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General Resources for United States History

These resources span multiple time periods in American history.

  • America and the Utopian Dream
    This website introduce American utopias through literary works and manuscript collections in the Beinecke Library at Yale University. It offers annotated lists of utopian and dystopian literary works, and a list and information on American utopian communities.
  • America.gov: Outline of U.S. History
    A chronological look at how the United States took shape — from its origins as an obscure set of colonies on the Atlantic coast a little more than 200 years ago into what one political analyst today calls "the first universal nation." This fully illustrated edition has been completely revised and updated by Alonzo L. Hamby, Distinguished Professor of History at Ohio University. Published by the US Department of State. (November 2005, updated November 2010)
  • America's Library
    This is a website for students created by the Library of Congress. It has information on the states, American history, and amazing Americans. You can also see what happened in history on your birthday.
  • The American Experience
    A weekly TV series by WGBH (Boston) and PBS that airs Monday nights at 9 pm on most PBS stations and features events and people that have shaped America. The website contains supplementary material for each program.
    • All Films
      Browse the entire American Experience series featuring over 200 films. Watch full films online, download teacher’s guides, go behind the scenes, and learn more about your favorite films.
  • American Heritage
    This online version of the print magazine offers selected articles from the print version and tables of contents. Check here for interesting articles.
  • American Memory Project - Library of Congress
    A large collection of outstanding online exhibits with original source material organized by topic.
  • American Women Through Time
    This chronological collection of websites with historical information relating to women. Created by Ken Middleton of Walker Library, Middle Tennessee State University.
  • American Writers.org
    A companion site for C-SPAN's special television series from March through December 2001, AmericanWriters.org looks at the lives and works of selected American writers who have chronicled, reflected upon or influenced the course of US history and explore what their works mean to Americans today.
  • Annenberg Media: America's History in the Making
    This multimedia course covers content from the Pre-Columbian era through the present day. Each unit covers an era in American history through text materials, video, and classroom activities.
  • Chatham College: Pittsburgh Teachers Institute
    The Pittsburgh Teachers Institute provides online curriculum units, including many in United States history. These often have a Pittsburgh element to them.
  • Chronicling America
    This site from the Library of Congress allows you to search and read newspaper pages from 1900-1910 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).
  • Common Place
    Common-place is a common place for all sorts of people to read about all sorts of things relating to early American life -- from architecture to literature, from politics to parlor manners. From The American Antiquarian Society.
  • The Core Historical Literature of Agriculture (CHLA)
    This library of online full texts includes such works as "History of agriculture in the southern United States to 1860" by Lewis Cecil Gray and Esther Katherine Thompson; and "History of agriculture in the northern United States, 1620-1860" by Percy Wells Bidwell and John Ironside Falconer.
  • David Rumsey Map Collection
    The David Rumsey Map Collection focuses on 18th and 19th century North, and South American cartographic materials. The collection includes atlases, globes, school geographies, maritime charts, and a variety of separate maps including pocket, wall, children's and manuscript maps. The collection was digitized by Cartography Associates.
  • Divining America: Religion in American History
    Designed by TeacherServe from the National Humanities Center to help high school teachers of American history bring their students to a greater understanding of the role religion has played in the development of the United States.
  • Documenting the American South
    Documenting the American South (DocSouth) is a digital publishing initiative that provides Internet access to texts, images, and audio files related to southern history, literature, and culture. Currently DocSouth includes sixteen thematic collections of books, diaries, posters, artifacts, letters, oral history interviews, and songs. From the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • EDSITEment!: The Best of the Humanities on the Web
    This collection of lesson plans includes a section on history and social studies. EDSITEment is a joint project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Council of the Great City Schools, MCI Communications Corp., and the National Trust for the Humanities.
  • eHistory
    Ohio State University's History Department has created this website that includes multimedia Histories, Primary Sources and Reviews. Included are such multimedia histories as "The Strike at Homestead", "Coal Mining in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era," and "Excerpts from The Pittsburgh Survey".
  • Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
    Founded in 1994, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in New York City promotes the study and love of American history. On their website are resources for students and teachers, including primary sources.
    • History Now
      History Now is a quarterly online journal for American history teachers and students, launched in September, 2004. All issues are archived.
  • Historical Maps of the United States
    From the Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection at the University of Texas.
  • Historical Census Data Browser
    The data presented here describe the people and the economy of the US for each state and county from 1790 to 1970. From the University of Virginia Library.
  • History Matters
    The U.S. Survey Course on the Web. A project of the American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning of the City University of New York and the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University with funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
  • Making of America
    A digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction from the University of Michigan and Cornell University
  • Multnomah County Libraries Homework Center: Wars and World History
    An extensive collection of links concerning American History with an emphasis on its Wars.
  • National Archives and Records Administration
    Offers copies of many historical documents online.
  • National Museum of American History
    This Smithsonian Institution museum in Washington DC offers several online exhibits which will be linked to under the appropriate time period.
  • National Park Service: History & Culture
    Historical and archaeological resources
  • National Women's History Project
    "History looks different when the contributions of women are included." The Resource Center includes biographies.
  • PBS: United States History
    An index to companion websites to TV documentaries in American History produced by the Public Broadcasting System. Includes these of local interest:
  • PBS: History Detectives
    History Detectives is a 10 episode television series, each episode exploring 3 historical mysteries in various regions of the United States.

  • Social Movements & Culture
    This site provides resources for the study of social movements in the US, including those movements as linked to transnational and global movements. The emphasis is on recent and contemporary movements, but also provides materials on earlier movements.
  • Talking History (SUNY, University at Albany)
    This is an hour-long weekly broadcast/internet radio program that focuses on all aspects of history. You can listen to their archives.
  • The Tax History Project
    A website that traces the history of American taxation from Tax Analysts, a non-profit, non-partisan organization fostering open debate on federal, state, and international tax policy.
  • Teaching History.org
    Teachinghistory.org is designed to help K–12 history teachers access resources and materials to improve U.S. history education in the classroom.
  • What's a Dollar Worth?
    by the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis easily calculates what an item purchased in a selected year back to 1913 would be worth in today's dollars. This data is derived from the Consumer Price Index.
  • Winning the Vote: Western New York Suffragists
    A website by the Rochester Regional Library Council which chronicles the rise of the Women's Suffrage movement in western New York, beginning in 1848.
  • World Newsreels Online, 1929–1966
    Streaming video of more than 8,000 newsreels produced in the middle of the twentieth century. These films, produced from 1929 through the 1960s, provide a unique resource highlighting how we learned about and lived through the events that occurred during some of the most significant years of the 20th Century. The content is drawn from the US, France, Holland and Japan, providing an unusual opportunity to see the news of the day from a perspective that isn’t always American.