American History
Research Skills for History
1. Interpret historical data displayed in maps, graphs, tables, charts, and geologic time scales.
2. Distinguish among dating methods that yield calendar ages (e.g., dendrochronology), numerical ages (e.g., radiocarbon), correlated ages (e.g., volcanic ash), and relative ages (e.g., geologic time).
3.Formulate questions that can be answered by historical study and research.
4. Construct graphs, tables, timelines, charts, and narratives to interpret historical data.
5. Evaluate primary and secondary sources
6. Apply the skills of historical analysis to current social, political, geographic, and economic issues facing the world.
7. Compare present events with past events
A Chronology of US Historical Documents
American Rhetoric
Bring the Constitution to Life!
Digital Docs in a Box
Digital Vaults
Document Collections
Historic American Newspapers (LOC)
Historical Scene Investigation
History Explorer
More Timelines (Fact Monster)
Primary Source Materials and Document Based Questions
Primary Source Sets
Primary Sources (eHistory)
Teaching American History
Teaching With Documents (Archives)
Time Machine (U.S. Mint)
Timeline Archives (Fact Monster)
Timeline of U.S. History
Timeline Pre-1914 (PBS)
Timelines and Primary Sources (K12 Station)
United States Timeline: 1800-1900
Early Civilizations
1. Describe Prehistoric Cultures of the North American continent

Inuit Indian
Lakota Winter Counts
Learn About Native Americans
Native American History
Pre-Columbian Era (Wikipedia)
Where Indians Lived in America
Exploration and Colonization
1. Review the reciprocal impact resulting from early European contact with indigenous peoples
2. Describe the reasons for colonization of America (e.g., religious freedom, desire for land, economic opportunity, and a new life).
3. Compare the characteristics of the New England, Middle, and Southern colonies
4. Describe the impact of key colonial figures (e.g., John Smith, William Penn, Roger Williams Anne Hutchinson, John Winthrop).
The 13 American Colonies (Social Studies for Kids)
The 13 American Colonies (Social Studies for Kids)
The 13 Colonies of America (Social Studies for Kids)
1942: An Ongoing Voyage
Age of Discovery (Wikipedia)
All About Explorers
Colonial America
Colonial History of the United States (Wikipedia)
Colonial Williamsburg: Past and Present: Podcasts (History)
History and Art from New England
Jamestown (LOC)
Jamestown: First English Colony in America (Social Studies for Kids)
Jamestown Online Adventure (History Globe)
Liberty! (PBS)
Salem Witch Trial
The Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692
The Trial of John Peter Zenger
Virtual Jamestown
When Worlds Collide (PBS)
Worlds in Motion
Revolution and New Nation
1. Assess the economic, political, and social reasons for the American Revolution
2. Analyze the effects of European involvement in the American Revolution on the outcome of the war.
3. Describe the significance of major events in the Revolutionary War
4. Analyze how the new national government was created
5. Examine the significance in the formation of a new nation
6. Examine the experiences and perspectives in the new nation
American Revolution
American Revolutionary War (Wikipedia)
America's Critical Period (Wikipedia)
Andrew Jackson: Good, Evil & The Presidency (PBS)
The Aaron Burr Trial
The Boston Massacre Files (Boston History)
The Boston Massacre Trials
The Coming of the American Revolution
The Constitutional Convention (Teaching American History)
Declaration of Independence
Discover the Read George Washington
Ethnic America (Digital History)
Famous Moments in Early American History (Early America)
From Ellis Island to Orchard Street (Tenement)
History of Immigration to the United States (Wikipedia)
The Huddled Masses (Digital History)
Immigrant and Ethnic America
Immigration Challenges for New Americans (LOC)
Immigration: Stories of Yesterday and Today (Scholastic)
Jacksonian Democracy (Wikipedia)
Jeffersonian Democracy (Wikipedia)
Liberty! (PBS)
Mission US
The New Americans (PBS)
Revolutionary War Animated
The Rise and Fall of Alexander Hamilton
Shays' Rebellion-From Revolution to Constitution
Thomas Jefferson
US Immigration Policy (MSNBC)
War of 1812 (History)
The War of 1812 (American History)
Was the American Revolution Inevitable? (BBC)
Westward Expansion
1.Trace the growth of the American nation during the period of western expansion
2. Analyze how the following events affected the political transformation of the developing nation
3. Identify how economic incentives and geography influenced early American explorations
4. Describe the impact of European-American expansion on native peoples.
5. Describe the impact of the following aspects of the Industrial Revolution on the United States
American Old West (Wikipedia)
The American West
Discovering Lewis and Clark
The Gold Rush (PBS)
Growth of a Nation (Animated Atlas)
Jefferson Makes the Louisiana Purchase (PBS)
Lewis and Clark (National Geographic)
Lewis and Clark (PBS)
Lewis and Clark
Lewis and Clark
The Lewis and Clark Expedition Reached the Pacific Ocean in1805 (Read Write Think)
Manifest Destiny (Wikipedia)
New Perspectives on The West (PBS)
The Oregon Trail
The Voyage of Discovery Continues (USGS)
We Shall Remain (PBS)
Westward Expansion
Westward Expansion: Encounters at a Cultural Crossroads (LOC)
Wounded Knee: The Museum
Civil War and Reconstruction
1. Explain the economic, social, and political causes of the Civil War
2. Analyze aspects of the Civil War
3. Analyze immediate and long term effects of Reconstruction in post Civil War America
A House Divided (Digital History)
Abolition (Gilder Lehrman)
Abraham Lincoln (History)
Abraham Lincoln Research Site
Abraham Lincoln's Crossroads
African American Odyssey (LOC)
Age of Reform (Wikipedia)
American Civil War (History)
American Civil War (Wikipedia)
American Civil War Collection at the Electronic Text Center
The American Civil War Homepage
American Slave Narratives
America's Reconstruction (Digital History)
Black Confederates in the Civil War
Black History at HarpWeek (Black History)
The Expansion of Slavery from 1790-1860
Causes of the Civil War
Chinese Soldiers Fought in U.S. Civil War
Civil War and Reconstruction (Archives)
The Civil War for Kids
Civil War 150 (History)
Civil War
Civil War (Civil War)
Civil War (Brain Pop)
Civil War (Digital History)
Civil War (Civil War Academy)
The Civil War (PBS)
The Civil War (LOC)
Civil War Animated
The Civil War in Four Minutes
Civil War Lesson Plans/High School
Civil War Love Letters
Civil War Overview
Civil War Photos
Civil War Soldiers and Sailor System
Civil War Treasurers (LOC)
Confederate General "Stonewall" Thomas Jonathon Jackson 1824-1863 (American Civil War)
Debating Emancipation
Discovering the Civil War (Archives)
Documenting the American South
Fredrick Douglass
Fredrick Douglass (PBS)
The Freedman's Bureau Online
From Slavery to Civil Rights (LOC)
Gettysburg Address (LOC)
I Will Be Heard!: Abolitionism in America
The Impeachment Trial of Andrew Johnson
The Impeachment Trial of Andrew Johnson
Jim Crow in America (LOC)
John Brown's Holy War (PBS)
Letters Home From an Iowa Soldier in the American Civil War
Looking for Lincoln (PBS)
Not For Ourselves Alone
Overview of the Civil War
Outline of the Civil War (Great American History)
Rare Map Collection - The American Civil War
Reconstruction Era of the United States (Wikipedia)
Reconstruction: The Second Civil War (PBS)
The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow (PBS)
The Role of Women in the Civil War (Digital History)
The Smithsonian (Civil War)
Smithsonian Civil War Studies
Teacher Resources (Civil War)
Teaching Abraham Lincoln (EDSITEment)
Teaching the Civil War with Technology
The Trial of John Brown
The Underground Railraod (National Geographic)
Underground Railroad (National Geographic)
U.S. Grant: Warrior (PBS)
The Valley of the Shadow
Votes for Women: Timeline (LOC)
Women's Suffrage (Gilder Lehrman)
Emergence of the Modern United States
1. Analyze how the aspects of industrialization transformed the American economy beginning in the late 19th century
2. Assess how the social developments influenced American society in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries
3. Analyze events which caused a transformation of the United States during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries
4. Analyze the effect of direct democracy (initiative, referendum, recall) on your state's statehood.
A History of American Sweatshops 1820 to Present (American History)
A War in Perspective
America 1900 (PBS)
American Entry into World War 1 (Wikipedia)
American Imperialism (Wikipedia)
American Leaders Speak (LOC)
Assimilation Through Education (LOC)
Biographies of the Harlem Renaissance (42 Explore)
Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum
Child Labor in America (History Place)
Clash of Cultures (eHistory)
Crucible of Empire: The Spanish-American War (PBS)
Digital History: The Jazz Age
The Dramas of Haymarket (Chicago History)
Duke Ellington
First World War
Gilded Age (Wikipedia)
The Great War (PBS)
Harlem Renaissance (LOC)
The Haymarket Trial of 1886
Historical Thinking Matters: Scopes Trial
Historical Thinking Matters: Spanish-American War
The Industrial Revolution in the United States (LOC)
Influenza 1918 (PBS)
Jazz (PBS)
Lindbergh (PBS)
Progressive Era (Wikipedia)
Red Scare
The Richest Man in the World: Andrew Carnegie (PBS)
Roaring Twenties (Wikipedia)
The Sacco and Vanzetti Trial
Scopes Trial
Shaping the American Economy (Gilder Lehrman)
The Spanish American War Centennial Website
Temperance and Prohibition
The Town of Pullman
TR, The Story of Theodore Roosevelt (PBS)
Trench Warfare (BBC)
Theodore Roosevelt (LOC)
Theodore Roosevelt
The Triangle Factory Fire
Triangle Fire (PBS)
Virtual New York City
Woodrow Wilson (PBS)
The World of 1898 (LOC)
World War I (Fordham)
World War I: Trenching on the Web
World War One (BBC)
Great Depression and World War II
1. Describe causes and consequences of the Great Depression
2. Describe the impact of American involvement in World War II
A More Perfect Union (American History)
America in the 1930's
Bread Line (PBS)
Children of the Camps (PBS)
The Crash of 1929 (PBS)
D-Day (PBS)
D-Day (Army)
Dust Bowl Migrations (LOC)
First World War: Vintage Audio and Video
FDR Cartoon Collection
Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
Great Depression (Wikipedia)
The Great Depression
The Great Depression (History)
Historical Thinking Matters: Social Security
Inside World War II (History)
Interactive Periodic Table of the New Deal
Japanese American Internment During World War II (LOC)
Japanese Propaganda Booklet from World War II
Native Words/Native Warriors
New Deal (Wikipedia)
New Deal Network
The Normandy Campaign
The Pacific (HBO)
Pacific War Animated
Posters from the WPA: Collection Highlights Index (LOC)
Powers of Persuasion
Remembering Pearl Harbor (National Geographic)
Riding the Rails (PBS)
Sights and Sounds of D-Day's Untold Stories (National Geographic)
Surviving the Dust Bowl (PBS)
U.S. Rationing During World War II (Smithsonian Education)
World War II (Wikipedia)
World War II: Behind Closed Doors (PBS)
World War II on the Home Front: Civic Responsibility (Smithsonian Education)
World War II: Pilot Training Videos
Postwar United States
1. Analyze aspects of America’s post World War II foreign policy
2. Describe aspects of American post-World War II domestic policy
3. Describe aspects of post World War II American society
1960's (Wikipedia)
1970's (Wikipedia)
African-American Civil Rights Movement (Wikipedia)
America's Civil Rights Movement 1954-1985 (PBS)
Apollo 11
Battlefield: Vietnam (PBS)
The Berlin Airlift (PBS)
The Berlin Wall (Newseum)
Beyond Brown: Pursuing the Promise (PBS)
Cold War (Wikipedia)
The Cold War Museum (Cold War)
Cuban Missile Crisis
The Fall of Saigon (CBS News)
Finishing the Dream (NBC Learn)
Freedom Riders (PBS)
Greensboro Sit-Ins: Launch the Civil Rights Movement
High Point: Sputnik Launched (Time)
Historical Thinking Matters: Rosa Parks
Journey to Little Rock
Journey to the Moon
The Legacy of Brown
Levittown: Documents of an Ideal American Suburb
The Little Rock Nine Foundation
The Murder of Emmett Till (PBS)
My Lai (PBS)
The Presidency and the Cold War
Race for the Superbomb (PBS)
Remember Segregation
Space Race (Wikipedia)
The Story of the Greensboro Four (PBS)
The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott
United States in the 1950's (Wikipedia)
Vietnam Online (PBS)
Vietnam War (Wikipedia)
The Wars for Viet Nam: 1945 to 1975
We Choose The Moon: Pre-Launch
Contemporary United States
1. Describe current events using information from class discussions and various resources (e.g., newspapers, magazines, television, Internet, books, maps).
2. Identify the connection between current and historical events and issues using information from class discussions and various resources (e.g., newspapers, magazines, television, Internet, books, maps).
3. Describe how key political, social, environmental, and economic events of the late 20th century and early 21st century (e.g., Watergate, OPEC/oil crisis, Central American wars/Iran-Contra, End of Cold War, first Gulf War, September 11) affected, and continue to affect, the United States.
1990's (Wikipedia)
911 Attacks (History)
The Gulf War (PBS)
The Impeachment Trial (PBS)
Inside 911 (National Geographic)
Jimmy Carter (PBS)
The New York Times
Reagan (PBS)
Reagan Era (Wikipedia)
Richard Nixon Foundation
The War of Terror After Osama bin Laden (The New York Times)
War on Terror (Wikipedia)
The Washington Post
The Watergate Files
The Watergate Story (The Washington Post)
U.S. History AP
A More Perfect Union
Advanced Placement U.S. History (History Mentor)
Advanced Placement United States History Syllabus
Advanced Placement United States History Resources and Links (History Addict)
AH AP Primary Sources Research Page (History Teacher)
American History AP Main Page (History Teacher)
American History AP Quizzes
AP Exam Grading Changes (AP Pass)
AP History Resources
AP U.S. History
AP U.S. History
AP U.S. History
AP U.S. History
AP U.S. History Topic Outline
Pre-AP American History Syllabus
U.S. History 1 for AP (Hippo Campus)
U.S. History II for AP (Hippo Campus)
Additional U.S. History Sites
A More Perfect Blog
Academic American History
America in the 20th Century (Media Rich Learning
American Experience (PBS)
American History (About)
American History
American History (Mr. Donn)
American Memory Home (LOC)
American Rhetoric: Online Speech Bank
America's Story
Charting the Future of Teaching the Past
Critical Past
Digital History
Discovery, Exploration, Colonies and Revolution (Teacher Oz)
The Gilder Lehman Institute of American History
Hippo Campus/US History
The History 2.0 Classroom
History Games (Fun Brain)
The History Guide-Resources for Historians
History by Everett/Biology by Meade
History by Topics (History)
History Matters
History Mystery (Scholastic)
The History Place
History and Social Studies (Discovery Education)
History Teacher
History Tech
Library of Congress (LOC)
National History Day
National Jukebox (LOC)
Presentations and Activities (LOC)
Resource Guides by Period (Digital History)
Social Studies IQ Quizzes
Speaking of History
Teaching American History Resources
TCI Blog
This Day in History (History)
US History
US History (Discovery)
U.S. History
U.S. History 1 (Hippo Campus)
U.S. History II (Hippo Campus)
U.S. History Org
U.S. History Study Stacks
U.S. History Video Sources
US History Teacher Blog