Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
Mahatma Gandhi

Resources by Discipline   
History and Social Studies

"The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see."    

-Winston Churchill

 "A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin, and culture is like a tree without roots."

                                                                                            - Marcus Garvey

 "We are not makers of history; we are made by history."

- Martin Luther King Jr.



 

AP Images - The Associated Press

Please see your librarian for the password.

AP Images, a division of The Associated Press, is one of the world's largest collections of historical and contemporary imagery. Browse AP's comprehensive archive with millions of images in entertainment, sports, news, archival and creative content.

Digital History - This is an educational and non-commercial site designed specifically for history teachers and their students.

History Buff - HistoryBuff.com, a nonprofit organization devoted to providing FREE primary souce material for students, teachers, and historybuffs. This site focuses primarily on HOW news of major, and not so major, events in American history were reported in newspapers of the time. In addition, there is information about the technology used to produce newspapers over the past 400 years. Their latest addition is panoramas of historic sites in America.

Primary Sources on the Web -

They've searched the Web to find primary source documents, maps, images, and more that you can use in your classroom. The sites are sorted into two categories: sites relating to United States History and sites relating to world history.



 

ARCHEOLOGY

The Archeology Channel

Get a close up view of ancient Greece through a video describing the history of it's ancient ruins. A wide variety of other videos on important archeological sites are featured.



WORLD HISTORY

Egypt

Egypt Gods and Goddesses (The British Museum)

Egypt Gods and Goddesses (king-tut.org/uk)

Egypt Kings and Queens (Mark Millmore, author of Imagining Egypt)

Absolute Egyptology  Gods, goddesses, dynasties, kings, pyramids, & more

Gods and Mythology of Ancient Egypt  (Tour Egypt)

Ancient Egypt: The Mythology  April McDevitt

Ancient Egypt: Daily Life, hieroglyphics, gods, goddesses, & more (Univeristy of Minnesota)

 

Mesopotamia 

This site is from the British Museum and is one of the best educational sites on the web. The geography, trade, writing, government, architecture, farming, science, warfare, and religion of the ancient Mesopotamian civilizations of Sumer, Babylon and Assyria are covered on this site. There are separate "chapters" for each with stories (many illustrated), maps and activities.

 

Ancient Rome

Roman Mosaics 

 

The Fall of Rome

Kidepede

 

Roman and Greek Gods and Goddesses

Classical Mythology - This is a great site for BOTH Greek and Roman mythology and does a good job comparing the two and their gods and goddesses.

 

Pantheon.org - This is an award-winning internet encyclopedia site of mythology, folklore, and religion. Here you will find everything from A-gskw to Zveda Vechanyaya, with plenty in between.

 



Greek Mythology

MythWeb - This is a very fun site devoted to the heroes, gods and monsters of Greek mythology.

Theoi Greek Mythology and Culture - This site explores Greek mythology and the gods in classical literature and art. The aim of their project is to provide a comprehensive, free reference guide to the gods (theoi), spirits (daimones), fabulous creatures (theres) and heroes of ancient Greek mythology and religion.

 

The Archeology Channel Archaeological records are the legacy of all human beings and ALI is dedicated to bringing the benefits of archaeology to a wider constituency, ALI was founded to address a number of critical issues now facing archaeology and its potential beneficiaries:

The Ancient Olympics

Ancient Olympics - The official site of the Olympic Movement. This site traces back from the Ancients to current day athletes, games and events.




MEDIEVAL TIMES OR THE MIDDLE AGES

Annenburg Collection 

This site features easy to read text on daily life, religion, medicine and politics in Europe. Links in the student-friendly text take students to other collections of pictures and primary sources.

Internet Resources for Medieval Madness

This site covers daily life in the Middle Ages, knights and chivalry, clothing, health and medicine, legends, food, eating and diet, plus much more.



THE RENAISSANCE

The Renaissance Collection - The Allentown Art Museum's interactive educational web site. With the simple click of a mouse button, travel 500 years into the past to discover many Renaissance innovations revealed through the Allentown Art Museum's Samuel H. Kress Collection of European art.

The Renaissance, Dawn of a New Age-  Common core aligned

Exploring Leonardo - Explore this site and learn about this fascinating scientist, inventor and artist.

Internet Modern History Sourcebook - From Fordham University

Renaissance - What inspired this age of balance and order? Interactive resources

Renaissance Secrets - From the BBC

The Renaissance wasn't as simple a time as the historical record might suggest...

The Center for Reformation and Renaissance Studies - From Victoria University in the University of Toronto, a research and teaching center specializing in Renaissance Studies.

Masterpiece of the Renaissance - Virtual books showing beautiful images from the Sforza Hours

The Digital Michelangelo Project - From Stanford University

Art History Resources - Covers Renaissance Art in Italy as well as elsewhere in Europe

Medici - Grandfathers of the Renaissance, from PBS

Renaissance Literature - From Luminarium

Gutenberg - From the British Library's digital version

Leonardo and the Mona Lisa - From PBS

Michelangelo -  a site totally devoted to Michelangelo

Artcyclopedia - art pieces and artists of the Renaissance period





US HISTORY

 

Our Documents - The following is a list of 100 milestone documents, compiled by the National Archives and Records Administration, and drawn primarily from its nationwide holdings. The documents chronicle United States history from 1776 to 1965. The list begins with the Lee Resolution of June 7, 1776, a simple document resolving that the United Colonies “are, and of right, ought to be free and independent states. . .” and ends with the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a statute that helped fulfill the promise of freedom inherent in the first documents on the list.

CIVIL WAR

The American Civil War home page -

One of the most comprehensive web sites on the American Civil War. It includes biographical information, state and local studies -- by state, battles and campaigns, rosters and regimental histories, bibliographies, general resources, images of wartime, and other military information.

The Making of America - "The Making of Amerca is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particulary strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, science and technology." The collection contains 9,500 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints. Twenty-five new volumes have been added on the Civil War.

Documenting the American South - DocSouth provides Internet access to texts, images, and audio files related to Southern history, literature and culture. It includes nine thematic collections of books, diaries, posters, artifacts, letters, oral history interviews, and songs.

 

WORLD WAR 1

First World War website - not academic but it gives a lot of general information

Propaganda Posters of WWI

Posters - from the Forum.com

PBS - Interactive Map of World War 1

Eyewitness to History -  an excellent, award winning site

PBS - Trench Warfare

World War Weapons -  from History on the Net.com

World War I Document Archive - Primary Source Documents of World War I This archive of primary documents from World War I has been assembled by volunteers of the World War I Military History List (WWI-L). International in focus, the archive intends to present in one location primary documents concerning the Great War.

 

WORLD WAR 1 NEWSPAPER LINKS

The Stars and Stripes - a military newspaper from World War 1

Library of Congress - The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material related to World War I, including photographs, documents, newspapers, films, sheet music, and sound recordings.

Digital History - This is an educational and non-commercial site designed specifically for history teachers and their students.

WORLD WAR II

Encyclopedia of the Second World War - The Second World War is a Spartacus Educational website and enables one to research individual people and events of the war in detail. The sources are "hypertexted" so that the visitor can research the newspaper, organization, etc., that produced the source. There are several subsections including those on: Background to the War; Nazi Germany, Chronology of the War, Political Leaders, European Diplomacy, Major Offensives, British Military Leaders, USA Military Leaders, German Military Leaders, Japanese Military Leaders, The Armed Forces, The Air War, The Resistance, Scientists & Inventors, War at Sea, Resistance in Nazi Germany, The Holocaust, War Artists, Weapons and New Technology.

BBC on line - Covers various topics of the war such as campaigns and battles, politics, home front, and the holocaust. Multimedia zone offers interactive maps, photographs and audio and video clips. WW2 People's War is a new website from BBCi History, aspiring to create a new national archive of personal and family stories from World War Two.

US Army in World War II - The United States Army in World War II series describes the organization, plans, and operations of the War Department and the Army, in all of the Army's five theaters of operations from 1939 to 1945. Seventy-eight volumes have been or are being published and this website provides access to an extensive reader's guide to the series.

World War II Sound and Image File - Part of the The Historical Sound & Image Archive, this WWII "Sounds and Pictures Page" features interesting graphics and radio excerpts. Topics include: Aircraft, Propaganda Posters, Warships, Sound Effects, and more. Has not been updated since 2001.

Hitler's Third Reich and World War II News - This website provides a daily hand-picked and edited review of World War II news. Each entry is placed in one or more categories, such as Waffen SS, Battle tanks, Nazi Memorabilia & Militaria, WWII & Nazi Uniforms, WWII Jeeps, Historical Tours or SS & Nazi Daggers. For older news and monthly 'most read' lists go to Archive Index. Tens of thousands of WWII news - categorized and hand-collected.

Saluting America's Veterans - Showcases first-person stories, memories, and tributes from veterans. Launched in conjunction with the highly-acclaimed Ken Burns' documentary series on World War II, the website has attracted dozens of personal accounts on America's 20th-century conflicts. In In addition to posting, viewing, and commenting on personal accounts, visitors can read AmericanProfile.com feature articles about American veterans on both the battlefront and the homefront.

BBC News on this Day - On This Day features significant stories broadcast by BBC News since 1950 and includes a World War II section. a choice of reports drawn that covers 1939-45. Nearly all the stories contain video or audio and are written as if the event had just occurred. drawing on archive media, old newspapers and historical reference books.

World War II Resources - Dedicated to combatting "history by sound bites," the "Pearl Harbor Working Group" has produced this varied collection of original documents regarding all aspects of the war.

The Price of Freedom: Americans at War - This Smithsonian website skillfully integrates Flash video and text to examine armed conflicts involving the U.S. from the Revolutionary War to the war in Iraq. Each conflict contains a brief video clip, statistical information, and a set of artifacts. There is also a Civil War mystery, an exhibition self-guide, and a teacher's guide. The World War II section contains an introductory movie and short essay on the conflict as well as historic images and artifacts.

The World at War - The World at War, History of WW 1939 - 1945 is probably one of the best military history web sites of WWII. Its goal is to be as complete as possible about the history of WW 1939-1945 and serves as a well organized gateway to numerous sources. Information and links are organized around a timeline of events. The authors also provide a discussion forum, message board, and a mailing list and the site can be searched by keyword.

Recollections of World War II - Recollections of WWII is a directory of oral history collections and projects in the UK which contain recorded memories of individuals who lived through WWII. The collections include interviews with servicemen and women from many nations, evacuees and refugees, people who experienced the home front, and Holocaust survivors. Some collections offer the opportunity to download transcripts, listen to MP3s, or watch videos interviews. The site is independent and non-profit and has been created to provide a resource for historians, students and researchers who wish to learn about the war from those who experienced it.

Armies of the Second World War - Armies of the Second World War" is an online database of day-by-day orders of battle and information about hundreds of division, brigade, and regiment-sized units in World War II. Information currently available in the database covers Commonwealth, Dominion, Colonial, Exile, and "Minor" Allied armies in Europe, Africa, and western Asia from 1 September 1939 through 7 May 1945.

Open Directory Project: World War II - This comprehensive directory contains roughly 900 websites on the Second World War in the following categories: Air Forces, Arts and Literature, Atomic, Directories, Documents, Manuscripts and other Primary Sources, Education and Academic, Land Forces, Naval Forces, People, Regional, Theaters of Operations, War Crimes and Weapons and Equipment.

World War II Sites - This site serves as a gateway to World War II sites appropriate for students and teachers. Links revolve around the following topics: The Rise of Fascism-Germany, Italy and Japan, Holocaust, Pearl Harbor and America's Response, D-Day and the War in the Pacific, The Home Front, Plans for Peace and the Atomic Bomb, Personalities, Literature, Propaganda, Women in the War, and Miscellaneous. Updated regularly, the site leads you to movie clips, virtual tours, stories of the war, biographies, films, photographs, a links, and even a test.

 

 

KOREAN WAR

 Schmoop.com - In 1950, the new Cold War suddenly turned hot when Communist North Korea invaded anticommunist South Korea. The United States immediately intervened in the conflict by sending combat troops to aid the South.The Korean War today often goes unremembered. Why should you care? But the Korean War shouldn't be forgotten; in one sense, it's not even over yet. It has been  twenty- five years since the Berlin Wall fell and the Soviet Union collapsed. Vietnam has long since made peace with the United States and entered the capitalist marketplace. But Korea still remains divided along the 38th parallel, with Communist and anticommunist forces—including Americans—staring each other down every day across the no man's land of the demilitarized border. The Cold War may be over, but North Korea still has a totalitarian Communist government—and the country's recent development a of nuclear weapons program makes it a major threat to the United States, even today. It is impossible to understand the ongoing clashes between the United States and North Korea without understanding the context of a fifty-year-old conflict.

History Channel - The Korean War was a war of firsts: The first jet war; the first war where it was not possible to unleash full power, politically or militarily, and the first battlefield of the Cold War. Lasting three years, it took more than 2,000,000 military and civilian lives in its bloody wake. Setting all the rules for East/West conflict during the nuclear age brought an unknowing world closer to an all-out atomic war than has ever been told. Historians, battle veterans and archival footage reveal the pain, glory, and pathos of the war. See videos, hear speeches, see pictures and read about this often forgotten war.

Korean War Project - Here you'll find maps,  KIA-MIA-POW-WIA Databases, 


VIETNAM WAR

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/vietnam/index.html - PBS site includes a timeline of events, maps, primary sources, and bios on key figures in the war. Also has a teacher's guide.

http://vietnam.vassar.edu/ - Very good page for getting a good factual and event overview of the war. Nicely put together, detailed info. Also has some primary sources/documents.

Vietnam Yesterday and Today: Chronology of US and Vietnam Relations - An extensive timeline of the Vietnam War and the politics surrounding it from 1930-present. A good place to obtain factual knowledge about specific events, groups, and individuals.

Vietnam Stories since the War (PBS) - Another well done PBS site; it contains background information on the Vietnam War, first-hand stories of veterans, an index, and a search function.

LBJ in the Oval Office - This page features four primary source audio clips from conversations of Johnson and high-level officials regarding the Vietnam War.

Spartacus -  Vietnam War Index - A large collection of topics including political and military figures, issues, events, organizations, and links to more sites. Clicking on a link for a particular subject leads to a separate page with detailed information. This is a very good collection of factual information.

Vets with a Mission - Under the "history" tab there is a superb and very extensive collection of well-written information that deals with many topics in-depth. The site's coverage spans from the earliest history of Vietnam and the Vietnamese people to the present. There's also a collection of photos.

1968 Democratic Party Riots - A primary source document (authored by Tom Hayden of SDS) explains some of the reasoning behind the protest and revolts against the war and government/culture in general. Also discusses the role of race and civil rights during the period. Published by History Matters, an online US History survey course by George Mason University.

Statistics about the Vietnam War - A large collection of statistics compiled from a variety of credible sources

Guerilla Wars 1956-1989 (PBS) - Discusses guerrilla war movements in Vietnam, Afghanistan and elsewhere

Battlefield: Vietnam (PBS) - A companion to the PBS video program, this site features a brief historical introduction, a battlefield timeline, an expose on guerrilla tactics, a look at the siege of Khe Sanh, and other resources

Assignment Hanoi - Follow U.S. Ambassador and former P.O. W. Pete Peterson as he returns to the land of his captors on a mission of reconciliation, through interviews, research on Vietnam's history before 1900, and investigation of an ambassador's duties. PBS

The Vietnam Pictures Archive - These archives consist of a number of JPEGs and GIFs, MIDI sequences and RealAudio clips

 

 



INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

The Industrial Revolution - Fordham University's site

 American Inventors and Inventions -The Smithsonian Institute

Invent Now Hall of Fame - search by decade

Seven Wonders of the Industrial Age - from the BBC

Paddle Steamship - BBC and animated

The Blast Furnace - BBC and animated

Brumel's ships - BBC

 

HARLEM RENNAISSANCE



GENOCIDE

Eight Stages of Genocide - The International Alliance to End Genocide

Twelve Ways to Deny Genocide -  The International Alliance to End Genocide

Armenia

The History Place - Armenians in Turkey 

Bosnia

 Bosnia-Herzegovina Genocide - History.com

Cambodia

Pol Pot in Cambodia -  History Channel

Darfur

Genocide in Darfur - Sudan Tribune

Great Purge

See Ebsco articles or World Book articles on the Great Purge

Invasion of China/ Rape of Nanking

Rape of Nanking - The History Place

Rwanda

Rwanda: How the genocide happened - BBC

Rwanda - The History Place

Rwanda - The History Channel

Ukranian/Kulak Genocide and Famine

Stalin's Forced Famine - The History Place

United States of America

Indian Land Cessions

  

Australia

Australia's "Stolen Generations"

The removal of Aboriginal children in New South Wales 1883-1969 - a pdf file written by Peter Read, who is the Deputy Director of the National Centre for Indigenous Studies, Australian National University.

"The Agony of Australia's Stolen Generation" - BBC



DECADES

American Cultural History Timeline - Lonestar College

Major Events of the '90's 

Hyperhistory - Events, History, People

Timeline - History.com

Infoplease.com - Almanac - Timeline

Twentieth Century Timeline - About.com

World Events by Year - earthtomoon.com



HOLOCAUST

Cybrary of the Holocaust

US Holocaust Memorial Museum

Vad Vashem - The Israeli rememberance

  
 

Holocaust Memorial Center - The first one in the United States

Holocaust Survivors - personal stories, photos and voices

Holocaust History Project - free multimedia archive

A teacher's guide to the Holocaust - has more than 1,000 resources



GEOGRAPHY and MAPPING

Map Collections - From 1500 to 2006. The site is from the the Library of Congress.There are  maps of military battles and campaigns, cities and towns, discoveries and explorations.

Historical map of the United States - From the University of Texas. The site covers original maps of major United States historical events from early inhabitants, exploration and settlement, territorial growth and extensive military history detailing every major battle. Most maps are pre-1900.

Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection

An excellent source of online maps available for downloading. It is arranged by area of the world as well as by category (for example, World, Africa, Europe, Middle East, Russia, United States etc.). There is also a section at the beginning of the site of maps which are pertinent to events in the current news. 

Tutorial Games- From Sheppard Software. There are  U.S. mapping games, world mapping games and much more. A great site for practice.