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American History

This collection of links will help students locate information about topics in American History.  Most of the sites listed below are large and comprehensive, and they offer additional links to information about more specialized topics.  To simplify the search process, the links are organized by categories.

General American History
Historical Organizations/PublicationsAmerican History
The American South
Early America
American Revolutionary and Early National Periods
The Civil War
America Since 1945


History Departments

History Departments around the World

General American History

The New American Studies Web is part of Georgetown University's Crossroads Project. It provides access to a database of resources related to American studies.

History Matters is a site that provides primary documents, essays, and teaching tools relevant to American history.

The Avalon Project at Yale University is a major collection of treaties, legal documents, and other sources.

The National Archives and Records Administration is the federal agency that oversees the management of federal records. This site contains, among other things, a Digital Classroom for teachers, an Online Exhibit Hall containing historical documents and images, research information about the National Archives holdings, lists of related publications, and an online shop for its publications.

The Library of Congress website includes documents, images, research tools, information about the Library's holdings, and a list of services that it provides.

The Library of Congress has almost fourteen million images in its Prints & Photographs Collection. Click HERE for lists on some of the more popular historical topics.

Duke University's Digital Scriptorium Projects include these collection of primary sources:  Historic American Sheet Music; the Emma Spaulding Bryant Letters (Civil War); The Urban Landscape: Digital Image Access Project; Documents from the Women's Liberation Movement, A Renaissance at Duke: The Guido Mazzoni Pamphlet Collection; George Percival Scriven: An American in Bohol, 1899-1901 (the Philippines); Civil War Women; African-American Women; America Votes: Presidential Campaign Memorabilia from the Duke University Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library; Native-American History Class Projects; the Duke Papyrus Archive; Still Going On: An Exhibit Celebrating the life and times of William Grant Still (an African-American composer); Third Person, First Person: Slave Voices from the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library; and a guide to the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library.

The WWW-project From Revolution to Reconstruction is a website maintained by the University of Groningen. It includes essays, outlines, and documents related to American history from the colonial period to the recent past.

The Historical Text Archive provides access to primary materials, links to other sites, and electronic reprints of books.

H-Net is an international consortium of scholars and teachers that creates and coordinates Internet networks with the common objective of advancing teaching and research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. The site provides access to discussion groups and reviews in numerous fields of history.

The Making of America is a digital library of primary documents (including approximately 1,600 books and 50,000 journal articles) related to American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction.

This directory of members of Congress offers biographical sketches of individuals since 1774 who have served in Congress. In addition, the website provides a bibliography for each member of Congress, as well as a list of related manuscript collections.

The Library of Congress makes some of its collections available via the World Wide Web, including access to the entire thirty-four volumes of the Journals of the Continental Congress (1774-1789).

http://www.senate.gov/ and http://clerkweb.house.gov/
These websites for the US Senate and US House of Representatives make available an abundance of historical records and important information related to Congress.  The "Historical Information" link provides access to historical documents, election statistics, party information, and biographical sketches.

Links to History resources from Bedford Books.  Good descriptions of each site.

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Historical Organizations/Publications

Homepage of the American Historical Association.

The Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture promotes research and writing related to the history and culture of early America. It includes a link (http://www.h-net.msu.edu/~ieahcweb/) to H-OIEAHC, an online discussion network.

The homepage for the Organization of American Historians. This webpage includes many links to historical organizations and history-related websites, as well as to the Journal of American History (http://www.journalofamericanhistory.org/).

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The American South

The State Library of North Carolina

The North Carolina Division of Archives & History webpage includes information about the division's programs, events, and collections.

"Documenting the American South" (DAS) is a full-text database, with a search engine, of primary resources on Southern history, literature, and culture from the colonial period through the first decades of the 20th century.  It includes:  First-Person Narratives of the American South, a Library of Southern Literature, North American Slave Narratives, The Southern Homefront, 1861-1865, and The Church in the Southern Black Community.  Outstanding collection of primary sources.

The Center for the Study of the American South webpage has information about programs, research, and publications related to Southern history.

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Early America

This Library of Congress exhibit is devoted documents, images, and essays related to Columbus's voyages and their impact on Europe and America.

This webpage is devoted to early American history and includes documents, maps, images, links to related sites, and an online journal (The Early America Review: A Journal of Fact and Opinion On the People, Issues and Events Of 18th Century America).

Jamestown Rediscovery is a site maintained by the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities and devoted to the latest information about the archaelogical and historical findings in and around Jamestown, which was the first permanent settlement in British North America.

This site is devoted to "Plimouth Plantation," a modern recreation of an early seventeenth-century village in colonial New England.

This webpage has extensive information about colonial life, especially related to eighteenth-century Williamsburg.

The 1692 Salem Witch Trials: Documents and Participants.  This site provides:  Complete Court Documents; Accusers; Defenders; Accused; "Afflicted" Girls; Jurors; Puritan Ministers; and Judges.  Also there are Narratives of the Witchcraft Cases; Maps of Salem; and other materials relating to the trials.

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American Revolutionary and Early National Periods

An online discussion network devoted to the American Revolution. It also includes a bibliography, resources for teachers, essays on related topics, and notes on current programming.

H-SHEAR is a discussion network for scholars of the History of the Early Republic that includes links to reviews and discussion groups related to the early national period of American history.

Hal Morris's "Tales of the Early Republic" is a resource on the American early national period. His website includes a bibliography, timeline, essays on related events and personalities, links to related webpages, and summaries of primary materials.

This is anformative site about the Battle of Guilford Courthouse but also other aspects of the War of Independence.

Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1830-1930.  This website is intended to introduce students, teachers, and scholars to a rich collection of primary documents related to women and social movements in the United States between 1830 and 1930. It is organized around editorial projects completed by undergraduate and graduate students at the State University of New York at Binghamton. Each project poses a question and provides 15-20 documents that address the question. These projects offer students an opportunity to understand historical research as an interpretive process. The website, now two years old, is co-directed by Kathryn Kish Sklar and Thomas Dublin, and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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The Civil War

Uncle Tom's Cabin & American Culture — This site contains essays, primary documents, and images related to Harriet Beecher Stowe's controversial novel.

The Valley of the Shadow — Two Communities in the American Civil War

This site is limited but has interesting links, including ones to maps and a searchable database of Civil War soldiers.

The American Civil War Homepage has an impressive array of links to a wide variety of Civil War-relate sites.

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America Since 1945

This site is dedicated to the Cuban Missile Crisis

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Tangled Roots — A Project Exploring the Histories of Americans of Irish Heritage and Americans of African Heritage

Access to the Ellis Island museum and a database to immigration records.