pacific operations, the rise Adolf Hitler, the Hitler Youth, biographies of Nazi leaders and the Holocaust.  Also presents battle images, a slide show about Pearl Harbor, and Photos of African Americans who participated in the war.
JARDA is a digital “thematic collection” within the California Digital Library’s (CDL) Online Archive of California (OAC). documenting the experience of Japanese Americans in World War II internment camps. Curators from the eight participating OAC members selected a broad range of primary sources to be digitized, including: photographs, documents, manuscripts, paintings, drawings, letters, and oral histories. Over 10,000 digital images have been created complimented by 20,000 pages of electronic transcriptions of document and oral histories.

Life Interrupted Japanese Americans in WWII Arkansas

Description: The University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the Japanese American National Museum have gathered resources on the experience of Japanese Americans in camps in Arkansas in World War II. The site can be slow loading, but the links are good for finding information about the camps and the stories of the Japanese Americans who were forced to relocate. Images are also available.
A valuable resource for students of World War II and aviation history, this site provides a comprehensive guide to the aircraft flown by the American military during the war.
Archive of primary documents from World War II. This archive is mostly official papers.
Learn about all the major battles of the World War II. From the Nazis invasion of Poland in 1939 to the surrender of Japan in 1945 after the bombing of Hiroshima and all of the major battles of the World War II. From the Nazis invasion of Poland in 1939 to the surrender of Japan in 1945 after the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Includes excellent links on causes and effects of ww2; good summaries and comparisons with ww1

The History of WWII Medicine

Links for medicine during World War II, including information on penicillin and other newer drugs first used in World War II
An excellent set of links about women’s roles during World War II.
This site offers insight into a World War II soldier’s life through the letters he wrote to his wife. Private Art presents a woman’s reconstruction of her husband’s two-year experience in the U.S. Army. The collection of letters provides the site’s central focus, but you’ll also find music from the era and a soldier’s scrapbook.
The Holocaust and Genocide
Linda Woolf, a professor at Webster University, presents a rich body of information about the holocaust and about genocide around the world.  A rich source of links can be found as you scroll down the page.  “The Holocaust Ring” at the very bottom of the page contains more sites.
PBS site contains primary sources, interviews, transcripts, a timeline, maps, letters from the Klein family, and American’s reaction to the holocaust.
Remember.org shares, discussion, photos, poems, and facts to preserve powerful memories.
The web site of the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC.
Yad Vesham: The Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority
Includes useful documents and videography.
Post World War II
The Cold War
US History

Supreme Court Collection

Description: The Legal Information Institute at Cornell Law School maintains this site where you can find information on Supreme Court decisions. The archive of decisions goes back to 1990, but you can also find information on historic cases. The site offers syllabi and texts of majority and minority opinions.
A treasure trove of primary source materials related to the history and culture of the US.  Contains more than 7 million digital items including documents. photos, recordings, moving pictures, and text.  Covers a wide variety of historical topics & figures.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA

NARA, an independent Federal agency, is America’s national record keeper.  “Our mission is to ensure ready access to the essential evidence that documents the rights of American citizens, the actions of Federal officials, and the national experience.”  Find the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights here as well as much much more.  The “Exhibit Hall” is worth exploring.
American Memory Timeline

This timeline is part of the Library of Congress’ American Memory site. It covers the American experience from the end of the Revolutionary War through the late 1960s.  It is divided into seven segments: The New Nation; National Expansion & Reform; Civil War & Reconstruction; Rise of Industrial America; Progressive Era to New Era; Great Depression/World War II; & Postwar United States.

American Memory: Historical Collections for the National Digital Library A treasure trove of primary source materials related to the history and culture of the US.  Contains more than 7 million digital items including documents. photos, recordings, moving pictures, and text.  Covers a wide variety of historical topics & figures.
Famous Americans: Biographies
American Philosophical Society
Philadelphia History
Pennsylvania Historical Society
Eyewitness to History
Philadelphia
America’s Story from America’s Library Site provides and excellent introduction to the vast collections of the Library of Congress.
US/NJ Government Links
The New Jersey Digital Highway is your “one stop shop” for New Jersey history and culture, from the collections of NJ libraries, museums, archives and historical societies.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA

NARA, an independent Federal agency, is America’s national recordkeeper.  “Our mission is to ensure ready access to the essential evidence that documents the rights of American citizens, the actions of Federal officials, and the national experience.”  Find the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights here as well as much much more.  The “Exhibit Hall” is worth exploring.
Not truly a primary document, but the data presented on this site describe the people and the economy of the US for each state and the nation from 1790-1960.
Vietnam War
Religion
Religion Sites

 

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