Resources: Social Studies: US History

Stanford History Education Group
Lessons on US and World History.

National Archive: Teacher's Resources
Resources range from first hand accounts of the Civil War to information about summer teaching workshops. Visitors can find the links to social media, regional events and programs, and information about National History Day.

The History Maker's Digital Archive
300+ oral history interviews of prominent members in the African American community.

Constitution Center
An experimental blog edited by the National Constitution Center (NCC). Commentary  includes conversations about student privacy rights, the Second Amendment, and the activities of Congress. Visitors can refer to an interactive timeline that arranges comments, posts, and discussion on the subject.

National Portrait Gallery: The Struggle for Justice
Portraits of those instrumental in fighting for justice in the various struggles for equal opportunity that are an integral part of United States history. A lesson plan that can be used in conjunction with the exhibition is also provided, along with related web links and a reading list.

Nettleton Civil War Letters at the Electronic Text Center
Digitized correspondence between Charles N. Tenney, a Union soldier from Ohio, and Adelaide E. Case, a friend from the small town of Mecca, Ohio. The collection offers some rather intriguing insights into the lives of both individuals, and the broader social and historical context of this period of American history.

The Portent: John Brown's Raid in American History 
In commemoration of John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry, the Virginia Historical Society has a created an online exhibition about him and the changing perspectives of his actions. Includes information, pictures, and video.

AdViews: A Digital Archive of Vintage Television Commercials
The AdViews digital archive consists of several thousand vintage television commercials from the 1950s through 1980s, and it is part of the John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History at Duke University. The results are returned in a grid format, and the commercials are played back via iTunes. The "AdViews Expert Interviews" area contains talks with former advertising executives, professors of marketing, and media studies experts.

American Experience: Civilian Conservation Corps
The film from the WBGH website, The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), is offered in its entirety on this site. The beginnings of the first environmental conservation work in the country of the 1930s can be understood through this informative documentary.

Online Archive of the Japanese American Relocation
Digitized articles, newspapers, pamphlets, and other items related to the forced internment of persons of Japanese ancestry along the West Coast. The collection includes 275 letters and papers from the correspondence of President Bird.

American Experience: We Shall Remain
Five episodes spanning three hundred years that tell the story of pivotal moments in U.S. history from the Native American perspective. The "Reel Native" and "Beyond Broadcast" tabs feature Native Americans telling their experiences and also provide activities for teachers. In addition to viewing the full episodes online, visitors to the website can go "Behind the Scenes" by clicking that tab, and can see such features as the "cast and crew", "featured videos", and "photo gallery". Furthermore, the "Get Involved" part of "Behind the Scenes" informs visitors of "native organizations and tribes, libraries, historical societies, museums, schools and other groups to plan and sponsor activities that promote understanding of local Native history and contemporary life." This area also provides an interactive map that allows a visitor to plot "shoot locations", "tribal colleges", "coalitions", and "native radio stations", by clicking on each corresponding tab.

Making Civics Real: A Workshop for Teachers 
Civics can be a dreaded word for some students, but things just got a bit more interesting with this rather thoughtful and interesting video workshop created by the National Council for the Social Studies and the Center for Civic Education. Released as part of the Annenberg Media teacher resources, this eight part series helps teachers find ways to teach civics, complete with lesson plans and other materials. The workshop program videos include segments such as "Public Policy and the Federal Budget", "Electoral Politics", and "Freedom of Religion". Visitors can also take advantage of the series website which contains additional teaching tools and support materials designed to complement the activities from each program.*

Library of Congress Web Archives: Iraq War 
The Library of Congress' web archives of the 2003 Iraq war offer an overview of the collection, a brief history of why the war began, plus search and browse capabilities. The types of materials in the archives include newspapers, websites, veteran organizations, maps, photos, official government documents, legal materials, scholarly papers, editorial cartoons and periodicals. Visitors who know exactly what they are looking for can use the search feature, with delimiters that include name, title, subject and year captured. Browsing visitors can select the browse tab and choose subject, name, or title. There are a vast number to choose from, including 71 subjects, 163 names, and 231 titles. Some of the subjects include "Children and War", the "Koran", "Social Justice", and "Prayers for Peace". *

Picturing the Thirties
Learn about the 1930s in the United States by wandering through this virtual version of an icon of the period, an Art Deco movie palace. Curators from the Smithsonian Museum of American Art are your guides to a collection of artwork, photographs, newsreels, songs, posters, and artists’ memorabilia. There are actually eight exhibitions in the theater: The Depression, The New Deal, The Country, Industry, Labor, The City, Leisure, and American People. A guided tour is available for those new to the site. Visitors are also invited to select materials from the show, and use them to create their own documentary, which will become part of the exhibition - a movie-making tutorial can be found in the projection booth.

James River Plantations
Floating down the James River through the Chesapeake Bay, one begins to take note of the stately plantations that line the banks of this body of water, particularly around Richmond. As part of their ongoing Travel Itinerary series, the National Park Service has created this tribute to the cultural and historic landscape along the James River. What is particularly striking about the site is its ability to tell the stories of these plantations in a way that is well rounded in its perspective and its incorporation of compelling maps and narrative descriptions. To get a better sense of the history of the region, visitors may want to start by reading one (or all) of the three essays offered on the site. Of course, the visually inclined may wish to look at an interactive map offered on the site that will allow them access to information about a number of the plantations, such as the ancestral manses of Kittiewan or Westover.

Native Networks
Over the past few years, Native Americans have made significant contributions in a host of different media, including television, radio, and film. Involved in all aspects of this type of artistic and cultural expression, many Native Americans have also looked for a way to disseminate their substantial efforts in this arena. Fortunately, there is the Native Networks website (first launched in 2001), designed to provide information about such creations. The website was created by the Film and Video Center of the National Museum of the American Indian, and contains information about upcoming Native American film festivals and “close-up” profiles of people actively working in the field. Some of these features include material on the indigenous video makers in Mexico and an in-depth look at the film “House Made of Dawn”, which deals with a young Pueblo man in crisis. The site is available in both Spanish and English versions.

Medicine in the Americas, 1619 to 1914
The History of Medicine division of The National Library of Medicine has been responsible for a number of fine online digital collections, and this latest one is no exception. THe Medicine in the Americas website provides access to a number of key primary historical documents that deal with a number of areas, such as women's health, public health, and clinical works of enduring historical value. Currently, there are a total of eight works in the archive, and they include Clara Barton's "The Red Cross of the Geneva Convention" and L. Emmett Holt's 1894 work "The Care and Feeding of Children: A Catechism for the Use of Mothers and Children's Nurses." For many of the generally curious and those with a penchant for the world of medical and scientific history, this website will be quite a find.

Western Trails: An Online Journey
Based on a collaboration of very diverse institutions (including the University of Wyoming and the Omaga Public Library), the Western Trails digital database provides access to thousands of primary documents associated with various aspects of Western US history. Within each of these sections, visitors will be able to read a brief essay about each theme, complete with accompanying maps, images, and other primary sources. Next to each essay are links to some of the exhibits created by participating institutions. What is perhaps most impressive is the search engine which allows users to search by creator, title, keyword, or through a host of advanced options. THe site also features a selection of resources for educators to use in conjunction with the digital materials presented here.

Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition Online
The experiences of Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, and their companions as they moved through the American West continue to fascinate almost 200 years after they were recorded during their three-year expedition. A number of scholars have marveled at the experiences of these individuals including the legendary historian Bernard De Voto and also the late Stephen Ambrose. This remarkable website produced at the University of Nebraska was begun in 2003 and currently contains several thousands pages of the explorers' journals as edited by Professor Gary E. Moulton. The project is sponsored by a host of organizations, including the Center for Great Plains Studies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the University of Nebraska Press. Along with searching, browsing, and reading the journals, visitors must be sure to take a look at the superb extra features offered here, including several nice essays such as "Lewis and Clark as Plains Ethnographers" and "Lewis and Clark on the Great Plains: A Natural History".

Uncle Tom’s Cabin and American Culture
This amazing plethora of information regarding Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin is a must see. The website is divided into 3 different ways of viewing it: BROWSE MODE provides access to all the primary material in the archive -- texts, images, songs, 3-D objects, film clips, &c. -- one at a time; SEARCH MODE allows you to search all the primary material at once. You can either use or cut across the site's organizational categories; INTERPRET MODE includes an interactive timeline, virtual exhibits designed to suggest ways of exploring and understanding the primary material, as well as lesson plans for teachers and student projects.

Voices of Civil Rights
Designed and sponsored by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), and the Library of Congress, the Voices of Civil Rights website is the initial effort to create an online archive of stories about the civil rights movement (both historical and contemporary), essays, interviews, project updates, and special reports. While the site is a work-in-progress, currently there is a wide breadth of material available, most of which is organized into one of five sections. One notable section is the Stories area, where visitors can read (and in some cases, listen to) a wide array of personal stories about America's civil rights past. Another fine section is the one devoted to the contemporary civil rights movement and its historical legacy. Here visitors can listen to interviews about the promise of equal education with Wade Henderson, the executive director of the LCCR, and new activist voices within the fields of anti-hate crime campaigns and environmental justice. One interview that visitors will not want to miss in this section is a rather poignant recollection from Bernice Sims, an African-American folk artist known for her depictions of various moments in the civil rights struggle of the 1950s and 1960s.

PBS American Experience: Reconstruction, or The Second Civil War
The painful process of Reconstruction throughout the American South after the U.S. Civil War is one of the most poorly understood events of 19th century American history, and this fine website produced by WGBH (to complement the documentary released as part of the American Experience series) for PBS explores many of the complex themes of this period. The materials on the site are divided into ten thematic areas, each concerned with compelling topics that include explorations of the lives of Southern women, the transformation of former slaves into sharecroppers, and the emergence of the Ku Klux Klan. Each one of these self-contained sections features a mini-documentary for viewer consideration, a selection of primary sources (such as eye-witness testimonies and legislative documents), and question and answer sessions with prominent historians about each respective topic. Along with a number of resources for teachers, the site also contains an interactive map of the United States in 1870, from which visitors can learn how each state was affected by both the effects of the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Public History Resource Center 
Public history is an important way of conveying the importance of the historical past to a broad public audience, and the Public History Resource Center is a fine online resource for persons interested in these goals, and for those looking to learn more about the practice of public history. On the website, the general public can learn more about what exactly constitutes public history, read reviews of history-focused websites, peruse syllabi on such topics as archival studies and historic preservations, and learn about degree-granting programs in public history. Additionally, the site includes a rather detailed list of related websites, thematically organized into areas such as associations, job resources, listservs, and newsletters. Along with the website reviews, the publications section includes several helpful feature articles, such as how to utilize the historical documents and still images held by the U.S. Mint.

American Journeys: Eyewitness Accounts of Early American Exploration and Settlement
With over 18,000 pages of eyewitness accounts of North American exploration, the American Journeys Digital Library and Learning Center is the result of a collaboration between the U.S. Institute of Museum & Library Services and by private donors. Much of the work was done at the Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison, Wisconsin, and visitors with an interest in digital projects and their creation and management will want to review the section that details how the website was built. Visitors with a limited amount of time will want to peruse the highlights section, which offers a number of noteworthy historical accounts, including the first encounter of Europeans with the Grand Canyon and the arrival of Captain James Cook in Hawaii. The resource section for educators is well-developed and includes suggestions on integrating documents into lesson plans, information on interpreting documents, and addressing sensitive content. As might be expected, the complete contents of the digital library may be searched in any number of ways, including by topic, author name, document type, and by keyword or full text.

Explore National American Indian Heritage Month
Under the theme Strengthening the Spirit, the National Register of Historic Places (in tandem with the National Park Service) has developed this site to showcase various historic properties listed in the National Register and National Park units that celebrate the achievements of American Indians and Alaska Natives. The site was also produced to draw attention to National American Indian Heritage Month, and to assist educators with the process of incorporating into the curriculum field trips to these places. Some of the featured places on the site include the Campus Center in Alaska, which served as the location of the Alaska Federation of Natives conference in 1971 and the Southwestern Range and Sheep Breeding Laboratory Historic District in New Mexico, which was a part of a New Deal program to improve sheep breeding. Educators will want to look through the Teaching with Historic Places modules available here that profile additional historical landmarks and sites that capture important aspects of American Indian history throughout the country.

Justice Learning 
Justice Learning is an innovative, issue-based approach for engaging high school students in informed political discourse. The web site uses audio from the Justice Talking radio show and articles from The New York Times to teach students about reasoned debate and the often-conflicting values inherent in our democracy. The web site includes articles, editorials and oral debate from the nation's finest journalists and advocates. All of the material is supported by age-appropriate summaries and additional links. In addition, for each covered issue, the site includes curricular material from The New York Times Learning Network for high school teachers and detailed information about how each of the institutions of democracy (the courts, the Congress, the presidency, the press and the schools) affects the issue.

History at the Smithsonian
As you might expect, the Smithsonian Institution website is a vast resource, with materials of interest to teachers in just about every academic area. We've selected this particular URL link for history and social studies teachers who are looking for fresh ways to engage students in historical topics. Each topic includes lesson plans for grades 6-8 -- some are guided, self-teaching activities.

Exploration of the Fur Trade by 
This site is about the fur trade in Canada and how it led to the exploration of the country and the formation of the oldest and largest company in Canadian history: Hudson's Bay Company. In fact, the history of the fur trade, Hudson's Bay Company and the exploration of Canada are so intertwined that they cannot be separated. So read on and learn more about Canada!

Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights
Teaching will provide lessons and articles for K-12 educators on how to go beyond a heroes approach to the Civil Rights Movement. The book, which is now in stock, includes interactive and interdisciplinary lessons, readings, writings, photographs, graphics, and interviews, with sections on education, labor, citizenship, culture, and reflections on teaching about the Civil Rights Movement. For more information or to place an order, contact Teaching for Change at (800) 763-9131 or visit the book's companion website.

Bill of Rights Institute
Founded in 1999, the Bill of Rights Institute seeks to educate high school students and teachers about our country's Founding principles through programs which explore: What the Founders said; What the Founding documents say; and how these ideas affect our daily lives and shape our society. The site includes lesson plans, teacher resources, links to current headlines and cites landmark cases relevant to the Bill of Rights.

Gardner's Photographic Sketch Book of the War
Cornell University Library's seven-millionth volume is an 1865 edition of Gardner's Photographic Sketch Book of the War, containing one-hundred original photographic prints, mounted on boards and accompanied by letterpress-printed captions. Thirty prints are presented at this Web site, which combines the best of historical photography, digitization, and hyperlinked navigation. The images are divided into seven thematic sections, or by selecting the Images link at the main page, titles of all thirty pictures are displayed in a table. Cropped versions are laid out on pages with the original captions, and full-sized images can be viewed by clicking. Some page layouts are striking; see Pontoon Bridge Across the Rappahannock Virginia, May, 1863, in the Devastated by the Army section. Despite their grim subjects - A Harvest of Death Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 1863, shows dead Union soldiers on the battlefield - many of the photographs are quite beautiful.

The Crisis of the Union
Created and maintained by the Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text and Image at the University of Pennsylvania Library, this online document archive contains material related to "the causes, conduct, and consequences of the US Civil War." The collection is largely comprised of books, broadsides, cartoons, pamphlets, and other printed ephemera from 1830 to 1880. Drawing heavily on materials held by the Library Company of Philadelphia, the documents include speeches by Charles Sumner, cartoons by Thomas Nast, and promotional material from the Know-Nothing Party. The entire archive can be browsed by author, date of publication, title, or subject. Using a built-in viewer, each document can also be viewed in its original format, and visitors can zoom in or out on discrete areas. Finally, visitors can also search the entire archive by keywords, subjects, graphic elements, or date.

National Constitution Center
On July 4, 2003, the new National Constitution Center will open in a brand new facility within Independence Historical Park in Philadelphia that will help it pursue its mission of "increasing public understanding of, and appreciation for, the Constitution, its history, and its contemporary relevance." Visitors will want to take the virtual tour available online, which moves through the building's Great Hall, the Kimmel Theatre (which will be used for museum orientation programs), the DeVos Exhibit Hall, and the rest of the building's different areas. As might be expected, the Web site has an online version of the complete Constitution (in English and Spanish), along with helpful educational resources such as lesson plans for grades K-12. The site is rounded out by information for visitors and a "Save the Bill of Rights!" educational game where students help recover the Bill of Rights by looking for clues in a series of graphic images depicting each right protected by this important document.

Big Dig Archeology
From the Boston Museum of Science comes the Big Dig Archeology educational Web site. Visitors get a chance to explore Spectacle Island, an archaeological site just offshore from the City of Boston. They begin by learning about the site itself, what it looked like, what tools the Native Americans used, what food they ate, and other physical and natural histories of the island. A wide range of descriptions and photographs are available, as well as several interesting QuickTime movies of the island's early history, its recent history, and a description of the excavation from an actual archaeologist. The well-designed site does a good job of providing non-technical descriptions and enough multimedia content to make it enjoyable for kids of all ages.

League of Nations Photo Archive
Created by the League of Nations Archives, the Center for the Study of Global Chance, and the Indiana University Libraries, this online archive of League of Nations photographs is a fine resource for persons looking for visual documents related to the development and history of this former international organization dedicated to the promotion of international peace and security. The photo collections themselves are divided topically into groups that include personalities, assemblies, councils, delegations, and a "various" category that contains photographs of the League's headquarters in London. The site also features digital versions of two important promotional documents: The Illustrated Album of the League of Nations and The League of Nations: A Pictorial Survey. Both of these intriguing documents were designed to promote the mission and work of the League to the broader public, and as such, are fascinating repositories of visual material. Finally, the complete 224-page book titled "The Aims, Methods, and Activity of the League of Nations," published by the League Secretariat in 1935, is also available here for perusal.

Lewis and Clark as Naturalists
Allows visitors to travel with Lewis and Clark as they moved across the Great Plains and into the Pacific Northwest, examining the plants and animals they encountered. Visitors can browse the collection by species, state in which each specimen was collected, or by date each specimen was collected. Each specimen contains information about where it was found and comments from the explorers about each specimen. The interactive map allows viewers to move along the trail of Lewis and Clark and click on each place where specimens were collected to obtain a detailed description of the locality and the object. Finally, there are a number of lesson plans designed to be used in conjunction with the Web site.

Black Facts Online Black History
Visitors can find out numerous facts dealing with African American history, along with searching for facts by date and keywords. One sample search on the words "Angela Davis" revealed numerous facts about the well-known activist, scholar, and author. Each fact also contains a graphic that informs readers whether additional material is also available, such as a link to a Web site, an audio clip, or a picture. Visitors to the site are also offered the opportunity to become a research associate for the site and make contributions to the existing database of facts. Visitors to the site have the opportunity to make a goodwill donation to keep the database up to date and current.

National Geographic Online: The Underground Railroad
Offers a diverse set of materials that describe the Underground Railroad, the famed network of individuals who helped transport African Americans to freedom before the abolition of slavery. Stude start at the 'Journey,' which, with the aid of visual materials (such as historical photographs of slaves and abolitionists) and audio selections (such as popular spirituals of the day), allows young people to make decisions about what to do in order to reach the North. Visitors can view a map of the Underground Railroad, including routes specific to Harriet Tubman. The site provides educational resources for teachers, divided by grade level.

The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition
Dedicated to the investigation and dissemination of information concerning all aspects of the Atlantic slave system and its destruction. Students will want to first examine the Source Documents section, which features primary and secondary source materials related to slavery, slave resistance, and the abolitionist movement. Also, visitors will want to examine the Bibliographies section, which contains extended bibliographies on topics such as "Abolitionists Abroad: American Blacks and the Making of Modern West Africa."

Across the Generations: Exploring U.S. History through Family Papers
Includes photographs and documents from the papers of four families: the Bodmans, Dunhams, Garrisons, and Hales and focuses on four broad themes in U.S. social history: Family Life; Social Awareness and Reform; Arts and Leisure; and Work.

Martin Luther King Day 
Dr. King's birthday will be observed on January 20th this year. Use these activity ideas and reference materials to plan a lesson or two that really speaks to the man's spirit and message.

Freedom: A History of the US
Based on the books by Joy Hakim, the site is dedicated to exploring the theme of freedom throughout the history of the United States. The site contains 16 webisodes which are both visually and textually rich repositories of information, chronologically ordered, beginning with the American Revolution and ending with the presidency of Richard Nixon. Each webisode also contains essays with hyperlinks to photographs, and brief biographical profiles.

Two Towns of Jasper
The subject of race and race-relations in the United States is one that is at times avoided by many persons, but the documentary Two Towns of Jasper and its well conceived Web site developed by PBS foster meaningful dialogue about these issues. The documentary deals with the murder of James Byrd (a black man), who was dragged to his death behind a truck driven by three white men in Jasper, Texas. On the Web site, visitors can read about what has happened in Jasper since the events of 1998, including hearing from the family of Mr. Byrd, the ongoing town-hall meetings, and about the convicted murderers. The Web site also allows visitors to listen to a series on "Race in America," hosted by Amy Goodman. Visitors can also ask questions of the documentary filmmakers, Marco Williams and Whitney Dow, along with browsing a fine selection of related Web sites and related classroom resources that will help educators facilitate discussion on race.

History Channel: This Day in History
Collects information about historical events organized around a number of topical sections, such as Cold War History, Literary History, Old West History, Technology History, Wall Street History, and Civil War History. Along with brief essays describing the events of a particular day, some of the more recent events also have short video clips users can watch. Visitors can also type in their own birthdays to find out about events that occurred on that day, as well as for a list of well known persons who share the same birthday.

Liberation Curriculum
Modern African American history.

Calvin Coolidge: 30th President of the United States 
Hosts important historical material and a variety of galleries featuring rotating exhibits of visual material related to President Coolidge, there is an archive of his speeches ranging from his time as governor of Massachusetts to his time as President. There is also a section offering a chronology of his life and a research section outlining the location of various important primary materials. Perhaps the most engaging part of the site is a section titled "Ask the President," where visitors can ask Jim Cooke, a professional actor who has played Coolidge in a one-man play since 1985, questions about the President's life.

Trails to Utah and The Pacific: Diaries and Letters, 1846 to 1869 
Presented by the Library of Congress, this online archive and exhibit contains diaries of pioneers, who made their way westward across America to Utah, Montana, and the Pacific from 1847 to 1869. The site is rounded out with a collection of related thematic essays and several interactive thematic maps.

Exploring Themes in American Art 
Provided by the National Gallery, this site explores ten themes in American art through illustrated essays. Each brief essay includes links to featured images, a list of artists, a glossary, and a bibliography. An interesting, useful, and compact site for anyone interested in American painting.

Bring History Home
This experimental website gives children the chance to explore the lives of three young Americans, each living in a different time and place: Mary Cooper in 17th century Plymouth Colony, Paul Revere, Jr. in British occupied Boston, and Eliza Paige in 19th century Lowell. The site also provides timelines, bibliographies, and other resources drawn from the three museums.

Westward by Sea: A Maritime Perspective on American Expansion, 1820-1890 
Pictorial and textual materials illustrating major themes in the history of maritime westward expansio, including the California Gold Rush, the immigrant experience, whaling life, and native populations. The collection is comprised of ships' logbooks and secondary sources, such as 19th century published narratives of voyages and travels, photographs,maps, and nautical charts.

American History and Art from New England
Features of the site include: the Digital Collection, a searchable database of over 1,000 artifacts selected from 70,000 in the Museum's holdings; In the Classroom, a collection of curriculum ideas for teachers; and the Turns of the Centuries exhibit. This exhibit presents images and artifacts on five broad themes: Family Life, Native American Indians, African Americans, Newcomers, and The Land. The exhibits span across three eras: 1680-1720, 1780-1820, and 1880-1920. There is also an Activities section, with Scavenger Hunt, Dress Up, Make a Chronology, and a Tailor Your Visit pages. The later suggests resources for teachers, researchers, and K-12 students.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center 
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center wants to educate the public about the legacy of the Underground Railroad and its historic struggle to abolish human enslavement; the site features a timeline, a list of major players and contributors of the Underground Railroad Movement, and a list of related resources on each individual.

American Memory Project, 1936 to 1938 
Digitized transcripts of interviews of former slaves, conducted under the auspice of the Federal Writers Project, a Works Progress Administration program that put unemployed writers to work. Between 1936 and 1939, the FWP collected the life stories of ordinary people. Accompanying the digitized narratives are more than 500 photographs. Users can search the narratives by keyword, browse by narrator's name or volume, and search and browse the photographs.

"Making the World Better: The Struggle for Equality in 19th Century America" 
Developed as part of the State House Women's Leadership Project. The centerpiece of the project is a new work of public art, permanently installed in the State House in October 1999, that honors six women who made significant contributions to public life in Massachusetts. The curriculum focuses on two of these women: abolitionist and suffrage leader Lucy Stone and African American abolitionist Sarah Parker Remond.

NMAH HistoryWired
Showcases hundreds of items from the Museum's collection. The interface replicates the serendipitous experience of wandering through a museum and encountering unexpected and interesting items.