American History General Resources

Reviewed Resources for Students and Teachers


Americana & American History - 

American Revolutionary War - American Colonial Times - General Resources for American History - Historically Important American Documents - Historic American Maps



The Western Expansion

American Western Expansion General Resources - Buffalo Soldiers Black Cavalry - Chinese Arrival in America - Gold & Silver Rushes - Lewis & Clark - Orphan TrainsOverland Trails - Pony ExpressComing of the Iron Horses  

The Great 19th Century

19th Century American General Resources - 19th Century American Industrialization/The Gilded Age - 19th Century American Immigrants - America's Victorian Age  

The Civil War

American Civil War General resources

American Civil War Lesson Plans

America Votes: Presidential Campaign Memorabilia from Duke Special Collections __ "Winners share the limelight with the defeated in this exhibit of U.S. presidential campaign memorabilia drawn primarily from the holdings of the Duke University Special Collections Library. The exhibit illustrates the nation's presidential elections in letters, sheet music, leaflets, buttons, and bumper stickers." - illustrated - From Duke University -

American Memory __ "American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning." - illustrated - From Library of congress - 



Americans Observed the First Uniform Election Day __ "In some countries around the world, the people do not get to elect their leader. As late as 1816, the citizens of nine states in the U.S. were not able to vote in presidential elections. Americans observed the first uniform Election Day on November 4, 1845. That means that all states voted, selecting their presidents on the same day." Learn about the Electoral College and the expansion of the franchise. - From Library of congress -

Archiving Early America __ "Here at Archiving Early America, you will discover a wealth of resources -- a unique array of primary source material from 18th Century America. Scenes and portraits from original newspapers, maps and writings come to life on your screen just as they appeared to this country's forebears more than two centuries ago...As you browse through these pages, you will find it easier to understand the people, places and events of this significant time in the American experience." - illustrated - From - 

From Revolution to Reconstruction __ This website is a huge undertaking which is well organized. You will find biographies, essays, notes and much more. Take it all in historic order or make your own way through. You will probably spend some time here. - From University of Groningen, The Netherlands -

The History Place __ What do you want to know about American history? You may find the answer here. there are several sections dealing with differing aspects of American history. You will also find access to world history and other topics of interest. - illustrated - From - 



National Archives and Records Administration __ In a nutshell, this is the online collection of the United States National Archives. From the Declaration of Independence through current documents and treaties, if it available to the public and has been made digital, it is here. - illustrated - From U.S. Government -  
National Museum of American History - Timeline __ "This timeline explores our American heritage through objects in the Museum's collections and exhibitions. To find more detailed information, click on any image." - illustrated - From National Museum of American History - 

Taking the Long View: Panoramic Photographs, 1851 - 1991 __ "The Panoramic Photograph Collection contains approximately four thousand images featuring American cityscapes, landscapes, and group portraits... Subject strengths include: agricultural life; beauty contests; disasters; engineering work such as bridges, canals and dams; fairs and expositions; military and naval activities, especially during World War I; the oil industry; schools and college campuses, sports, and transportation. The images date from 1851 to 1991 and depict scenes in all fifty states and the District of Columbia. More than twenty foreign countries and a few U.S. territories are also represented." - illustrated - From Library of Congress -



United States History __ An online directory of links to websites about American history. Makes this one look quite dinky indeed. - From Tennessee Tech University -
Waves of Reform, 1880-1921 __ In what in essence is a detailed lesson plan, you will find much information about this period in American history. You will learn how "domestic reform" shaped the nation's place in the world. Learn the difference between "populism" and "progressivism," laws enacted and much more. - From Information Institute of Syracuse -


Who's Who in American History __ Just what the title says it is. You will find famous Americans by name, occupation, era, and a gallery of photos. - illustrated - From University of Wisconsin-Madison -  



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