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There are an extensive number of links on this page. They have been grouped by World History (including sections on Egypt, Greece, Rome and Medieval Times) , and US History.

Teaching History

Designed to be a resource to those teaching history, the site is divided into three main areas: teaching materials, history content, and best practices. The teaching materials section includes reviewed lesson plans, teaching guides, and a search-able index of state standards. The history content includes website reviews, multimedia resources, links to museums and historical sites and other resources. The best practices section looks at how one thinks as a historian, advice on using primary sources, and tips for those teaching history. There are brief video introductions to the site focused on different instructional levels (elementary, middle school, and high school). Tucked in the corners is a weekly history quiz, video interviews with historians, and an NHEC blog. (Information taken from Teachers First)


World History for Us All

World History for Us All is a powerful, innovative model curriculum for teaching world history in middle and high schools.
World History for Us All. This also includes a cool video called "History of the World in Seven Minutes."

  • presents the human past as a single story rather than unconnected stories of many civilizations.
  • helps teachers meet state and national standards.
  • enables teachers to survey world history without excluding major peoples, regions, or time periods.
  • helps students understand the past by connecting specific subject matter to larger historical patterns.
  • draws on up-to-date historical research.
  • may be readily adapted to a variety of world history programs.
World History for Us All is a national collaboration of K-12 teachers, collegiate instructors, and educational technology specialists. It is a project of San Diego State University in cooperation with the National Center for History in the Schools at UCLA. World History for Us All is a continuing project. Elements under development will appear on the site in the coming months.

History for Kids

History and Science for middle school kids.

Atlas of World History

Click on the a date on the time line and a location on the map of Africa Asia and Europe to learn about ancient history.http://www.atlasofworldhistory.com/

Innovations Learning-History

History is all about how people lived, worked and ate a long time ago. When we learn about it in school, we look at certain periods of time that are of most interest. Each of these times has special significance for us. Look at the information pages for information and pictures, or try some of the activities on the web site. They will help you understand what life was like then.


A History of the World

This site uses objects to tell a history of the world. You’ll find 100 objects from the British Museum and hundreds more from museums and people across the UK. What will you add to the collection?

Primary History

The style in which BBC Schools presents history on this site will spark any young student’s interest. The site covers the Ancient Greeks, Romans, Atimeline.jpgnglo Saxons, Vikings, Children of Victorian Britain, and World War 2. An interactive time-line, links all five historic periods together and allows students to contribute new events. The cartoon graphics are visually appealing and the familiar format of the interactive activities entertaining. Each time period has it's own page. The subject index on each page organizes information into topic groups. Click on a topic and sub-sections appear. Each section contains easy to read text that is informative but not too complex. Scroll over key terms and a definition appears. Various fun facts are educational and humorous. There are digital photographs and videos for each sub-section. Unfortunately, it appears BBC blocks the videos for viewers outside the United Kingdom. Each page has an interactive quiz, activities for enrichment, additional links, and free teacher resources. The site is from the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English. (Information taken from Teachers First)

Learner.org- The Western Tradition

A video instructional series on Western civilization for college and high school classrooms and adult learners consists of 52 half-hour video programs. Covering the ancient world through the age of technology, this illustrated lecture by Eugen Weber presents a tapestry of political and social events woven with many strands — religion, industry, agriculture, demography, government, economics, and art. A visual feast of over 2,700 images from the Metropolitan Museum of Art portrays key events that shaped the development of Western thought, culture, and tradition. This series is also valuable for teachers seeking to review the subject matter.

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History 101

The cultures of Africa, Aztec, China, Egypt, Greece, Mayan, Mesopotamia, Rome, Olmec, Prehistory, Middle Ages and World War II are divided into categories of Art, Biographies, Daily Life, Maps, Pictures and Research and more.

Journey of Mankind

This beautifully designed site take visitors on an animated 160,000-year virtual migration of man. Beginning in the tropics of East Africa, the illustrated, annotated journey reveals the many climatological events that governed the routes of early man. This is a spectacular resource, perfect as a foundation for a world cultures class, or for a study of world climate in science. The site states that it may require time to load (and it does!). Do not try this one a dial-up. This site requires FLASH. (Information from Teachers First)


Journey to a New Land


People first arrived in the Americas at least 12,000 years ago. The timing of their arrival and the route by which they traveled are not known. Did they follow an inland ice-free corridor route from Siberia to the unglaciated regions south of the ice sheets? Or did they take a coastal route, traveling by boat down the Pacific Coast? Did people arrive during the ice age, or not until after the glaciers receded?

This site explores these and other questions, and looks at some of the evidence and ideas that have been proposed to resolve them.

Choose your journey by clicking on the PRIMARY LEVEL, ELEMENTARY LEVEL, MIDDLE SCHOOL LEVEL, SECONDARY LEVEL or POST-SECONDARY LEVEL buttons located above the image at the top of the page. Or choose a shortcut to our Multimedia Library by selecting a category from the menu on the left.

5,000 years in 90 Seconds

Great empires rise and fall, mostly in the Middle East. Watch history play itself out on dynamic maps and timeline. You will need flash to watch this animated map to see the imperial history of the Middle East.

History World

Historyworld’s aim is to make world history more easily accessible through interactive narratives and timelines. Written by Bamber Gascoigne, it consists of about 300 narratives ( the alphabetical list runs from Aegean Civilization to Zoroastrianism) and some 10,000 events on searchable timelines.

The Lascaux Caves

View photos of the prehistoric paintings in the Lascaux caves in France.

Ancient Civilizations

Journey around the world and across time with the British Museum’s award-winning ancient civilizations websites for students and teachers. Uncover life, belief and practices in the ancient world using animations, 3D models and objects from the Museum collection. Each website includes a staff room with downloadable resources.

This History Our History- Ancient Mesopotamia

Mesopotamia, an ancient Greek term meaning "the land between rivers," is considered to be the cradle of civilization because this is where we find the origins of agriculture, written language, and cities.Chosen from the Mesopotamian collection of the Oriental Institute Museum of the University of Chicago, this website tells the story of ancient Mesopotamia now present-day Iraq — a story shared by all humans.

Ancient Mesopotamia website
Ancient Mesopotamia website
Ancient Mesopotamia

Explore the ruins of a palace, the library of an astronomer and the Royal Tombs of Ur, then build your own ziggurat and calculate the movements of the planets.

Time Maps

TimeMaps: Atlas of World History

The TimeMaps: Atlas of World History is a FREE teaching resource that tells the story of human history through an interactive map. Use it to:

  • Navigate to any historical civilization to see where, when and how they lived;
  • See a visual overview of the world, a region, or a nation;
  • Visualise and read the story of continuity and change throughout history.


The Vikings

vikinghim.gifThis is the story of a people who crossed the sea in search of other lands. In small boats they braved mighty oceans and settled... eventually!


Ancient Egypt iquest

Chose a topic: Ancient Egypt, King Tut, Egypt culture, ancient Egypt histories, the mummies, Egyptian pyramids, ancient Egyptian art.


National Geographic- Egypt Guide

The world's original tourist destination, the seat of thought and influence in the Arab world.
• The first Arab country to make peace with Israel.
• Paper, the 365-day calendar, and novelist Naguib Mahfouz's unforgettable Cairo Trilogy are among its many gifts to the world.
• Images of pharaonic culture—mummies, hieroglyphs, the Pyramids—suffuse our contemplation of this storied land.
• The Nile bisects its vast expanse.
• Crumbling Cairo contrasts with graceful fishermen's feluccas drifting on a river breeze.
• A country of endless contrast, grindingly poor yet rich beyond words in history

PBS- Secrets of the Pharaohs

You can do all sorts of interesting things on this site, including viewing King Tut’s tomb, going inside a 3D version of the Khufu pyramid at Giza, or see a step by step slide show of how a mummy is made. It also explains the numerous techniques scientists use to study ancient Egypt (including mass spectrometry and extracting DNA from mummies), and has some really great maps and Pharaoh time lines. (Information taken from http://egyptomania.matrix.msu.edu/?p=35)

Egyptian Life

Daily life in ancient Egypt revolved around the Nile and the fertile land along its banks. The yearly flooding of the Nile enriched the soil and brought good harvests and wealth to the land.
Learn about a day in the life of two ancient Egyptian families. Experience the world of an ancient Egyptian nobleman.

Ancient Egypt

Welcome to Ancient Egypt. Come and discover the Land of the Pharoahs. Learn to write Egyptian ... visit Abu Simbel ... it's fun.

Jog the Web Ancient Egypt

There are stories of the great kings & queens.

In the pyramid & temple section you can explore the ancient monuments; using interactive maps, photos, drawings, and paintings.

Also check out Rebuilding Temples and see how these shrines, to the gods, may have appeared to ancient eyes.

There is a basic description of hieroglyphic writing. And for a bit of fun you can send a friend their name as an eCard using the hieroglyphic translator.

There are also images of hieroglyphs you can use in your own projects.

You will also learn about Egyptian numerals and can test your knowledge with some mathematical problems set out using the ancient numbers.

Ancient Egypt- Life on the Nile

Your child will enjoy this interactive web site telling all of what life was like along the Nile. Find out about the Nile during each of the seasons as well as other areas along the life giving river.

nilefilebiglogo.gifThe Nile File

Hello, my name is Nakht-Amun. Welcome to my world, the world of ancient Egypt. I am just an ordinary ancient Egyptian man. I lived between 5000 and 2000 years ago.

egypt_title.jpgNational Geographic- Pyramids

Explore the pyramids. Who built them? How old are they? What is inside?


National Geographic Maps- Explore a Pyramid

Interactive web site that lets you explore an ancient pyramid using a robot. http://www.mywonderfulworld.org/toolsforadventure/games/pyramid.html

Fascinating Egyptian Mummies

This web site from the Musee de la Civilisation in Quebec offers 3 games that will give you a first glimpse into acient Egypt. Complete the three games to leave your mark in the sarcophagi chamber and earn a fantastic personalized wallpaper.

Clickable Mummy

click_mummy.jpgWelcome to the new and improved Clickable Mummy. Move your mouse over the picture to see under the wrappings of a typical mummy, then click to see interesting facts and information about the mummification process. You will also see some of the many magical amulets that were included in the mummies wrappings.

Ancient Egypt website
Ancient Egypt website
Ancient Egypt

Explore temples and pyramids, make sense of hieroglyphs, unwrap mummification, learn about ancient Egyptian gods and goddesses

Digital Karnak

At Digital Karnak you will find videos, photos, models, and PDF files with every thing known about Karnak in Egypt, one of the largest temple complexes in the world. On this massive site you’ll be able to view the ruins as they look today and models of how they must have looked in ancient times. There are four options to choose from at the top of the home page or at the bottom is a link for the "Temple Complex Overview." There is so much to see and learn about the Karnuk Temple and the surrounding area that this is a must see for anyone who teaches ancient Egyptian History. A caution about the videos, the beginning of the videos shows architectural type drawings and animations; the middle to end of the videos will show models of how the buildings must have looked. For younger students, the middle to end of the videos will be of more interest.(Information taken from Teachers First)

Theban Mapping Project

theban_home_map.gifAtlas of the Valley of the Kings: Discover each tomb in the Valley in this interactive Atlas. Investigate a database of information about each tomb, view a compilation of more than 2000 images, interact with models of each tomb, and measure, pan, and zoom over 250 detailed maps, elevations, and sections. Experience sixty-five narrated tours by Dr. Weeks and explore a 3D recreation of tomb KV 14.

Atlas of the Theban Necropolis: Explore the entire archaeological zone through this giant aerial photograph. Zoom in to see individual architectural details of temples and palaces as well as the topography of the area. Mouse over sites to get additional information about them.

Write Like an Egyptian

Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic alphabet translator write your name in the ancient script.

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Sail down the Nile River on a quest for Ancient Egyptian Math. Discover what means they used to build the Pyramids thousands of years ago. Click on the links below to find out more about Ancient Egyptian Mathematics. Click on the assignment link for your ancient questions.


The Seven Wonders of the World

The ancient Greeks loved to compile lists of the marvellous structures in their world. Though we think of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World as a single list today, there were actually a number of lists compiled by different Greek writers. Antipater of Sidon, and Philon of Byzantium, drew up two of the most well-known lists. Many of the lists agreed on six of the seven items.

Greek Odyssey Online

Welcome to the new Greek Odyssey online:Greece! This website is now a complete interactive learning experience. So sit back, get comfortable and have fun.

The Immortals- Greek Mythology

Quick list of the main Greek gods. Includes a short section telling about each god and gives their Roman counterpart.

Ancient Greece

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Voyage with Odysseus, survive Spartan boy soldier training, gatecrash a wealthy party, take a tour round ancient Athens or dive down to a shipwreck and solve an ancient mysty.

Ancient Greece

What would it have been like if you had lived in ancient Sparta or in ancient Athens? You would have lived in a City State and would very proud of it! You would also be proud of being Greek. The ancient Greeks were thinkers. They loved to talk. They worshipped their gods and respected people. They loved beauty, music, literature, drama, philosophy, politics and art and some even loved battle and sports.
Sparta's powerful army is ready for war. Athens knows that it cannot defeat this army ... but it has a Navy and Sparta does not. The year is 430 BC. Poliphus and his family from Athens and Sparcus and his family from Sparta are thinking about the future. They each have different points of view!!
We follow the story of the war between Athens and Sparta as seen by these two families.


BBC- Ancient Romans

Mad emperors, brutal entertainments and lascivious lifestyles. These are the familiar images of ancient Rome, but what was it really like?

Rome Reborn

Rome Reborn is an international initiative whose goal is the creation of 3D digital models illustrating the urban development of ancient Rome from the first settlement in the late Bronze Age (ca. 1000 B.C.) to the depopulation of the city in the early Middle Ages (ca. A.D. 550). With the advice of an international Scientific Advisory Committee, the leaders of the project decided that A.D. 320 was the best moment in time to begin the work of modeling. At that time, Rome had reached the peak of its population, and major Christian churches were just beginning to be built. After this date, few new civic buildings were built. Much of what survives of the ancient city dates to this period, making reconstruction less speculative than it must, perforce, be for earlier phases. But having started with A.D. 320, the Rome Reborn team intends to move both backwards and forwards in time until the entire span of time foreseen by our mission has been covered. http://www.romereborn.virginia.edu/


Take a virtual tour of the current Pompeii exhibit at the Field Museum of Chicago with this site that brings the cataclysmic eruption to life. The true gem of the site is an interactive timeline that details and animates the events of August 24, AD 79. But be sure to check out the photo gallery – which includes images of frescoes, artifacts, and plaster and epoxy resin casts of some of the victims (a bit gruesome). (Information from Teachers First)


BBC- Viking Quest

Play the game of 'Viking Quest', which takes you back to AD 793. Can you build a ship, cross the seas, loot a monastery and return home to claim your prize? Your chief has set the challenge, it's up to you to respond.
Turn up your sound for the full Viking experience.

The Romans

This section of our website provides a selection of resources that will enhance your study of the Romans. We haven't used many words ... but hope that you will think about and enjoy the pictures and the online activities. A picture is worth a thousand words!! If you need HOMEWORK information, you need to click on the LINKS from this section.

Medieval Times

All Things Medieval

Welcome to the All Things Medieval Website. There are lots of medieval things here. There are lots of interesting articles about castles, knights and other medieval things to be found here. Enjoy!

Medieval Castles

Medieval castles in Europe were built over a period of more than 500 years - from around 1000 AD to 1550 AD. Indeed they were built so well that many medieval castles (or at the very least their ruins) can still be seen today - a legacy that allows us the privilege of some truly tangible history.

Design a Coat of Arms

Coats of arms are described by using French words from the Middle Ages. This program lets you design your own coat of arms step by step.

Snayfwickby Castle

A tour to talk about all around the fine old castle of Snayfwickby c 1350

Castles on the Web

Welcome to Castles on the Web! We offer an extensive database of all things Castle related including a directory of castles from around the world, a photo gallery with thousands of castle photos, castle greeting cards, a castle forum where you can meet other castle enthusiasts, a castle glossary and more! If you enjoy castles then this is the place to be. Enjoy!

American History

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The Avalon Project- American History Time Line

This site from the Yale Law school emphasizes American history through documents in law, history and diplomacy.

intro_main_07.jpgInteractive United History Map

Become a geography whiz as you learn how the United States was settled. Discover how the continent was irrevocably changed by European colonization, the events that caused the wholesale displacement and decimation of the land's original inhabitants, and how the 50 states came to be formed.

Education World- Sites to See American History

American history Websites offer resources teachers and students, ranging from the basic historical facts to virtual investigations of historical events. Discover and explore primary documents, lesson plans and interactive classroom activities.


[[image:file/view/mission-us-logo.png align="left"]]Mission US is an interactive adventure game designed to improve the understanding of American history by students in grades 5 through 8.

The first game in a planned series, Mission 1: “For Crown or Colony?” explores the reasons for Revolution through the eyes of both Loyalists and Patriots in 1770 Boston. This website provides information and materials to support the use of Mission 1 in your classroom. Download all the teacher materials as a DOC or PDF.

Smithsonian- National Museum of American History

The Smithsonian is known as the "Nation's Attic" so what better place to teach us about American History. View the collections, the special exhibits and a time line of the items in the museum.

Learning About Famous Americans

Looking for a famous American?
This page presents short biographies of more than 200 famous American's drawn from our unit, "The 50 States." These personalities are arranged by theme: African Americans, artists, business, characters, cultural figures, inventors, pioneers, polititians, scientists, sports, woman, and writers.

History.com- The Story of Us

Watch videos, view pictures and read articles about the history of our nation.

Historic Maps

hp_map.jpgThis resource for K-12 teachers and students developed by the Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography at the Newberry Library is designed to bring historically significant map documents into your classroom. Inside are high quality images of historic map documents that illustrate the geographical dimensions of American history.
Each map is accompanied by lesson plans written for four grade levels and designed to support a variety of social studies, history, and geography curricula.

shmoop_logo_header_sm.pngShmoop- US History

Useful for either teachers or students, Shmoop is a virtual cram session on a variety of topics. In this history section, choose a time period and you get a tabbed overview of the era including a quick review, a more in-depth coverage, a timeline, important people, fun facts, web links, and a test review. There are featured stories, Hot Topics, and study guides. It's all written in a breezy, accessible style that students will appreciate, but it's not superficial. (Information taken from Teachers First)


100 Milestone Documents

To help us think, talk and teach about the rights and responsibilities of citizens in our democracy, we invite you to explore 100 milestone documents of American history. These documents reflect our diversity and our unity, our past and our future, and mostly our commitment as a nation to continue to strive to "form a more perfect union."

New York Times- Time Machine

Welcome. TimesMachine can take you back to any issue from Volume 1, Number 1 of The New-York Daily Times, on September 18, 1851, through The New York Times of December 30, 1922. Choose a date in history and flip electronically through the pages, displayed with their original look and feel

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The History Place offers a chronological listing of American historical events (with pictures) and is easy to navigate.


History Animated

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a good animation is worth ten thousand. After reading book after book about the Pacific War and finding only complicated maps with dotted lines and dashed lines crisscrossing the pages, we decided to depict the key naval and land battles using animation technology.

EASE History

EASE History is a rich online environment that supports the learning and teaching of US History. Hundreds of historical videos and photographs are currently available in EASE History.
Learn about US History through the prism of US presidential campaign ads, better understand the complexities of campaign issues and their historical context by looking at historical events, and explore the meanings of core values by examining how these values have been applied in both historical events and campaign ads.

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Welcome to HistoryBuff.com, a nonprofit organization devoted to providing FREE primary source material for students, teachers, and historybuffs. This site focuses primarily on HOW news of major, and not so major, events in American history were reported in newspapers of the time. In addition, there is information about the technology used to produce newspapers over the past 400 years. Our latest addition is panoramas of historic sites in America.

America The Story of Us

Watch small video snippets of the History Channel production of America- The Story of Us. This site includes links to teachers guide and classroom guides to each episode.

Movies of Early Americans

Each film in the 'Famous Moments' series highlights a true story of historical significance, providing 'students' of early America with a better understanding of the people, places and events of this important era.
Of added interest for viewers, each film tells its story using scenes and portraits from the Early American Digital Library. Many of the images are primary source documents — engravings, woodcuts and drawings that date back to the early to mid-1800s.
All of the films can be downloaded using a 56k modem except The Life of George Washington and The Ben Franklin Story, both of which require a high-speed connection such as DSL or cable/modem.

Scholastic- The First Thanksgiving

Scholastic_logo.gifThey spent two months at sea to reach a strange new world, and barely survived once they got there. Learn how the Pilgrims reached America and lived to celebrate the first Thanksgiving.

PBS- Liberty Road to Revolution Game

Test your knowledge about the American Revolution, and see if you can navigate your way to independence. Every correct answer gets you closer to liberty!

Teachers First Colonial Tour

A surprising number of America's earliest settlements have been preserved or reconstructed to help today's Americans understand how Europeans first settled North America. If you're planning a trip along the east coast, chances are good that at least one of these sites will be within a few hours of your route. These pages provide background information and explain the historical significance of these sites. They also list numerous other web sites for each location. You can also use these pages to take your own interactive tour of the places that helped start a new nation. To begin your journey, s
elect a location from the navigation bar.

Archiving Early America

Here at Archiving Early America, you will discover a wealth of resources — a unique array of primary source material from 18th Century America. Scenes and portraits from original newspapers, maps and writings come to life on your screen just as they appeared to this country's forebears more than two centuries ago. Is you browse through these pages, you will find it easier to understand the people, places and events of this significant time in the American experience.http://www.earlyamerica.com/

Colonial Williamsburg

The sights and sounds of the 18th century
Experience life as it was in our nation's yesterdays. Explore the homes and buildings where men like Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and Patrick Henry inspired the fight for independence.

The Monticello Classroom

Welcome to the Monticello Classroom! We've gathered the best resources for classroom or home use about Thomas Jefferson and life at Monticello.

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Learn how to make life in Colonial America relevant to youth today, key ideas that led to the War of Independence, tips on helping kids use the Internet productively and safely, and resources for additional background information.

American Revolution

This interactive web site will take you through the major engagements of the American Revolution.

A Biography of America- The Civil War

Key Events- The first years of the Civil War, through the Battle of Gettysburg.
Map- The battle sites of the Civil War, with close-ups of the campaigns for Richmond and Vicksburg.
Transcript- The full transcript of the video program.
Webography- Links to sites with primary and secondary source materials related to the topics of this program.

Civil War for 5th Graders

Web site created by Radford College in VA that offers a great overview of the Civil War at a level understood by younger children.

The Civil War for Kids

grantlee.gifThe students in Mrs. Huber's class at Pocantico Hills School in Sleepy Hollow, New York have been learning about the Civil War. We read about this important time in our nation's history and wrote about it. We made a timeline of important events from 1860 to 1865. Our bar graphs contain data about the North and the South in 1861 when the Civil War began. Each graph compares the resources of the two regions. We looked at Civil War battle victories, used our mapping skills to examine the nation in detail, and made both Confederate and Union flags. We have drawings of Civil War uniforms, short biographies of Civil War leaders, images of other leaders, links to other Civil War Sites, and activity sheets for you to do. We hope you enjoy our work!

The American Civil War Homepage

Comprehensive site that offers campaigns and battles, images, music, documentary records and lots of links.

Kids Connect- The Civil War

Links to web sites that cover the major battles of the war as well as other major events that led up to and occurred during the war.

Civil War Clip Art

If you need clip art for a Civil War project this is the place to look. Most are black and white sketches but there are a few in color.

National Geographic- The Underground Railroad

You are a slave. Your body, your time, your very breath belong to a farmer in 1850s Maryland. Six long days a week you tend his fields and make him rich. You have never tasted freedom. You never expect to.
And yet . . . your soul lights up when you hear whispers of attempted escape. Freedom means a hard, dangerous trek. Do you try it?

Smithsonian- Lincoln, The Face of A War

The face of Abraham Lincoln is so much with us, from Mount Rushmore to the penny, that it is easy to overlook anything human in it. Before we see wisdom, compassion, humor, sorrow, or any other quality, we see a symbol, as familiar in its outlines as the Statue of Liberty. Lincoln was a symbol in his own time—of the Union or emancipation or tyranny —but he was still a man, not yet a monument. Physically, he was a figure of fun, as much to himself as to others. Once when he was accused of being “two-faced,” he replied, “If I had two faces, would I be wearing this one?”

In the first lesson in this issue, students take a close look at Lincoln the man, as seen in two photographs, taken in 1860 and 1865, and in two plaster “life masks,” made in the same years. This exercise in portrait analysis leads to a study of events in the years between—years that changed Lincoln drastically—and might serve as an introduction to a unit on the Civil War.

In the second lesson, students examine an eyewitness drawing of Lincoln’s arrival in the enemy capital of Richmond, Virginia, at the end of the war. As he moved among former slaves, Lincoln the person became freedom’s personification. Never before had an appearance by a president—the mere showing of his face—meant more to his audience.

Smithsonian- Civil War

external image title_small.jpg is produced by the National Portrait Gallery and is dedicated to examining the Civil War through the Smithsonian Institution's extensive and manifold collections. Since the war itself, 1861–1865, the institution has been actively collecting, preserving, and remembering America’s most profound national experience. Now through the World Wide Web, this site will significantly expand that mission, giving the public increased access to Smithsonian collections and archives.

US History Videos

The Glencoe/McGraw Hill Companies publish a commonly used US History textbook titled The American Journey Modern Times. To accompany that textbook Glencoe/ McGraw Hill hosts an online video library containing more than five dozen titles. The video library begins with titles about Antebellum US History through the beginning of the 21st century. Each video is two to three minutes long. The videos can be viewed online even if you haven't purchased the textbook. (Information taken from Free Technology for Teachers)

American Immigration Overview

Video web site from the National Heritage Academies about the American immigration experience from 1830-1920.

Grolliers WW II Commemoration

World War II ended on September 2, 1945 with the formal surrender of Japan aboard the U.S. battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of the war, we have put together what we believe to be the definitive collection of World War II historical materials on the Web.

WWII- The Home Front

The Second World War lasted for 6 years. Just think of that ... pretend that the war just started today. How old will you be in 6 years? Not everyone went to fight, but everyone helped in the 'war effort' in some way or other. This section of our website looks at the lives of those who stayed behind at home.

Echoes of the War: Stories from the Big Red One

The 1st Infantry Division is an organization of approximately 20,000 soldiers organized to conduct sustained combat operations anywhere in the world. A division contains all of the types of units necessary on the battlefield: infantry, artillery, armor, engineers, aviation, intelligence, logistical and medical support and many others. The 1st Infantry Division was organized as the "First Division" on June 8, 1917, on the docks of Hoboken, NJ, just prior to sailing for France in World War I. It has been on continuous active duty ever since and has been "first" many times: first overseas and in combat in World Wars I and II; first ashore at Omaha Beach in Normandy, France, in 1944; one of the first two combat divisions deployed to Vietnam in 1965. Called the "Big Red One" for the red numeral 1 that has been its shoulder patch since 1918, today's 1st Infantry Division is headquartered at Fort Riley, KS. Several of its constituent brigades including thousands of soldiers are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. The important history of the Big Red One is one compelling example of courageous service to country provided by generations of Americans in all units and services.http://www.bsu.edu/wipb/echoesofwar/index.asp

Interactive Map of Northern Europe During WW II

Follow the major European battles in this interactive map. Click on a number to find out more about the battle.

Interactive Map of Southern Europe During WW II

Follow the major European battles in this interactive map. Click on a number to find out more about the battle.

Interactive Map of the Pacific Theater During WW II

Follow the major Pacific Theater battles in this interactive map. Click on a number to find out more about the battle.

The National World War II Museum

The National World War II Museum tells the story of the American Experience in the war that changed the world – why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today – so that all generations will understand the price of freedom and be inspired by what they learn. Dedicated in 2000 as The National D-Day Museum and now designated by Congress as the country’s official museum of the Second World War, it celebrates the American Spirit, the teamwork, optimism, courage and sacrifice of the men and women fought on the battlefront and the Home Front.

WW II Pictures in Color

Welcome to a great collection of World War II photographs on the Internet. Experience World War II like you never seen it before by viewing some of the most dramatic photos taken during the war. Contribute to history by posting your comments on each photo. Videos are coming soon.

Groliers Online WW II Photos


This collection of photographs from the National Archives provides a pictoral history of a select group of events from World War II. To enlarge the image, simply click on it.

JFK's Inaugural Speech

Watch the actual television footage of John F. Kennedy's inaugural speech.

soldiers2.jpgThe Vietnam Veteran's Memoria

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall USA website is dedicated to honoring those who died in the Vietnam War. Since it first went on line in 1996 it has evolved into something more. It is now also a place of healing for those affected by one of the most divisive wars in our nation's history.

September 11- Digital Archive


The September 11 Digital Archive uses electronic media to collect, preserve, and present the history of September 11, 2001 and its aftermath. The Archive contains more than 150,000 digital items, a tally that includes more than 40,000 emails and other electronic communications, more than 40,000 first-hand stories, and more than 15,000 digital images. In September 2003, the Library of Congress accepted the Archive into its collections, an event that both ensured the Archive's long-term preservation and marked the library's first major digital acquisition.

102 Minutes That Changed the World

This great activity from the History Channel gives students a layout of the parts of NYC affected by the attacks on the Twin Towers through an interactive map and short clips from on-the-scene filmmakers. There are 10 locations on the map with information and video, each showing the effects of the attacks on various parts of the city. Some of the film pieces are emotionally charged, so take caution in letting students watch all the videos. Preview to decide whether they may be able to handle it with their maturity levels. (Information taken from Teachers First)