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Learn what shaped American History.
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GENERAL RESOURCES

  • Primary Resources in U.S. History and Literature
    The National Humanities Center's Toolbox Library provides access to historical documents, literary texts, works of art, and teaching strategies online.
  • Outline of U.S. History
    Chapter by chapter, this site describes our nation's history in easy to read chronological sections.
  • Digital History
    An excellent starting point with an online textbook, primary sources, exhibits and more.
  • American Memory
    Access to written and spoken words, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience [from the Library of Congress.]

VISITING HISTORY

  • National Constitution Center
    "First came the revolution. Then came a revolutionary document. See what's revolutionary on the other side of the Independence Mall in Philadelphia's historic district."
  • Independence Hall
    "The old cracked Bell still proclaims Liberty and Independence Hall echoes the words, "We the People." Explore Franklin's Philadelphia and learn about the past..."
  • Old Barracks
    The Old Barracks is a State and National Landmark located in Trenton, New Jersey. Built in 1758 by the Colony of New Jersey during the French and Indian War, the Old Barracks was a witness in 1776 to the Battle of Trenton, the turning point of the America
  • New Jersey Women's Heritage Trail
    The NJ Women’s Heritage Trail will lead you on a journey through the state, using historic places to tell the story of famous women, both public and private, who contributed to the agricultural, industrial, labor and domestic history of the state.
  • Monmouth Battlefield State Park
    One of the largest battles of the American Revolution took place in the fields and forests that now make up Monmouth Battlefield State Park.

AT WAR

  • US-Mexican War (1846-1848)
    "The resources developed not only examine the war, but also address the complex issues that confronted the two young republics as they struggled to define themselves and their place in the world."
  • Revolutionary Period (1764-1789)
    This timeline from the National Archives provides drawings and photographs related to the American Revolution.
  • Civil War Guide (1861-1865)
    A variety of collected resources for the history student and researcher in understanding the American Civil War.
  • War of 1812
    "To Great Britain the War of I8I2 was simply a burdensome adjunct of its greater struggle against Napoleonic France. To the Canadians it was clearly a case of naked American aggression. But to the Americans it was neither simple nor clear."
  • Price of Freedom: Americans at War
    See how our military history fits into our growth as a nation in this Smithsonian online tutorial.

EARLY AMERICA

A NEW NATION

  • Discovering Lewis and Clark
    This very detailed site focuses on issues, values and visions relating to the Lewis & Clark expedition, written by historian Harry Fritz.
  • Afro-American Mosaic
    This Library of Congress guide is an excellent resource to understanding black history & culture.
  • American Civil War Homepage
    A variety of collected resources for the history student and researcher in understanding the American Civil War.
  • America's Reconstruction: People and Politics after the Civil War
    This exhibit examines one of the most turbulent and controversial eras in American history. It presents an up-to-date portrait of a period whose unrealized goals of economic and racial justice still confront our society.
  • America 1900
    "A year in the life of America at the dawn of the 20th Century."

MARCHING INTO MODERNITY

THE RECENT PAST

  • Wars for Viet Nam
    "America's longest war ended more than two decades ago, yet a number of significant and important questions remain unanswered: What was the nature of the modern Vietnamese revolution? How can we explain the American intervention? "
  • Atomic Archive
    "This site explores the complex history surrounding the invention of the atomic bomb - a crucial turning point for all mankind."

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