Social Studies

Use this online tool from Shepards Software to identify countries.
"This professional learning community, hosted by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, highlights a free character education program that includes 50+ lesson plans, 100+ video vignettes, webinars and primary source documents for secondary school teachers to use in the classroom as examples of courage, integrity, and good citizenship. The program is built on the premise that all people have within them the capacity for extraordinary bravery and selfless service." 
The Institute of Texan Cultures has great resources and lesson plans for teachers.
National Atlas of the United States of America:  "You've found the single best Federal source for national maps and geographic information on the Web. The people and places of the United States are here."  Wow!  An amazing new map resource!
A Catalog of Political Cartoons by Dr. Seuss
"'Presidents of the United States' offers a biography, portrait, & facts about each U.S. President. "
"The Price of Freedom: Americans at War" features a timeline of America's wars, from the Revolution toIraq. Watch an interactive presentation on each war --slideshows & movies, text & photos, & dozens of artifacts(firearms, flags, uniforms). Read an overview of eachconflict; learn about its causes, major events, & consequences. Gain a sense of how wars have shaped our history.
World History Sources "is an online resource center designed to help high school and college world history teachers and their 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."
A Walk Through Time:  The Evolution of Time Measurement Through the Ages - Presented by a NIST Physics Laboratory.
"The Ad*Access Project, funded by the Duke Endowment "Library 2000" Fund, presents images and database information for over 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955."
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
"Interactive Constitution lets you search the Constitution & find relevant passages & explanations."
"Seventeen Moments in Soviet History begins with the Bolshevik seizure of power in 1917 & ends with the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991."
"History and Politics Out Loud is a searchable archive of politically significant audio materials for scholars, teachers and students.  HPOL is a component of "Historical Voices" funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities in partnership with Michigan State University."
"Papers of John Jay is an image database of thousands of pages scanned from photocopies of original documents. Jay (1745-1829) helped negotiate peace with & independence from Great Britain. He served as Secretary for Foreign Affairs, contributed to theFederalist, was the first Chief Justice of the U.S., negotiated the 1794 "Jay Treaty" with Great Britain, & was a two-term governor of New York."
"Picturing Modern America helps students learn about modern America (1880-1920) by analyzing primary sources. Topics include immigration, the city, women & suffrage, industrialization, the West, children's lives, leisure time, progressive reform, & World War I. Three kinds of exercises are offered: analyzing a single document, exploring a theme (prairie settlement, for instance), & creating an online exhibit."
"Martin Luther King Jr., National Historic Site" features Atlanta's Auburn Avenue, the neighborhood where the civil rights leader was born & raised. "Sweet Auburn," as it came to be called, became the center of African American life in Atlanta between 1910 & 1930. Photos & maps of the neighborhood are provided. King's role in the civil rights movement is also examined. (NPS)

Treasures of Ancient Egypt

"The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities." (from source0

"The Empire That Was Russia" shows photographs of a lost world -- the Russian Empire on the eve of World War I & the coming revolution. Medieval churches & monasteries, railroads & factories, & daily life & work of Russia's diverse population are among the subjects. The photos were taken by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944), who, in the early 1900s, formulated a plan for a photographic survey of the Russian Empire that won the support of Nicholas II. Between 1909-1912, & again in 1915, he completed surveys of 11 regions, traveling in a specially equipped railroad car provided by the Ministry of Transportation. (LOC)
"CongressLink provides information about the U.S. Congress -- how it works, its members and leaders, and the public policies it produces. The site also hosts lesson plans and reference and historical materials related to congressional topics."

"The National Constitution Center is an independent, non-partisan, and non-profit organization dedicated to increasing public understanding of, and appreciation for, the Constitution, its history, and its contemporary relevance."

"The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North and South America cartographic history materials. Historic maps of the World, Europe, Asia and Africa are also represented."

"Edward S. Curtis's North American Indian" is one of the most significant & controversial representations of American Indian culture ever produced. Issued in a limited edition from 1907-1930, the publication continues to influence the image of Indians in popular culture. In over 2000 photos & narrative, Curtis portrayed the traditional customs & lifeways of 80 Indian tribes. (LOC)

"History & Politics Out Loud" offers a collection of audio materials -- some available for the first time -- capturing significant political & historical events & personalities of the 20th century. Materials range from formal speeches to private phone conversations conducted from the White House. Speakers include Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, Martin Luther King, Richard Nixon, & others. (NEH/NSF)

"Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind," the companion website for a film by the same title, presents interview clips, a timeline, an online forum of scholars, information about people & events in the film, & a teachers' guide about this immigrant laborer who, in the early 1900s, rose to lead the largest black organization in history, was taken to prison in handcuffs, & was eventually deported. (NEH)
U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
"Radio Fights Jim Crow" looks at a series of radio programs aired during World War II in an effort to mend racial & ethnic divisions in America . (NEH)
"Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey," the companion website for a film by the same title, chronicles the life & legacy of this mediator & U.N. diplomat who was the first person of color anywhere in the world to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace. (NEH)

"Scottsboro: An American Tragedy," the companion website for a film by the same title, provides a timeline, maps, teachers' guide, & other resources for examining the 1931 rape accusation in Paint Rock, Alabama -- made by two white women against 9 nine black teenagers -- that began one of the most significant legal fights of the 20th century. (NEH)

Chicago Anarchists on Trial: Evidence from the Haymarket Affair, 1886-1887," showcases more than 3,800 images of original manuscripts, broadsides, photographs, prints, & artifacts relating to the violent 1886 confrontation between Chicago police & labor protesters that was a pivotal setback in the struggle for American workers' rights. (LOC)

"The Church in the Southern Black Community, 1780-1925," traces how African-Americans in the South experienced Protestant Christianity & transformed it into the central institution of community life.

Coverage begins with white churches' conversion efforts & depicts the contradictions between the egalitarian potential of evangelical Christianity & the realities of slavery. It focuses, through slave narratives & observations by African American authors, on how the black community adapted evangelical Christianity, making it a metaphor for freedom, community, & personal survival. (LOC)

Civil War Treasures from the New-York Historical Society" offers images of recruiting posters for New York City regiments of volunteers, stereographic views documenting the mustering of soldiers & of popular support for the Union in New York City, photography showing the war's impact, & drawings & writings by soldiers on both sides. (LOC)

"The Frederick Douglass Papers" presents the papers of the 19th- century African-American abolitionist who escaped from slavery & then risked his own freedom by becoming an outspoken antislavery lecturer, writer, & publisher. The first release of the Douglass Papers contains 2,000 items (16,000 images) that span the years 1841 to 1964 & relate to Douglass's life as an escaped slave, abolitionist, editor, orator, & public servant. (LOC)

"Samuel F. B. Morse Papers at the Library of Congress, 1793-1919," presents 6,500 items that document Morse's invention of the electromagnetic telegraph, his participation in the development of telegraph systems in the U.S. & abroad, his career as a painter, his family life, his travels, & more. Included in this collection are correspondence, letterbooks, diaries, scrapbooks, printed matter, maps, & drawings. (LOC)

"Sunday School Books: Shaping the Values of Youth in Nineteenth- Century America" presents 170 Sunday school books published in America between 1815 & 1865. They document the culture of religious instruction of youth during the Antebellum era & illustrate thematic divisions that preoccupied 19th-century America, including sacred & secular, natural & divine, civilized & savage, rural & industrial, adult & child. Among the topics featured are history, holidays, slavery, African Americans, Native Americans, travel & missionary accounts, death & dying, poverty, temperance, immigrants, & advice. (LOC)

"Woody Guthrie & the Archive of American Folk Song: Correspondence, 1940-1950," highlights letters Guthrie wrote in the early 1940s after moving to New York City, where he pursued broadcasting & recording careers, met artists & social activists, & gained a reputation as a songwriter & performer. The site includes a biographical essay, a timeline of Guthrie's life, & an encoded finding aid of Guthrie materials at the Library of Congress. (LOC)

The White House website offers online tours.
Our Documents, a must-see site for teachers of U.S. History.  New American documents are added each week.