Links to best history websites; categories include: pre-history, ancient/biblical, medieval, early modern European, US history, twentieth century, WWII, art history,
maps; also links to key history networks
Links to most trusted and valuable websites on US History
University of Pennsylvania On-Line Books Page
Nineteenth Century in Print
Primary site for sources on legal and constitutional history
Simply indispensable for Americanists
PBS documentary search site
Gutenberg e-book site; over 5,500 books in many languages
Cahokia Mounds State Historical site (Illinois); archeological and cultural information about Cahokia
Mayan architecture, history, society and culture
Logan Museum of Anthropology at Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin; Anasazi, Mogollon, Membres, Hohokam,
and other ancient peoples of the American Southwest
Photos, drawings, and information about Native Americans from Alaska to the Great Plains to Central America and South America;
anthropology sites links
Department of Anthropology of the National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian); materials on Native American culture
The Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska; information on Native Americans; nineteenth century; other interesting subjects, such as paper-making, etc.
National Humanities Center site; contains historians’ essays on religious history and environmental history; the Columbian Exchanges is discussed in an
essay from Alfred Crosby
PBS production on the Spanish conquistadors; Cortez and the Pizarro brothers; Aztec civilizations, etc.
University of Virginia site; Virtual Jamestown; continuous; maps; historical records; early settlers’ names and occupations; a lot of links to laws of early
Virginia; slavery; Bacon’s Rebellion; etc.
Library of Congress site; religion and founding of America
Jamestown history and archeological information
The history of the Mayflower with primary sources, including the passengers’ names and other useful information
PBS video (four parts) about history of American slavery
Various Chesapeake Bay colonies
Rich resources on Middle Colonies, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, New York, Rhode Island, Long Island;
also containing information important historical figures in the Middle Colonies; other subjects include religion, Native Americans; links to other colonies
A PBS production (“American Experience” series) based on Martha Ballard’s diary and the book by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
Useful information on the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, discussed in the PBS documentary
Site for Salem Witchcraft Trials Transcription Project; primary sources; maps; excellent site for the subject
British Parliament site on the Glorious Revolution
Library of Congress site, primary sources for British-American relations for four centuries
Boston tea party eyewitness account; this site also offers a detailed chronology of U.S. history
Site containing scholarly and bibliographic information and resources on the American Revolution;
essays; PBS production Liberty; and links to Founding Fathers, etc.
PBS site for the documentary
Information, maps, timelines on the Revolutionary War
Contains many resources and links on the Constitution or constitutionally-related issues and documents;
links for important legal resources
One of the best sites for American legal and political documents, treatises; collections emphasizes on legal,
political, diplomatic history; also contains resources on African Americans, slavery, German-Americans, Cold War, etc.
First Federal Congress resources
This site contains the Federalist Papers written by Hamilton, Jay, and Madison in support of the newly proposed federal constitution
Complete transcripts of a few hundred of the most important US Supreme Court decisions
On Shays’s Rebellion
The James Madison site, containing a lot of archival information and useful sources on the American Revolution, Confederation, and Constitution
Biography of Alexander Hamilton
Site containing Paine’s writings and links to other important historical writers and their works
History of the Erie Canal; archive materials and other sites related to canal history
Text of Alexis de Tocquevilles’ Democracy in America
Indian Removal Act of 1830 and other useful links
A tourist site on the Trail of Tears and the Indian Removal of the Jackson era
NHC site containing essays on the First and Second Great Awakening; Native American and African American religion
PBS documentary “Manifest Destiny” site, with essays and other resources
Monroe Doctrine essay and links
Very rich resources for slavery, slave culture, and slave resistance; particularly, look at the from slavery to freedom,
slaves and courts, and pamphlets collections; slave narratives; oral history
A Quaker publication in 1841 on “Facts and Observations Relative to the Participation of American Citizens in the African Slave Trade.”
PBS documentary of “Africans in America” (Part II) covering the period of Revolution; information
of religion, freedom, and bondage in the Colonial era; Constitution
Part III of “Africans in America” covering 1791–1831; topics include: black church, resistance, colonization, growth of slavery
Part IV of “Africans in America” covering 1831–1865; antebellum slavery, abolitionism, western expansion, Civil War
Click on “Slavery” under the table of contents on the page to get many valuable links on the subject;
the main page offers other useful subjects, such as civil rights movement, Brown case, and jazz, etc.
Site specializing on Harriet Tubman
Slavery narratives, on-line anthology
Chronicles the parallel industrial development of the United States and Great Britain, including inventions, tools, and machines
A series of primary documents relating to the Lowell textile mills are posted on this site
On religious culture of the Shakers; links to useful resources on religious history
Duke University site; containing resources on slavery, slave narratives, Civil War, religious history, North Carolina history, southern literature, etc.
This site chronicles the parallel development of the British and the American abolitionist movements in the early to middle nineteenth century.
This site records the Amistad Slave Revolt and the trial of the African slaves who mounted that revolt.
Containing a number of primary documents relating to the history of western exploration in the early nineteenth century
A portrayal of two communities, one northern and the other southern, from the years immediately before until immediately after the Civil War.
A site containing the slave codes of the State of Georgia for the year 1848.
A site containing the complete text of the Fugitive Slave Act of September 18, 1850.
Images taken from one of the many published versions of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
A site containing some drawings and photos from the Civil War period; note plantation map from South Carolina; some photos of slavery
PBS documentary on John Brown
PBS documentary on the Lincolns
Site containing essays, maps, battle analysis, governments, policies, home fronts, etc., of the Civil War;
primary sources, too.
First Inaugural Address of Lincoln, March 4, 1861
A site providing primary documents, descriptive narrative, photographs, and drawings of the life of the freedman during Reconstruction.
The impeachment proceedings of Andrew Johnson.
The 1915 film by D.W. Griffith called
Birth of a Nation,
based on the racist book
Grant’s first inaugural address, 1869
Lincoln’s veto of the Wade-Davis Bill
Reconstruction Act of 1867
The force Acts of 1870–1871
Site covering the history of the KKK
The official website for the Freedom and Southern History Project at the University of Maryland;
with sample documents and important laws (text) for the period of slavery and Civil War, Reconstruction
PBS collection, “The West,” contains both photographs and primary documents on westward expansion during the nineteenth century
This exhibition describes the America of African-Americans from the 1870s to World War 1 as Booker T. Washington gained prominence as a black leader.
This is an Internet version of Jacob Riis’s
How the Other Half Lives
, a classic 1890 study of tenement live in New York City
A comprehensive online history of the Triangle Shirtwaist Company Fire (1911).
American World War I posters
Presidents’ addresses, including those of Warren G. Harding
WWII resources site
Churchill’s “Iron Curtain Speech” delivered March 5, 1946, at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri
A collection of presidential speeches from Washington through George Bush.
A description of the My Lai incident
The Camp David Accords brokered by Jimmy Carter in 1978 between Egypt and Israel