Category: History

  • "The Greatest Dam in the World": Building Hoover Dam
    • Learn why the building of Hoover Dam was a triumph for the Bureau of Reclamation and how it came to symbolize what American industry and American workers could accomplish, even in the depths of the Great Depression. Includes readings, images, and lessons.
  • Abraham Lincoln's First Inaugural Address
    • President Abraham Lincoln addresses the United States on issues of slavery and Southern States rights in the union
  • Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address
    • President Abraham Lincoln addresses the United States with regard to the American Civil War
  • America's Space Program: Exploring a New Frontier
    • Discover how NASA, private industry, and research institutions across the country cooperated to develop and implement the complex technology that enabled man to land on the moon. Includes readings, images, and lessons.
  • Art History
    • Spontaneous conversations about works of art where the speakers are not afraid to disagree with each other or art history orthodoxy. Videos are made by Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker along with other contributors. From 400 C.E. to 1960 C.E.
  • Carnegie Libraries: The Future Made Bright
    • Discover how and why industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie chose libraries to be among his greatest benefactions to the U.S., and assess the impact of libraries on American society. Includes readings, images, and lessons.
  • Corpus Scriptorum Latinorum
    • a digital library of Latin literature
  • Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park: Where the Wright Brothers Conquered the Air
    • Discover the early influences that inspired the Wright brothers as inventors and the importance of the Wright Cycle Company Complex where they developed the key mechanical skills that profoundly impacted their invention of the airplane.Includes readings, images, and lessons.
  • Documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention
    • These collections contain 277 documents relating to the work of Congress and the drafting and ratification of the Constitution. Items include extracts of the journals of Congress, resolutions, proclamations, committee reports, treaties, and early printed versions of the United States Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.
  • Europe in the Age of Religious Wars, 1560-1715
    • By the beginning of the 16th century, the medieval Church and all that it represented, entered a period of profound crisis. By this time, the Church was nearly fifteen centuries old. Throughout its history the Church always had to confront problems both within its organization and from without. But by 1500, these problems rose to the surface.
  • European Agrarian Society: Manorialism
    • One of the greatest achievements of the early Middle Ages was the emergence of the single-family farm as the basic unit of production. Villa owners, that is, former Roman patricians, were forced to settle their slaves on their own estates. The wreckage of the Roman Empire demanded such a development.
  • Explore the Constitution
    • Explore the preamble, the articles, and the amendments to the United States Constitution.
  • Federal Courthouses and Post Offices: Symbols of Pride and Permanence in American Communities
    • Learn how three buildings restored and maintained by the U.S. General Services Administration illustrate the important role the federal government played and continues to play in communities across the country. Includes readings, images, and lessons.
  • Genocide Studies Program
    • Founded in January 1998 to expand the work begun in 1994 by Yale University’s Cambodian Genocide Program, the Genocide Studies Program at Yale’s MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies conducts research, seminars and conferences on comparative, interdisciplinary, and policy issues relating to the phenomenon of genocide, and has provided training to researchers from afflicted regions, including Cambodia, Rwanda, and East Timor. For more information about the program, please see the “About” page.
  • Harry Truman and Independence, Missouri: "This is Where I Belong"
    • Learn why the life of the 33rd U.S. President serves as an example of civic duty and explore the town that helped form his character. Includes readings, images, and lessons.
  • History
    • The history of the world (eventually)!
  • History and Social Studies
    • This site features a collection of lesson plans, able to be sorted by grade, subtopic, and number of class periods.
  • History of the World
    • Important events in world history categorized by region & empire.
  • In the Wake of the Black Death
    • The primary disruption of the 14th century was the appearance of the Black Death. The Black Death was ultimately responsible for the gruesome death of more than 25 million people, a figure which represented at least 30 percent of Europe's total population.
  • Internet History Sourcebooks
    • The Internet History Sourcebooks Project is a collection of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts covering Ancient History, Medieval History, and Modern History. Also includes detailed, thematically based subsets of texts, with some additional documents and links, of the three main Sourcebooks listed above: African, Eastern Asian, Global, Indian, Jewish, Islamic, Lesbian/Gay, Science and Women; and Special Resources on Byzantium, Medieval, Saints' Lives, and Ancient and Medieval Law.
  • Lectures on Ancient and Medieval European History
    • These lectures were written over the past ten years and served as the basis for my western civilization and upper level European history courses at Florida Atlantic University, Broward Community College, Vance-Granville Community College, Meredith College and Wake Technical Community College.
  • Lectures on Ancient and Medieval European History: A Brief Social History of the Roman Empire
    • A Brief Social History of the Roman Empire
  • Lectures on Ancient and Medieval European History: Ancient Western Asia and the Civilization of Mesopotamia
    • Before Civilization as well as the Civilization of Mesopotamia.
  • Lectures on Ancient and Medieval European History: Augustus Caesar and the Pax Romana
    • History about Augustus Caesar and the period of The Roman Peace...
  • Lectures on Ancient and Medieval European History: Christianity as a Cultural Revolution
    • When Christianity came to the Roman Empire it performed perhaps one of the most significant cultural revolutions in the history of the West.
  • Lectures on Ancient and Medieval European History: Classical Greece, 500-323BC
    • This is the age of the great historians Herodotus and Thucydides, great dramatists like Sophocles, Euripides and Aeschylus, and the brilliant philosopher Socrates. The 5th century is also regarded as the age when the Greeks embraced their brilliant experiment in direct democracy.
  • Lectures on Ancient and Medieval European History: Early Roman Civilization, 753-509BC
    • The Roman poet Ovid (43 B.C.-A.D. 17) composed the above lines as the Epilogue to his poem, Metamorphosis, sometime around A.D. 9. Augustus Caesar had been imperator of the Roman Empire for more than twenty years. It was the era of the Pax Romana. The Greeks had "fathered" history in the works of Hellenic historians like Herodotus and Thucycdides. However, the Greeks failed to see history in terms of a future.
  • Lectures on Ancient and Medieval European History: Egyptian Civilization
    • The basic element in the lengthy history of Egyptian civilization is geography. The Nile River rises from the lakes of central Africa as the White Nile and from the mountains of Ethiopia as the Blue Nile. The White and Blue Nile meet at Khartoum and flow together northward to the Nile delta, where the 4000 mile course of this river spills into the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Lectures on Ancient and Medieval European History: From Polis to Cosmopolis: Alexander the Great
    • There is little doubt that the Peloponnesian War ultimately signified the end of the city-state as a creative force which fulfilled the lives of the citizenry. Throughout the 5th and 4th centuries, the political history of the Greek world degenerated into oligarchy.
  • Lectures on Ancient and Medieval European History: Greek Thought: Socrates, Plato and Aristotle
    • The political and social upheaval caused by the Persian Wars as well as continued strife between Athens and Sparta had at least one unintended consequence. In the 5th century, a flood of new ideas poured into Athens. In general, these new ideas came as a result of an influx of Ionian thinkers into the Attic peninsula.
  • Lectures on Ancient and Medieval European History: Homer and the Greek Renaissance, 900-600BC
    • Throughout the past 2500 years of western history there has been a tendency on the part of one age after another to go back in time to find something of itself in the past. The quest for collective identity has often taken scholars, artists, intellectuals, philosophers, scientists and others back to that historical point in time in which it all began.
  • Lectures on Ancient and Medieval European History: Republican Rome, 509-31BC
    • In 509 B.C., and after having expelled the Etruscans, the Romans constructed a form of political organization we call a republic. Gradually, a series of documents were drawn up which together make up the Roman constitution. The constitution outlined the legal rights of citizens and in Rome, everyone with the exception of women, slaves and resident aliens, qualified as a citizen.
  • Lectures on Ancient and Medieval European History: The Akkadians, Egyptians and the Hebrews
    • The Akkadian Kingdom & Ancient Egypt.
  • Lectures on Ancient and Medieval European History: What is Civilization?
    • Up to about the year 1860, man's history had been conveniently divided into three distinct epochs: ancient, medieval and modern. After 1860, however, a new expression came into general use to describe the cultures of the distant past. Pre-history was the name given to that period of man's history before written documents appeared. We can now study man's pre-history through the field of archeology.
  • Lectures on Early Modern European History
    • Welcome to The History Guide's Lectures on Early Modern European History. These lectures were written over the past ten years and served as the basis for my upper division European intellectual history and western civilization classes at Florida Atlantic University and Meredith College.
  • Lectures on Mondern European Intellectual History
    • The History Guide's Lectures on Modern European Intellectual History: Abelard to Nietzsche. These lectures were written over the past five years and served as the basis for my upper division European intellectual history and history of European socialism classes at Florida Atlantic University and Meredith College.
  • Lincoln Home National Historic Site: A Place of Growth and Memory
    • Learn how Abraham Lincoln's belief in freedom and democracy, his eloquence, and the support of family and community propelled him to the White House and uplifted him through the turbulent Civil War. Includes readings, images, and lessons.
  • MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive
    • Biographies, Historical Mathematical Topics, Famous Curves, and more.
  • Minuteman Missile National Historic Site: Protecting a Legacy of the Cold War
    • Examine how the escalation of the Cold War led to the development and deployment of the Minuteman Missile system and investigate the role of missileers as America's "peacekeepers." Includes readings, images, and lessons.
  • Opuscula: Short Texts of the Middle Ages and Renaissance
    • Opuscula: Short Texts of the Middle Ages and Renaissance is a peer-reviewed, on-line journal/text series published by Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of Saskatchewan, specializing in short texts of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. The journal includes a broad range of pre-modern texts including but not limited to literary and philosophical works, letters, charters, court documents, and notebooks.
  • Overview of the History of Mathematics
    • An overview of the history of mathematics.
  • Picturing America
    • Picturing America brings masterpieces of American art into classrooms and libraries nationwide. Through this innovative program, students and citizens will gain a deeper appreciation of our country’s history and character through the study and understanding of its art.
  • Reading Quest: Making Sense in Social Studies
    • ReadingQuest is designed to provide you with the philosophical bases for sound comprehension strategy instruction, directions for a range of comprehension and content reading strategies, and printable handouts and masters for transparencies. You will be invited to think about how a social studies skills framework might help you choose the right strategies for your lessons.
  • Renaissance Portraits
    • The idea of the renaissance is complicated and full of problems of interpretation and definition. The expression "Renaissance" is a value-charged expression because it carries with it a whole series of connotations that go beyond just the simple meaning of "rebirth."
  • Skagway: Gateway to the Klondike
    • A lesson plan on the discovery of gold in the Klondike.
  • Social Studies: Latin America and Canada
    • An online moodle course about Latin American and Canadian Social Studies.
  • Springwood: Birthplace and Home to Franklin D. Roosevelt
    • Understand how Springwood was the keystone in Franklin Delano Roosevelt's public as well as private life by playing host to some very dramatic events in American history. Includes readings, images, and lessons.
  • The History Guide
    • To better prepare students for history classes and to make classtime more enjoyable and proficient.
  • The Invention Factory: Thomas Edison's Laboratories
    • Tour Edison's West Orange complex where his creative combination of research, production, and marketing revolutionized the business of invention. Includes readings, images, and lessons.
  • The Library of Congress Civil War
    • Article about civil war era mapping.
  • The Protestant Reformation
    • The Renaissance helped to secularize European society. Man was now the creator of his own destiny - in a word, the Renaissance unleashed the very powerful notion that man makes his own history.
  • The Scientific Revolution, 1543-1600
    • One of the most important developments in the western intellectual tradition was the Scientific Revolution.
  • The Scientific Revolution, 1600-1642
    • Isaac Newton could conceive of and demonstrate the laws of universal gravitation, a practical understanding of motion was required. This practical understanding of mechanics would be provided by an Italian astronomer and mathematician by the name of Galileo Galilei.
  • The Scientific Revolution, 1642-1730
    • Past historians have looked at the history of modern science from precisely this point of view. Like the Renaissance, the Scientific Revolution has been interpreted as explosive, a surge forward, a watershed.
  • The United States Air Force Academy: Founding a Proud Tradition
    • Learn how the expansion of military air power in the first half of the 20th century led to the establishment of the United States Air Force and the Air Force Academy. Includes readings, images, and lessons.
  • The United States Bill of Rights
    • The first ten amendments in the United States constitution
  • The United States Constitution
    • The Constitution of the United States of America
  • The Web Chronology Project
    • The site consists of a series of hyperlinked chronologies developed by the instructors and historical articles prepared by students intended for use in history classes. The chronologies present alternatives to conventional historical periodizations; the articles allow students to share information with one another and with the world.
  • US History Sourcebook - Advanced
    • This covers U.S. history from Colonial America through World War I.
  • US History Sourcebook - Basic
    • This covers U.S. history from Colonial America through World War I.
  • Victorian Political History: An Overview
    • Topics include: Timelines; Corn Laws; Reform Acts; Women's Suffrage; Miscellaneous; Prime Ministers; Other Figures; The British Empire and International Relations; and Economic History.
  • We The People
    • We the People is an NEH program designed to encourage and enhance the teaching, study, and understanding of American history, culture, and democratic principles. Delve into EDSITEment's contribution with these lesson plans, websites, and special features!
  • www.nizkor.org
    • Dedicated to 12 million Holocaust victims who suffered and died at the hands of Adolf Hitler and his Nazi regime.