Social Studies Resources


Abraham Lincoln Research Site - "The Abraham Lincoln Research Site is intended for use by students, teachers, schools, and anyone with an interest in introductory information on Abraham Lincoln."

AdViews - "A Digital Archive of Vintage Television Commercials provided by Duke University."

After the Day of Infamy - Library of Congress collection of interviews with Americans immediately following the attacks on Pearl Harbor, a rich collection of primary sources.
All the President's Pens - See what is going on in the White House.

American Founders Online - "The digital resources described in this guide provide online access, invarying degrees, to the personal papers and/or publications of the majorfounders of the American Republic-that is, those men who served in roles ofnational political leadership between 1765 and 1815-and members of theirfamilies."

Atomic Bomb Museum - " This web site is dedicated to provide information to students, educators and concerned citizens at home and around the world about the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki."

Awesome Stories - "A gathering place of primary-source information."

BalancedPolitics.org - A site that strives to provide balanced viewpoints on many of today's most controversial topics.

BBC News Country Reports- "Full profiles provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries and territories, and background on key institutions. They also include audio and video clips from BBC archives."

BestCountryReports.com - "A massive database of constantly updated proprietary editorial and graphics for 175 countries of the world. It provides deep content coverage in major topic areas of society and culture, travel, communications, business, trade, marketing, and security. Currently, the database has 7,000,000+ words of editorial, 1,750+ country maps and 12,000+ photographs."

BestHistorySites.net - A collection of the best history sites on the internet organized by time period.

Bloomberg TV - 24-hour business and financial news.

Captial Hearing Reports- The CapitolHearings.org site was created by C-SPAN in conjunction with Congressional Quarterly, and it provides detailed information about ongoing Congressional hearings and sessions.

Carter Center Teacher Resource Center - Social studies lesson plans.

Charting a More Perfect Union - Documents, biographies, and resources related to the Civil War.

CIA World Factbook - Information on each country.

Civil Rights - BBC Scotland's excellent and interactive website on the American Civil Rights era - many primary source accounts.

Civil War photos - "Explore the work of these photographers through this special feature developed in partnership with The Library of Congress. Examine the story told by each detail in an image, experiment with storytelling or browse through a collection of nearly 200 images arranged by topic."

Civil War photos (Library of Congress)- "Contains 1,118 photographs. Most of the images were made under the supervision of Mathew B. Brady, and include scenes of military personnel, preparations for battle, and battle after-effects. The collection also includes portraits of both Confederate and Union officers, and a selection of enlisted men."

ClassBrain.com - Resources on current events, geography, history, political science, and sociology.

Collapse: Why Do Civilizations Fall - Interactive website that goes through well-known societal collapses and their causes.

Constitutions around the World - Find the text of constitutions of governments around the world.

Country Reports - Cultural, Historical, and Statistical Country Information.

Country Studies - "The Library of Congress's Country Studies Series presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world."

David Rumsey Map Collection - Historical maps from around the world.

Dead Sea Scrolls - View digitized dead sea scrolls: Great Isaiah Scroll, War Scroll, Temple Scroll, Community Rule Scroll.

Digital History - "Using new technologies to enhance teaching and research"

DocsTeach - The National Archives Experience collection of primary source documents with accompanying lesson plan ideas.

Economist Country Briefings - Information on each country.

Emancipation Proclamation lesson

Eyewitness History - See history through the eyes of those who lived it on this award-winning site.

Free At Last: The Civil Rights Movement - Traces the evolution of the Civil Rights movement in America from slavery to the 1960s.

From the Homefront - Library of Congress collection of primary source documents from the homefront of World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, and the Persian Gulf War.

GapMinder.com- "Gapminder is a non-profit venture - a modern "museum" on the Internet - promoting sustainable global development and achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals."

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History - Free registration for K-12 teachers, has many Common Core aligned history units.

GlobalVoicesOnline.org- "Global Voices is an international community of bloggers who report on blogs and citizen media from around the world

GoogleEarth Ancient Rome Tour - Discover ancient Rome through Google Earth, which allows users to go in many of the buildings standing in 320 AD and tour landmark site like the Colosseum.

Historical Newspapers - Links to historical U.S. newspapers available online at no cost. Newspapers listed by state, with dates of coverage for each paper given.

Historical Scene Investigations - A cool site that allows students to solve historical mysteries using primary sources. Investigations cover American History from Jamestown to the Civil War to World War II to Nixon.

Hyperhistory - "HyperHistory is an expanding scientific project presenting 3,000 years of world history with an interactive combination of lifelines, timelines, and maps."

Images of Colonialism- "This collection from the Harvard College Library contains more than 700 images which offer insight into European perspectives on how
popular perceptions of Asia and Africa were created and disseminated"

iCivics.org - Games and information on various civics topics including Separation of Powers, Citizenship and Participation, the Judical Branch, the Executive Branch, and the Legislative Branch.

Immigration Info - Historical and current information on immigration, including primary source accounts of moving to America told by young people.

Inaugurational Events - Find out about presidential inaugurations on the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies' website.

Jim Crow Era

JFK Oval Office - Take an interactive tour of JFK's Oval Office. Click on items in the room to link to primary source documents, films, etc.

Library of Congress - The Library of Congress has a special page designed to help teachers integrate primary sources into the classroom.

LIFE photo archives - "A rich resource for anyone seeking image relating to U.S. history and world events, images ranging from 1750 to the 2000s."

MapLight.org - "MapLight is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that connects data on campaign contributions, politicians, votes, industries, companies, and
more to show patterns of influence that could never be seen before."

Mission-US.org - Interactive American history website, "a revolutionary way to learn history."

National Geographic's Education site

National Women's History Museum - "The National Women's History Museum educates, inspires, empowers, and shapes the future by integrating women's distinctive history into the culture and history of the United States."

Nazi art albums - A section of The National Archives collection

New York Times Learning Network - Teaching and learning with the New York Times!

NOVA's "This Old Pyramid"- "On this Web site, wander through the chambers and passageways of the Great Pyramid, and learn about the pharaohs for whom these monumental tombs were built. You can also follow the 1997 field season of a team of archaeologists as they excavated the bakery that fed the pyramid builders."

Office of the Historian - The offical site of the U.S. government's Office of the Historian. Access primary source documents and information by time period.

PeopleHistory - American history by the decade.

Princeton University Digitial Library's American Revolution collection- "Features more than 150 recently gifted important books, pamphlets and prints representing the major themes of Lapidus' collecting: the intellectual origins of the American Revolution; the Revolution itself; the early years of the republic; the resulting spread of democratic ideas in the Atlantic world; and the effort to abolish the slave trade in both Great Britain and the United States."

Primary Sources - Collection of primary sources and oral histories covering various periods of United States history.

ProPublica.org - "Journalism in the public interest."

RagLinen - "Rag Linen, named for the heavy-duty paper on which pre-19th century news was printed, is an online museum of rare and historic newspapers, which serve as the first drafts of history and the critical primary source material for historians, authors and educators."

Reminisce Magazine - Great photos and stories from the 1920s on.

Stanford History Education Group's American History Lesson Plans- "The Reading Like a Historian curriculum turns students into historical investigators. Students may find this change jarring after a steady diet of reading a textbook and answering questions."

TeachtheFirstAmendment - Lessons and activities for teaching the First Amendment.

ThenAndNow - What Was There allows you to compare before and after photos of any number of buildings and places, all over the world."

TimeMaps.com- "The TimeMap of World History is an all inclusive look at world history. It combines maps, timelines and chronological narratives that work together to enhance historical understanding. New content added daily."

Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database- "The Trans Atlantic Slave Trade Database from Emory University."

Titantic Passenger List - List of passengers on the Titanic with biographical information on each one.

UCONN Aerial Maps of CT Past and Present

U.S Census Bureau - "History page of the U.S. Census Bureau has info about the history of the Census Bureau, the history of the U.S. Census, fast facts for each Census from 1790 on along with brief listings of events in popular culture for eachdecade, and K-12 lesson plans and classroom materials."

Vanderbilt TV- "The Vanderbilt Television News Archive is the world's most extensive and complete archive of television news. We have been recording, preserving
and providing access to television news broadcasts of the national networks since August 5, 1968."

Voice of America - World news

War of 1812 Resources - Library of Congress's collection of War of 1812 online resources.

Witness to the Early American Experience - "The contents of Witness to the Early American Experience are drawn from the collections of New York University and the New-York Historical Society. The Richard Maass Collection of Westchester and New York State is part of the archives and manuscript collections of the Fales Library, New York University. It contains over three hundred documents relating to the early history of New York State, with a particular focus on the American Revolutionary War"
WorldBank Data - "Social, economic, financial, and development data for more than 200 countries and economies. Browse, map, graph, or download data by country, indicator, or topic."

World History Sources- "World History teachers face many challenges to incorporating primary sources in their teaching—the pressures of coverage in survey courses, the lack of available materials, and inadequate training in dealing with unfamiliar sources from a range of cultures. World History Sources responds to these challenges (as well as the new opportunities offered by the Internet) by creating a website to help world history teachers and students locate, analyze, and learn from online primary sources and to further their understanding of the complex nature of world history, especially the issues of cultural contact and globalization."

Worldometers- "The Real Time Statistics Project"

World War I - The British Library's collection of World War I images - "Discover World War One historical sources from both sides of the conflict, contributed by institutions from across Europe."

World War I postcards and poetry - "The Great War 1914-1918 began as a resource for courses in World War I poetry, a topic now taught in a number of universities. The site has since grown to be of interest to anyone studying World War I."

World War II: Victory in the Pacific - Part of the PBS American Experience series, film footage with links to relevant websites.

WowLit.org - Find multicultural literature for young adults.