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Resources Available on the Web

Digital History Reader

Ohio Public Library Information Network

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Library of Congress
Bibliography of various American History Websites from Age of Exploration Through the Jacksonian Era (download>>) Smithsonian Institute
Index of Websites
Native American Sites African American Sites
Latin American Sites Women in U.S. History

General U.S. History Websites

United States Biographies

Teaching U.S. History: 
Standards, Strategies, and other Teaching Tools

Geography Sites

News and Current Events Other Teaching American History Web Sites

Native American Sites

American Indians, The First People of America

The Index of Native American Resources on the Internet is a portal site that's arranged by geographic location and links to detailed information on most major tribes. It also links to photographs, timelines and oral history collections.

National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian A beautiful site in the family of excellent Smithsonian Web pages, with notes on current exhibitions, research links, publications, recordings, and more. Contains a film video center and links to a select list of Native American sites.  

Native American Indian Resources More than 300 pages of content and links to Native American resources, literature, art history, and culture.

Native Web A series of links on nations, peoples, and geographic locations developed by a collective group. Their resource center is organized by subject, nations, and geography.

Oneida Nation The Oneida Indian Nation, one of the original members of the Iroquois Confederacy, enjoys a unique role in America’s history, having supported the Colonies in the struggle for independence from England.

African American Sites

The Faces of Science: African Americans in the Sciences  Profiled here are African American men and women who have contributed to the advancement of science and engineering.

Juneteenth -The Middle Passage  A powerful slide presentation of the struggle and hardships of Africans traveling the Middle Passage to the Americas in bondage.

Unearthing Secret American  This episode of Scientific America  examined the lives of slaves during the 18th and 19th century.

Africa Information Center  Basic facts on the economies, cultures, and histories of African countries. Includes tourist information.

African American History  Very large collection of African American history links to a wide range of cultural and historical African American concerns.  

The African American Mosaic   A Library of Congress resource guide for the study of black history and culture for the past 500 years, from colonialization through the WPA.

African Slave Trade & European Imperialism

African American Web Connection  Links to information on all parts of African American culture.

Black History  This outstanding Black History site offers a full range of activities and was created to support students as they explore topic related to Black History and African American issues. Try the Black History treasure hunt.

African-American Mosaic  A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Black History and Culture. Includes reproductions of original documents, personal stories, and ex-slave narratives. Part of the Library of Congress online exhibitions collections.

Latin American Sites

Chicano! This is a history of the Mexican-American Civil Rights Movement connected to the PBS program. Contains a great biographies Web page.

Latin American Network Information Center  An extensive collection of sites and resources devoted to the study of Latin America, many designed expressly for children, and some in Spanish.

Women in U.S. History

Distinguished Women of Past and Present These are women who were writers, educators, scientists, heads of state, politicians, civil rights crusaders, artists, entertainers, and others. Search for biographies of distinguished women by name or by field.

First Ladies of the United States of America Information about the First Ladies of the United States.  

4000 Years of Women in Science  Biographies of women in science.

General U.S. History Websites

American Memory (from The Library of Congress)

Best of History Web Sites A directory of links to over 800 history-related web sites designed to benefit history teachers and their students.

The First American West: The Ohio River Valley 1750-1820

Encyclopedia Smithsonian: American History Timeline and National Museum of American History: Timeline are both Smithsonian Institution Web sites that offer ways to explore eras in US history.

From Revolution to Reconstruction comes from the Netherlands. Thanks to Ryan Proffitt and Terry Fuerbacher for suggesting this primary document resource. If you're looking for primary sources in the form of news media, check out
The History Channel and Ohio History Central Thanks to Burke Miller for sharing these two links. cooperative effort among National History Day, The National Archives and Records Administration, and USA Freedom Corps, this web site has a number of resources for teachers.

The World-Wide Web Virtual Library's History Index

The Concord Review publishes "exemplary essays by high school students from thirty-three countries." Thanks to Dr. Howard Epstein for this link.
United States Biographies

Biography A & E Page  Has a searchable online database containing 15,000 international names, past and present. This is a commercial site for the Biography television show.

Inventure Place: National Inventors Hall of Fame  Learn about famous and not-so-famous inventors.

The Presidents of the United States of America  List of internal links to each president of the United States. Includes photographs and links to speeches.  

Presidents of the United States In this resource you will find background information, election results, cabinet members, presidency highlights, and some odd facts on each of the presidents. Links to biographies, historical documents, audio and video files, and other presidential sites also are included to enrich this site.

Teaching U.S. History:  Standards, Strategies, and other Teaching Tools

Ohio Department of Education – Content Standards

Ohio Department of Education – State Assessments / Tests

Discovery School

Infohio – The information network for Ohio Schools

Quizstar4 teachers – Online Quiz Maker Kids! National Geographic’s site for young readers is one of the best resources for information on the Net about the world, its people, and its wildlife.

POPClock Projection  A daily update of the U.S. population by the U.S. Census Bureau! For more information go to the U.S. Census Home Page at http://

Atomic Clock  and the History of Time-Keeping

Today in History  The Library of Congress began a day-by-day listing of historical events on April 1, 1997. Search the archive for the day of your choice.

U.S. Historical Documents Archive  Comprehensive archive of American documents from the U.S. Historical Documents Archive. Here you will find a number of famous historical documents from United States history, including famous speeches and presidential inaugural addresses. These documents are searchable, and there are scanned photos of the original documents.

U.S. Historical Documents Regarding Slavery  This page contains links to a variety of historically significant documents regarding slavery and the history of slavery in the United States. Contains links to various online books and court decisions.

U.S. Postal Service  A wealth of games and puzzles, stamp collecting information, and more for young people. Contains a brief history of letter writing.

Mr. Donn’s Pages  A great site for lesson plans, resources, and ideas.

Virtual Field Trips  Take a virtual field trip with tramline’s virtual tourmaker. 

Teachers Curriculum Institute – History Alive!

The Interactive Classroom – Exploring History

Lies me Teacher Told Me

Great Sites for Kids  - The American Library Association

Teacher Templates from Laura Candler

Graphic Organizers

Outline Maps

The Big 6 Research and Instruction Model

Federal Resources for Educational Excellences

Rick Sowash – Local Storyteller and Ohio History Author

Electronic Pen-pals

WCET – Channel 48

Cincinnati Museum Center

Ohio Center for Law Related Education

National Council for the Social Studies

Ohio Council for the Social Studies


National Underground Freedom Center

Geography Sites

Landsat Photos

Terraserver   A great site to find specific locations in the United States using addresses, latitude and longitude, and aerial photography.
Country Directory   Information and facts on Latin American countries.

Country Library  Lots of information on countries of the world.
Destinations  A travel guide publisher offers photos and information about most world nations.

Atlapedia Online  Atlapedia Online contains key information on every country of the world. Each country profile provides facts and data on geography, climate, people, religion, language, history, and economy, making it ideal for personal or family education and for students of all ages.

CIA World Factbook  Extensive data, maps, and flags of all the countries in the world.

Cultural Maps  To the extent that maps serve as guides not only to the physical terrain but also and importantly as charts of the mapmaker’s mental and cultural terrain—the memories and desires, anxieties and assumptions projected upon any terra incognita—this site is building an “American Historical Atlas,” an historical geography of America.

Geo Globe: Interactive Geography  Explore the world with Geo Globe’s selection of interactive games, and find out about strange and familiar features of the planet! Ever wondered which continent has the most countries? Do you know how deep the ocean gets? How plants survive in the tundra? Which waterfall is the highest in the world? If you’re curious about world geography, this is the right place!

MapQuest  You can specify a place name (country, city, or even a street address) and get a map with the features you want to see, or click on your area of interest.

Countries  A list of links to resources and information about countries throughout the world.

National Geographic  Maps, cultures, and facts from around the world. Includes a special section for kids.

National Park Service ParkNet This site provides information on the National Parks and their history.

State Parks Online

U.S. Gazeteer. Part of the U.S. Census Bureau  You can enter a place name or zip code and get needed information from census data from the 1990 Census Lookup server.

World Safari An 11-year-old’s page that travels to a different country each month. Includes country facts and histories of the countries.

Yahoo! Maps Type in a U.S. address, and this site will draw you a map of where it is! Sometimes the maps may only be approximations.

News and Current Events

ABC News  News from ABC with an easy organizational structure. Includes a fact for the day box.

CNN Interactive  News from CNN organized in a clear, crisp fashion with coverage in a wide number of areas.

MSNBC NBC News correspondents from Chicago to Tokyo to Helsinki offer analysis and fresh perspectives on events in this quickly changing world. MSNBC also provides great sports coverage, business news, and the latest weather and traffic reports—right down to your own locale.

Nando Times Frequently updated world news as well as coverage in sports, entertainment and other areas.

News Hunt  If you know the name on the newspaper you are searching for or if you are only looking for newspapers with specific characteristics (e.g sports sections), use the search. Otherwise it will be to your advantage to navigate through this site using the preselected categories.

The Online News Hour  This is a PBS-Jim Lehrer news broadcast. Coverage includes environmental issues.

Online Newspaper Database Editor & Publisher furnishes a mega-list of links to newspapers on the Web. Many papers include feature stories.


Other Teaching American History Web Sites

Dayton Teaching American History Looking for lesson plans or inspiration? See what teachers in Dayton Public Schools are doing in their TAH program.

Northeastern Wisconsin Teaching American History Program

The Bozeman Teaching American History Program, Montana

Oakland Unified School District, California

District of Columbia Public Schools