Scanned, full-text documents providing a wide range of geographical, cultural, and chronological information about the exploration of North America. List includes: Lane's Account of the Englishmen Left in Virginia, 1585-1586; A True Relation by Captain John Smith, 1608; A Map of Virginia: With a Description of the Countrey, the Commodities, People, Government and Religion 1612; Generall Historie of Virginia by Captain John Smith, the Fourth Booke 1624, and more.
Collections of primary source and archival material relating to American culture and history from the Library of Congress. Has textual, photographic, recorded sound, and motion picture collections. Includes search capabilities.
This site gives the full history of the American flag as well as the story of Betsy Ross's life. It also includes flag etiquette, flag trivia, and a virtual tour of Betsy's house.
Approximately 147,000 pages of newspaper in various digital formats are contained in this online repository. Access can be gained either by date of issue or by keyword searching.
From the Library of Congress, this full-text, e-book of the original version also has audio English translations. It is the eyewitness account of Alexander Exquemelin, thought to be a French surgeon who enlisted with the pirates. It chronicles the raids that disrupted shipping on the high seas and terrorized Caribbean settlements.
Information is available at the state and county level, but will vary by year and state. From 1790 - 1830, most data concerns population breakouts by age, sex, and free or slave. From 1840 - 1860, much more data is available, including occupation, education, churches, mortality, property and wealth, and more.
This website presents documents on the history of Mexican Americans, American Indians, and slavery. It contains a complete U. S. history textbook, historical newspaper articles, links to audio files of historic speeches, essays on controversies such as Vietnam, socialism, and the war on poverty, and more.
From the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, this site "presents primary source materials documenting the cultural history of the American South from the viewpoint of Southerners" and offers diaries, autobiographies, travel accounts, titles on slavery and regional literature.
From the American Family Immigration History Center at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, this site allows visitors to explore their collection of immigrant arrival records. Registration to view the records is free but you must have an email account in order to register.
Other Ellis Island links include:
From the National Park Service, this site is made up of materials produced from the Historic Architecture Buildings Survey (HABS). It is a survey of the historic architecture of the 1930's. The database includes pictures, line drawings, blueprints, and elevations of hundreds of historic buildings nationwide.
Philosopher George Santayana said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." This site strives to prevent past mistakes from happening again. It chronicles of how society has dealt with mental illness and other traits caused by "bad genes." It is important to remember that the vast majority of eugenics work has been completely discredited.
From the University of Michigan, the 214 Executive Orders issued by John F. Kennedy during his Presidency. The directives include the establishment of the Peace Corps (E.O. 10924) and emergency instructions to government agencies at the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis (E.O. 11051, 11058, 11087-11095). The documents appear in HTML format with indexes by number, date, title, and keyword.
Written by PBS Online, this site has biographical and historical information, a section on the Native American tribes that the expedition met with, educational resources and more.
Their mission is to promote tolerance and historical perspective through the presentation and interpretation of the variety of immigrant and migrant experiences on Manhattan's Lower East Side, a gateway to America.
Searchable, full-text of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction.
From the National Register Information System (NRIS), this site contains information on more than 80,000 properties and includes a searchable index of more than two million terms.
From Cornell University Library, a collection of selected historical materials which have been digitally scanned and are available for on-line searching. Topics include historic monographs, math books, women's periodicals, the witchcraft collection, agriculture collection, and more.
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