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First Person Narratives


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History Matters is a gateway to web resources and threaded discussions for high school and college teachers of U.S. history survey courses. It presents first-person narratives about the experiences of...  (George Mason University, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
First Person Narratives of the American South, 1860-1920 documents the culture of the 19th century American South from the viewpoint of Southerners. It includes diaries, autobiographies, memoirs, ex-slave narratives, and travel accounts of...  (Library of Congress)
Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938 offers 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 photos of former slaves. The collection can be searched by name, city, state, topic, or other key words. These narratives were...  (Library of Congress)
Pioneering the Upper Midwest: Books from Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, 1820-1910 portrays the states of Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin from the 17th to the early 20th century through first-person accounts, biographies, promotional literature, local histories...  (Library of Congress)
Documenting the American South is a full-text database of primary resources on Southern history, literature, and culture from the colonial period through the first decades of the 20th century. Currently, this...  (University of North Carolina, supported by Library of Congress)
Veterans History Project is collecting oral histories, letters, diaries, and photos of America's war veterans and those supported them. The project includes participants in World War I, World War II, and the...  (Library of Congress)
American Notes: Travels in America, 1750-1920 provides 253 narratives describing travels in the colonies and U.S. The collection includes works by authors not widely known as well as by Matthew Arnold, James Fenimore Cooper...  (Library of Congress)
Teaching About the Holocaust offers teachers an online workshop, teaching guide, chronology, personal histories, lessons, and other publications for teaching about the Holocaust. Online learning activities and...  (Holocaust Memorial Museum)
Holocaust Encyclopedia weaves photos, narratives, and historical footage into a web presentation on more than 20 Holocaust topics, including antisemitism, pogroms, the Third Reich, the "final solution," the...  (Holocaust Memorial Museum)
Journeys West helps students examine the motivations of people who traveled west during the 1800s, as well as the conditions they encountered, the conflicts between settlers and native people, and...  (Library of Congress)
After the Day of Infamy offers 12 hours of interviews recorded in the days and months following the bombing of Pearl Harbor from more than 200 individuals in cities and towns across the U.S. Audio and...  (Library of Congress)
Quake: 1906 San Francisco Quake tells why the April 18, 1906, earthquake along the San Andreas Fault was "one of the most significant earthquakes of all time." See photos, eyewitness accounts, the 1906 seismogram...  (U.S. Geological Survey)
From Slavery to Freedom, 1824-1909 presents nearly 400 pamphlets written by African-Americans and others about slavery, emancipation, African colonization, Reconstruction, and related topics. Materials range from...  (Library of Congress)
Experiencing War (Voices of War): Stories from the Veterans History Project is the companion website for a book from the Veterans History Project. Video interviews, photos, and letters relate war through the eyes of 60 veterans and civilians. Stories are...  (Library of Congress)
North American Slave Narratives offers more than 250 memoirs, autobiographies, and narratives from individuals who were slaves. An African king who was sold into slavery, the dress maker for Mary Todd Lincoln, the...  (University of North Carolina, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
What Is an American? invites students to look at life histories from the interviews of everyday Americans conducted by Works Progress Administration officials between 1936-1940 and determine to what extent...  (Library of Congress)
From the Home Front and the Front Lines consists of original materials and oral histories drawn from the Veterans History Project, which collects and preserves the experiences of America's war veterans and those who...  (Library of Congress)
Slavery and Abolition presents two dozen publications written in the 19th century about slavery in America. It includes first-person accounts from former slaves, judicial opinions, abolitionist pieces, and...  (Library of Congress)
Voices from the Days of Slavery: Former Slaves Tell Their Stories features interviews with 23 former slaves (the oldest was 130 at the time of the interview). These nearly 7 hours of recordings provide a glimpse of what life was like for slaves and...  (Library of Congress)
Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861-1867 recounts the personal experiences and the drama of emancipation in the words of the participants: liberated slaves and defeated slaveholders, soldiers and civilians, common folk and...  (University of Maryland, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
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