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101 Great Sites for Social Studies Class (52-76)

Teaching With Primary Documents

52.) The National Archives’ Our Documents created a list of the 100 most important documents in U.S. history. Each entry contains an image of the document, a transcript and an essay explaining the document’s significance.

53.) The National Archives’ Teaching With Documents section presents lessons plans that explain historical events through primary documents.

54.) Milestone Documents offers famous primary source texts with expert analysis and lessons plans, some at no charge, others for a small fee.

55.) EyeWitness to History features first-person accounts of prominent events in U.S. and world history, along with a simple explanation of the event’s importance.

56.) Awesome Stories tells stories from history with links to primary sources.

Historical Documents

57.) Ohio State University’s eHistory has a massive collection of famous documents, letters collections and online books. The highlight of the collection is the Official Records of the Civil War, made up of material from the military departments of the Union and Confederacy.

58.) Yale Law School’s Avalon Project provides a database of documents such as laws, treaties, declarations, constitutions, speeches and statements from ancient history to the 21st century. Documents are organized by time period and by topic.

59.) Oklahoma State University’s Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties is a seven-volume collection of laws, treaties and executive orders regarding Native Americans between 1778 and 1970.

Letters, Diaries and Biographies

60.) Letters of Note offers a digital copy of an historic handwritten note each day, along with a transcript. It includes this ingenious method of communication during the Revolutionary War.

61.) The University of Virginia’s “The Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in the American Civil War” chronicles two counties, Augusta County, Va., and Franklin County, Penn., contrasting their experiences from John Brown’s Raid to the end of Reconstruction.

62.) The University of Michigan’s “Spy Letters of the American Revolution” featutres spy letters written by both American and British forces. It includes stories about the letters, maps of the routes they traveled, and biographies of those who sent and received the letters.

63.) Archiving Early America presents a wide array of primary source material on 18th century America, such as newspapers, maps, writings and portraits. It also includes Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography and an 1807 biography of George Washington.

64.) The University of North Carolina’s “North American Slave Narratives” is a collection of slave biographies and autobiographies published as books or pamphlets.

Political Cartoons

65.) HarpWeek examines presidential elections, the Civil War, Reconstruction and other events of 19th century America through the articles and cartoons of Harper’s Weekly.

66.) The U.K. National Archives examines the use of political cartoons throughout world history.

67.) Daryl Cagle’s Teachers’ Guide for the Professional Cartoonists Index
offers lesson plans for using modern editorial cartoons in the classroom.

War and Conflict

68.) The U.S. Army Center of Military History provides in-depth accounts of U.S. military operations from a variety of military sources, including “American Military History, Volume 1” and “Volume II.”

69.) The National Security Archive is an independent institute located at The George Washington University that presents documents to the public after they have been declassified by the government.

70.) History Animated provides easy-to-follow animations of key battles in the Revolutionary War, Civil War and Pacific theatre of World War II, with a short description of each battle.

71.) The National Parks Service’s Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System is a database that makes it easy to find personal records Civil War soldiers, sailors, prisoners and regiments.

History Journals

72.) HistoryNet is home to more than 5,000 articles published in Weider History Group magazines, which include American History, Military History, Wild West and World War II.

73.) American Heritage makes many of its articles written since its 1954 debut available online.

74.) BBC History Magazine offers interviews with the authors featured in its monthly issues, many of whom have recently released books. The Web site also includes blogs and short features.

75.) History Now is a quarterly journal put out by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History that is designed for history students and teachers. The journal includes lessons plans and its articles include lists of books and online resources on the topic at hand.

76.) History Today is a weekly British magazine published since 1951; its Web site offers virtually all of its articles written since 1980.

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