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Biography Reference Bank (EBSCO) World Book Timelines. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. New York Times Historical (1851-2009) National Geographic. Biography in Context. African American Studies Center. U. S. History in Context. World History in Context. Questia School. JSTOR. Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society - Username. Global Issues in Context. Countries of the World. Aluka - Home Page. Archives Unbound. U.S. Government and Politics. Founders' Constitution. Presidents of the USA. U.S. Electoral College.

Presidents of the United States (POTUS) Natural Law, Natural Rights and American Constitutionalism. History & Politics Out Loud. The American Presidency Project.

Archive containing over 77,000 documents related to the study of the Presidency. – nda_librarian

American Memory from the Library of Congress - Home Page. History: Khan Academy. US History. The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Historyproject.ucdavis.

The Marchand Image Collection comprises more than 8600 images, many of which have been digitized from slides and therefore are not available elsewhere. – nda_librarian

Digital History Reader.

The U.S. History section provides materials covering important themes and issues from the colonial era to the present. The European History section, entitled "Modern Europe in a Global Context," explores links between European and world history in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. – nda_librarian

Salem Witch Trials. Wilson Center Digital Archive.

Contains once-secret documents from governments all across the globe, uncovering new sources and providing fresh insights into the history of international relations and diplomacy. It collects the research of three Wilson Center projects which focus on the interrelated histories of the Cold War, Korea, and Nuclear Proliferation. – nda_librarian

Voices of Democracy. Veterans History Project. The Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in the American Civil War.

Multimedia resources bring to life two communities divided by Civil War. – nda_librarian

The Thomas A. Edison Papers.

Encyclopedia database on Edison's life and work as an inventor and businessman. – nda_librarian

National Museum of American History.

Features comprehensive virtual tours of current exhibits. A timeline maps the history of the United States through artifacts. The “Our Story In History” link leads to information on the museum’s educational programming that includes several interactive activities – nda_librarian

Shays' Rebellion - From Revolution to Constitution. Home · September 11 Digital Archive. The complete correspondence.

Digital library from the George Washington Archives, including historical materials on Washington's life and times, as well as a selection of Washington's papers – nda_librarian

Ohio Memory, a product of the Ohio Historical Society and the State Library of Ohio. DRC Home.

More than 3,000 images from the National Underground Freedom Center, Ohio State University, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, University or Akron, and Wright State University. Other images include Mayan archeology and hundreds of paper impressions of Greek and Latin inscription. – nda_librarian

Connecting you to Ohio History through a digital archives and guide to historical markers. – nda_librarian

NYPL Digital Collections. New Deal Network: The Great Depression, the 1930s, and the Roosevelt Administration. National Museum of the American Indian. National Archives and Records Administration.

Search exhibits for primary sources and eye witness accounts through American History – nda_librarian

Making the History of 1989. The Fall of Communism in Eastern Europe IntroductoryEssay Sets the scene for the events of 1989 and explains their significance in world history.

Study the fall of communism through a substantial collection of primary sources and multimedia interviews. – nda_librarian

PrimarySources Over 300 primary sources, including government documents, images, videos, and artifacts with introductory notes.

Making the History of 1989

ScholarInterviews Four scholars focus on the history & events surrounding 1989 through primary sources. Making of America. Aking of America (MoA) is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction.

Making of America

The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. The collection currently contains approximately 10,000 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints. For more details about the project, see About MoA. Making of America is made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Abraham Lincoln Institute Abraham Lincolns Life Lincoln Politics. Documenting the American South homepage. History Matters: The U.S. Survey Course on the Web.

Designed for teachers of U.S. History around the world, History Matters provides an excellent starting point for exploring American history on the Web. This site serves as a gateway to Web resources and offers unique first person primary documents, and threaded discussions on teaching U.S. history. – nda_librarian

The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project.

A project dedicated to bringing Eleanor Roosevelt's writings (and radio and television appearances) on democracy and human rights before an audience as diverse as the ones she addressed. – nda_librarian

Automobile In American Life and Society.

The automobile’s impact on American life is everywhere. Each of the site’s five sections contains two essays, plus a select annotated bibliography or bibliographic essay to guide further reading. – nda_librarian

American Centuries: History and Art from New England. For All the World to See : Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights : Sports Heroes. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, as professional sports became more integrated, images of African American athletes entered the culture at large through newspapers, picture magazines, newsreels, movies, television, and sports memorabilia, such as baseball cards, clothing, and toys.

Through a host of media—including photographs, television and film, magazines, newspapers, posters, books, and pamphlets—the project explores the historic role of visual culture in shaping, influencing, and transforming the fight for racial equality and justice in the United States from the late- 1940s to the mid-1970s. – nda_librarian

The mainstream media, concerned with the racial anxieties of white readers, typically portrayed black athletes as apolitical and unthreatening—their decency and gentleness away from the field emphasized.

For All the World to See : Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights : Sports Heroes

It perpetuated an unthreatening and uncomplicated view of black sports figures—wresting them from the reality of prejudice, its continued effect on their lives, and their own reactions to it. Overall, black periodicals enthusiastically followed the careers and personal lives of African American athletes, earlier and with far greater frequency than mainstream publications. The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute.

A center for study of the civil rights leader and his era – nda_librarian

Visualizing Emancipation.

Visualizing Emancipation is a comprehensive map and timeline illustrating the slow decline of slavery in the United States. It provides quick access to thousands of primary source documents in connection with this timeline. – nda_librarian

The Frederick Douglass Papers Edition: Home.

Makes the papers of this prolific African American figure in his historical context available to a broad audience – nda_librarian

Teenie Harris Archive. InMotion: The African-American Migration Experience. African American History.

Celebrates African-American History through a wealth of resources. – nda_librarian

Jim Crow Museum: Home. The new Jim Crow Museum is now open and is FREE to the public.

A collection covering the history of Jim Crow as it encompassed every part of American life. The site showcases objects of intolerance to teach social justice. – nda_librarian

The Museum features six exhibit areas -- Who and What is Jim Crow, Jim Crow Violence, Jim Crow and Anti-Black Imagery, Battling Jim Crow Imagery, Attacking Jim Crow Segregation, and Beyond Jim Crow.

Jim Crow Museum: Home

The Museum also offers a comprehensive timeline of the African American experience in the United States. The timeline is divided into six sections: Africa Before Slavery, Slavery in America, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, Civil Rights and Post Civil Rights. The Jim Crow Museum at Ferris State University strives to become a leader in social activism and in the discussion of race and race relations.

Freedmen and Southern Society Project - Main Page. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. World History. World History 2. World History Matters » A Portal to World History Sites from the Center for History and New Media.

A Visual Sourcebook of Chinese Civilization. The Victorian Web: An Overview. Universal Leonardo: Leonardo da Vinci online › Welcome to Universal Leonardo. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. South & Southeast Asian Studies. Historical Archaeology and Public Engagement. The Legacy of Genghis Khan (LACMA)

Perseus Digital Library. Welcome to the Museum of the History of Science - Museum of the History of Science : Museum of the History of Science. Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution.

Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution, With 12 Topical Essays, 250 Images, 350 Text Documents, 13 Songs, 13 Maps, a Timeline, and a Glossary.

Provides an accessible and lively introduction of the French Revolution as well as an extraordinary archive of some of the most important documentary evidence from the Revolution. – nda_librarian

Explore Browse Search About This Site.

Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution

Homeland Afghanistan.

Afghanistan has been home to diverse cultures, empires. This website explores the geopolitical and cultural heritage of Afghanistan and compels new thinking about the region today. – nda_librarian

The World War I Primary Documents Archive. The Geoffrey Chaucer Website Homepage. MIT Visualizing Cultures.

An MIT open courseware unit on how Japanese artists visualized the arrival and effects of Commodore Perry’s fleet in 1853. – nda_librarian

First World - A Multimedia History of World War One.

This website provides an overview of the First World War, and is intended at a general rather than an academic readership. Includes diaries and poetry from the era. – nda_librarian

Digital Roman Forum.

A virtual model of the Roman Forum as it would have appeared in 400 A.D – nda_librarian

Digital Karnak: Welcome. The colossal site of Karnak is one of the largest temple complexes in the world, with an incredibly rich architectural, ritual, religious, economic, social and political history.

Digital Karnak: Welcome

The Amun-Ra precinct, which includes an astonishing number of individual temples, shrines and processional ways, stands as a micro-cosmos of ancient Egypt. We invite you to experience Karnak – to learn about an ancient site that still resonates today because of its monumental pylons, towering columns, stunning reliefs and architectural marvels. Enter the temple precinct and discover its rich religious, political and architectural history. The Digital Karnak Project was designed and built at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) under the direction of Dr. Dēmos: Classical Athenian Democracy. Starting Points The Evidence for Athenian Democracy · Christopher Blackwell · article · Necessary Context: descriptions of the ancient genres, authors, and works that form our textual evidence for Athenian democracy · Christopher Blackwell, Christopher Cotten, David Phillips, & Hershal Pleasant. · article ·

Dēmos: Classical Athenian Democracy

Al-Mizan. ‘Al-Mizan’ is the Arabic word for balance - both the familiar measuring instrument and the metaphorical pursuit of justice and harmony in all human endeavours.


For hundreds of years after the advent of Islam, Arabic was the language in which mathematics and science were most actively studied. The intellectual achievements of scholars in the Islamic world were matched by the emergence of a highly distinctive visual and artistic culture. This exhibition explores the connections between the sciences and arts in Muslim societies. It presents highlights from the Museum’s collection of Islamic scientific instruments alongside medieval manuscripts, metalwork and ceramics on loan from other major collections. Smithsonian Natural History Web: African Voices. The Galileo Project. Children and Youth in History.

A world history resource providing access to sources about young people from the past to the present. – nda_librarian

Survivor Stories. Coming of Age features twelve stories of Holocaust survivors and one story of an individual who grew up in the Mandate of Palestine during the same period.

Features individual testimonies of thirteen people who were adolescents during the Holocaust. – nda_librarian

Below are summaries of those stories, with important topics noted.

Survivor Stories

When choosing stories we recommend taking into account the following: The historical events you would like your class to studyThe level of knowledge your students have about the HolocaustThe stories that are recommended for your type of schoolIf your students will be able to follow testimonies with English subtitles As with all curricula, you are urged to examine all materials fully before using them.

Encyclopædia Iranica. Women Working - , 1800–1930.

Digitalizing texts and objects related to women working between 1800 and 1930, with a teacher resource page that provides five themed exhibits for incorporation in a lesson. – nda_librarian

National Portrait Gallery. David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Elizabeth Harris Johnson Memoir, 1867-1923 Elizabeth Johnson Harris was born in Augusta, Georgia, in 1867 to parents who had been slaves.

David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Her 85 page handwritten memoir provides glimpses of her early childhood, of race relations, of her own ambivalence about her place as an African-American in society and of the importance of religion and education in her life. WOMEN IN WORLD HISTORY.

Reflects emphasis on comparative issues, a focus on contacts among different societies, and attentiveness to global forces. – nda_librarian

Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000.

Research projects on the role women have played in the struggle for social justice. – nda_librarian

National Women's History Museum - NWHM.

Women's contributions and accomplishments for the most part have been overlooked and consequently omitted from mainstream culture. The National Women's History Museum will help fill that void. – nda_librarian

David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Rose O'Neal Greenhow Papers Rose O'Neal Greenhow was born in Montgomery County, Maryland in 1817.

Resources by and about women during the Civil War – nda_librarian

"Wild Rose", as she was called from a young age, was a leader in Washington society, a passionate secessionist, and one of the most renowned spies in the Civil War. The collection is mostly correspondence with Rose Greenhow related to her activities on behalf of the Confederate States of America, and contains both scanned images and transcripts of her letters. Alice Williamson Diary This small, leather-bound volume is the 36-page diary kept by schoolgirl Alice Williamson at Gallatin, Tennessee from February to September 1864.

Sarah E.