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Social Studies

U.S. History and Geography

Gender, Time and Place

  • African-American Women:  From Duke University, this site includes letters from three African American women that provide insight into life as a slave woman.
     
  • Civil War Women:  From Duke University, this site includes letters from three women during the Civil War that provide insight into life as a woman during this period of American history.
     
  • National Women's Hall of FameThis site includes brief summaries of the 236 women who have been inducted to the Hall of Fame.

  • Women's HistoryFrom the Federal Resources for Educational Excellence, this site includes an annotated list of 38 resources for researching women in history.

  • Women and Social Movements in the United States:  This site is a collection that includes "more than 94 document projects or archives and 3,750 documents and 150,000 pages of additional full-text sources, written by almost 2,100 primary authors. It also includes book, film, and website reviews, notes from the archives, and teaching tools." 
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 History of the American West

  • American Journeys:  From the Wisconsin Historical Society, this site "contains more than 18,000 pages of eyewitness accounts of North American exploration, from the sagas of Vikings in Canada in AD1000 to the diaries of mountain men in the Rockies 800 years later."
     
  • An American Time Capsule:  From the Library of Congress, this site contains more than 300 years of primary source documents in the form of "proclamations, advertisements, blank forms, programs, election tickets, catalogs, clippings, timetables, and menus. They capture the everyday activities of ordinary people who participated in the events of nation-building and experienced the growth of the nation from the American Revolution through the Industrial Revolution up to present day."

  • Core Historical Literature of Agriculture:  From Cornell University, this site features an "electronic collection of agricultural texts published between the early nineteenth century and the middle to late twentieth century. Full-text materials cover agricultural economics, agricultural engineering, animal science, crops and their protection, food science,forestry, human nutrition, rural sociology, and soil science."  While a rather specialized source, this site does provide a rare look into the lives of farmers during these periods of American history.

  • Documents for the Study of American History:  From the Virtual Library, this site contains a database of text and audio primary sources searchable by time period.  Search by time period to find documents that are applicable to your content.

  • Heading West and Touring West:  From the New York Public Library, this site discusses the evolution of the mapping of the west and the performing artists that followed the trail.
     
  • Immigration, American Expansion:  From the Library of Congress, this is a directory of 13 collections that focus on the topics of immigration and expansion in the United States.
     
  • Native American History:  From the Library of Congress, this is a directory of 6 collections that focus on the topic of Native Americans in the United States.
     
  • New Perspectives on the West:  From PBS, this is the companion site to the Ken Burn's film, The West.
     
  • The American West:  From Academic Info., this is a directory of resources organized by topic for researching the West.
     
  • The American West Topical Index:  From the Virtual Library, this site includes a directory of links for the study of the west organized by topic.
     
  • The American West Museums:  From the Virtual Library, this site includes a directory of links to Old West museums.
     
  • U.S. Territorial Maps, 1775-1920:  From the University of Virginia, this site includes a series of maps that illustrate the territorial growth of the nation from 1775 to 1920.
     
  • WestFrom the Federal Resources for Educational Excellence, this site includes an annotated list of 47 resources for researching the American West.

History of St. Louis

  • Flight City - St. Louis Take to the Air:  From the Missouri Historical Society this is a "comprehensive exploration of the history of flight in St. Louis. Historic photographs, personal stories, gallery activities, and treasures from the Missouri History Musuem's collection chronicle our region's relationship with aviation—from the earliest roots through the 20th century zenith."

  • History Happened Here:  From the Missouri Historical Society, this site "explores significant locations in a particular group’s history and examines the cultural landscapes that together make up this place we call St. Louis."

  • Missouri Digital Heritage:  From the Missouri Secretary of State, this site includes links to online exhibits that use "artifacts, photographs, works of art, and historic documents to illustrate the state’s vibrant history and culture."  Some of these exhibits are specific to St. Louis history.

  • Old Courthouse in St. Louis:  From the National Park Service, this site features resources and lesson ideas for teaching students about the significance of the Old Courthouse.
     
  • Shifting Gears - The Automobile Industry in St. Louis:  From the Missouri History Museum, this site evolution of the automobile in St. Louis from 1890-1930.
     
  • Sidewalks of St. Louis:  From the Missouri History Museum, this site features photographs by Dr. William G. Swekosky that capture many aspects of city life in St. Louis in the early 1900s.

Human Geography

  • AP Human Geography:  From the College Board, this is the official AP site for the course.
     
  • AP Human Geography Study Stacks:  From Study Stack, this site contains multiple links to activities and review games for students.
     
  • Human Geography - People, Places, and Change:  From Annenberg Media, this site includes 10 videos on demand about various HG topics.
     
  • Human Geography PowerPoints:  From a HG course at Glendale Community College, this site contains almost 20 Powerpoints.  While it's not advisable to use the entire lecture during a class period, there are some good resources here that could be pulled out and adapted to your own class.
     
  • Making Population Real:  From the Population Reference Bureau, this site contains resources and activities for teaching about the various aspects of populations.
     
  • One Planet Many People:  From the United Nations Environment Programme, this site contains media-rich resources for the study of human-environment interaction.
     
  • Vocabulary Lists for AP Human Geography:  From the College Board, this is a compilation of key terms for AP HG course.

Media in America

  • Ad Access:  From Duke University, this site contains "images and database information for over 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955. Ad*Access concentrates on five main subject areas: Radio, Television, Transportation, Beauty and Hygiene, and World War II".

  • Emergence of Advertising in America:  From Duke University, this collection includes "over 9,000 images, with database information, relating to the early history of advertising in the United States."

  • In the Mix:  From PBS, this site explores the impact of the media on teenagers.  It covers a wide array of topics that can be accessed through the "Choose a Show Topic" drop-down menu.  Please note that not all of the topics deal with the the topic of media, but many of them do. 

  • Medicine and Madison Avenue:  From Duke University, this site "presents images and database information for approximately 600 health-related advertisements printed in newspapers and magazines. These ads illustrate the variety and evolution of marketing images from the 1910s through the 1950s."
     
  • Teen Health and the Media:  From the University of Washington, "The Teen Health and the Media Web site is a virtual meeting place for teens, parents, educators, health professionals, and others who share a strong commitment to teen health. Using the power of media literacy, we encourage young people to make healthy choices and to interact with the media both as critical viewers and creators."
     
  • The Impact of Media on Teen Health:  From the American Academy of Pediatrics, this site discusses the impact of modern media (the Internet) on the health of American teenagers and suggestions on how to avoid/improve health issues.
     
  • An American Time Capsule:  From the Library of Congress, this site contains more than 300 years of primary source documents in the form of "proclamations, advertisements, blank forms, programs, election tickets, catalogs, clippings, timetables, and menus. They capture the everyday activities of ordinary people who participated in the events of nation-building and experienced the growth of the nation from the American Revolution through the Industrial Revolution up to present day."

Modern United States History

  • Ad Access:  From Duke University, this site contains "images and database information for over 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955. Ad*Access concentrates on five main subject areas: Radio, Television, Transportation, Beauty and Hygiene, and World War II".
     
  • American Memory Project:  From the Library of Congress, this site includes "free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience."
     
  • Behind the Veil:  Life in the Jim Crow South:  From Duke University, this site includes introductory texts and oral history experts from African Americans in the Jim Crow South.  Organized by theme:  Bitter Truth, Heritage and Memory, Families and Communities, Lessons Well Learned, Work, and Resistance and Political Struggles, students can gain an intimate glance into this period of American History.
     
  • Civil Rights Movement:  From the Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE), this directory includes links to 43 resources from the federal government and major U.S. universities on a wide array of topics from the Civil Rights era.
     
  • Cold War Digital Library:  From Academic Info this site contains annotated links to primary source-rich sites dealing with the Cold War in American History.
     
  • Coupons on the Home Front:  From Duke University, the "World War II Ration Coupon collection consists of ration coupons, stickers and certificates for tires, bicycles, typewriters, sugar, shoes, fuel oil, gasoline, and food which were issued by the Office of Price Administration from 1942-1945."
     
  • Digital Durham:  From Duke University, "The Digital Durham website offers students, teachers, and researchers a range of primary sources with which they can investigate the economic, social, cultural, and political history of a post-bellum southern community."
     
  • Emergence of Advertising in America:  From Duke University,  "The Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850 - 1920 (EAA) presents over 9,000 images, with database information, relating to the early history of advertising in the United States."
     
  • First Gulf War:  From Academic Info, this site is an online director of primary source-rich resources for the study of Desert Storm.
     
  • History Matters: From George Mason University, this site "serves as a gateway to web resources and offers unique teaching materials, first-person primary documents, and guides to analyzing historical evidence"  with an emphasis on "materials that focus on the lives of ordinary Americans and actively involve students in analyzing and interpreting evidence."
     
  • History of Jazz: From Academic Info this site contains annotated links to primary source-rich sites dealing with the Jazz Agein American History.
     
  • National Archives Experience:  Digital Vaults:  From the National Archives, this is an interactive site that allows users to browse visuals of various topics and periods in American History as well as to create their own collections to use for the creation of posters or movies.
     
  • Ration :  From Duke University, the "World War II Ration Coupon collection consists of ration coupons, stickers and certificates for tires, bicycles, typewriters, sugar, shoes, fuel oil, gasoline, and food which were issued by the Office of Price Administration from 1942-1945."
     
  • Other Wars:  From the Federal Resources for Educational Excellence, this is an annotated list of resources for the various wars in which the United States has participated in.
     
  • Post WWII America:  From Academic Info, this site is a directory of annotated, primary source-rich resources for the study of domestic events that took place in the country following WWII.
     
  • September 11:   From Academic Info, this site is a directory of annotated, primary source-rich resources for the study of the terrorist attacks and the aftermath of 9/11.
     
  • Vietnam War:  From Academic Info, this site is a directory of annotated, primary source-rich resources for the study of the Vietnam War.
     
  • World War I:  From the Federal Resources for Educational Excellence, this is an annotated list of resources for WWI.
     
  • World War II:  From the Federal Resources for Educational Excellence, this is an annotated list of resources for WWII.