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Language of the Land: Journeys Into Literary America examines the "sense of place" evoked by landscapes described in the works of Walt Whitman, Mark Twain, Jack Kerouac, John Steinbeck, and other American writers. Literary passages are...  (Library of Congress)
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)
Southern Mosaic: The John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States Recording Trip is a field collection of 700 sound recordings, field notes, dust jackets, and other manuscripts documenting a three-month, 6,502-mile trip through the southern U.S. The recordings...  (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)
Our Shared History: African American Heritage tells about the Underground Railroad, African Americans in the Civil War, historic places of the civil rights movement, the Delta blues of the Lower Mississippi Valley, and landmarks...  (National Park Service)
Washington DC: A Guide to the Historic Neighborhoods and Monuments of Our Nation's Capital identifies 96 historic places that bring the 200-year history of our nation's capital to life. Learn about famous national landmarks -- the Mall, Capitol Building, White House -- and...  (National Park Service)
The Church in the Southern Black Community, 1780-1925 traces how Southern African-Americans experienced Protestant Christianity and transformed it into the central institution of community life. Coverage begins with white churches'...  (Library of Congress)
Remembering Jim Crow is a companion to a radio documentary, and examines the system that, for much of the 20th century, barred many African Americans from their rights as U.S. citizens. Read personal...  (American RadioWorks, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
Texas Beyond History is a virtual museum of online exhibits, lessons, and interactive learning that covers 13,500 years of human history in Texas, from Clovis hunters to 20th century cotton farmers...  (Texas Archeological Research Laboratory, University of Texas, Austin, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities) provides lessons, teaching guides, best practices, and other resources for teaching history. See videos on "what is historical thinking," teaching history in elementary school, and...  (, supported by Department of Education)
Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) was an American poet, historian, and folklorist. He won the Pulitzer Prize for this biography of Lincoln and a second for his poetry. His family‚Äôs home in...  (National Park Service)
Along the Georgia-Florida Coast is a travel itinerary of historic sites that help us understand key developments in America's past: encounters between Europeans and Native Americans, European settlement, plantation...  (National Park Service)
Louisiana: European Explorations and the Louisiana Purchase features an essay accompanied by 119 documents and maps that tell the story of the Louisiana Purchase. Learn about Louisiana under French rule and later Spanish rule. Find out why...  (Library of Congress)
Tinker, Tailor, Farmer, Sailor is a lesson in which students use primary sources to determine why Europeans settlers were drawn to particular regions of America. Among the geographic conditions they consider...  (Library of Congress)
Thurmond: A Town Born from Coal Mines and Railroads recounts the story of the New River Gorge area in West Virginia. It is mountainous and remained sparsely populated and largely inaccessible until 1873, when the Chesapeake and Ohio...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Glorieta and Raton Passes: Gateways to the Southwest examines the role of these two passes in ensuring that the Southwest would become and remain part of the U.S. Learn about traders and armies that depended on the passes, which were...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
American Southwest presents a travel itinerary of 58 historic places across Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico. It includes forts built to protect mail routes and settlers, missions and churches...  (National Register of Historic Places, supported by National Park Service)
Discover Atlanta, Georgia is a travel itinerary of 70 places that tell the story of Atlanta -- its picturesque homes and skyscrapers, tales of former slaves, educators, authors, and millionaires who shaped it...  (National Register of Historic Places, supported by National Park Service)
Chattanooga, Tennessee: Train Town helps students see how geography and promotion combined to encourage the growth of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and how railroads shaped the organization and architecture of this and other...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
George Wallace: Settin' The Woods on Fire features the political and personal life of George Wallace. Four times governor of Alabama and four times a candidate for president, he was feared as a racist demagogue and admired as...  (WGBH, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
All History Is Local: Students as Archivists tells how students at the Arkansas School for Mathematics and Sciences analyzed archival materials, developed digital collections, and made their projects available online in the...  (Library of Congress)
Savannah, Georgia: The Lasting Legacy of Colonial City Planning describes the establishing of Georgia as a colony in America and the design of the settlement. When a friend in jail for debt died there, General James Oglethorpe, a member of the...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Decatur House: A Home of the Rich and Powerful examines the life of Stephen Decatur, a naval hero who died as a result of a duel in 1820, and considers the role the house he built played in the political and social scene of the...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Now What a Time: Blues, Gospel, and the Fort Valley Music Festivals, 1938-1943 consists of sound recordings, primarily blues and gospel songs, and related documentation created by John Wesley Work III in 1941 and by Lewis Jones and Willis Laurence James in March...  (Library of Congress)
Washington As It Was: Photographs by Theodor Horydczak, 1923-1959 gathers 14,000 photographs of the architectural and social life of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, including exteriors and interiors of...  (Library of Congress)
Castolon: A Meeting Place of Two Cultures depicts a small trading and farming community in far southwest Texas, near the border with Mexico (in the southwest corner of today's Big Bend National Park). Castolon was a farming...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Nile of the New World: Lower Mississippi River Valley features stories and resources to help students learn about the heritage of this diverse region. Stories form a picture of the Delta's natural, historic, and cultural resources, and...  (National Park Service)
Scottsboro: An American Tragedy provides a timeline, maps, teachers' guide, and more about the 1931 rape accusation made by two white women against 9 nine black teenagers in Paint Rock, Alabama. The incident began...  (WGBH, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
San Antonio Missions: Spanish Influence in Texas explores a group of 18th-century missions in modern San Antonio to learn about the Spanish influence on native peoples and the patterns of Texas culture. Students can learn about the...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Frederica: An 18th-Century Planned Community recounts British efforts to establish Georgia as a utopia in the American wilderness (1730s) and to fortify the colony against Spanish encroachment, in part through the creation of a...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
When Rice Was King concentrates on Georgetown County, South Carolina, where rice, rather than cotton, was the principal commercial product. The site contains maps, readings, photos, drawings, as well as...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Establishing Borders: The Expansion of the United States, 1846-48 offers geography and history activities showing how two years in history had an indelible impact on American politics and culture. Students interpret historical maps, identify...  (Smithsonian Institution)
Behind the Veil: Documenting African American Life in the Jim Crow South is a research project on African American life during the Jim Crow era (c. 1890s-1950s). It was a time of undeniable oppression and exploitation of black Americans; however, these 60...  (Center for Documentary Studies, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
The North Carolina State Capitol: Pride of the State tells the story of this state capitol -- how a committee settled on a location, how a new town (Raleigh) was laid out in 1792, and why the "political temple" erected in mid 1800s...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Lexington, Kentucky: The Athens of the West highlights 29 places that illustrate the transformation of the city from a small frontier post during the Revolutionary War into a center of economic, intellectual, and political...  (National Park Service)
The Golden Crescent, Crossroads of Florida and Georgia examines the cultural history of the Atlantic Coast from Savannah to Cape Canaveral and inland toward Tallahassee. Maps, texts, and pictures illustrate the area's transformations...  (National Park Service)
Historic Charleston's Religious and Community Buildings explores Charleston's heritage by examining 42 historic places. More than 300 years of history are covered, including the Walled City of the British colony, the growth of the shipping...  (National Park Service)
To Kill a Mockingbird is a lesson plan for teachers that uses primary source materials on the Depression and Southern and African American experiences. The unit emphasizes language arts and offers...  (Library of Congress)
South Texas Border, 1900-1920: Photographs for the Robert Runyon Collection presents more than 8,000 of the photographer's items, including negatives, slides, prints, and postcards documenting the history and development of South Texas and the border. His...  (Library of Congress)
Tending the Commons: Folklife and Landscape in Southern West Virginia, 1992-1999 features original sound recordings and photographs centered around hunting, gathering, and subsistence gardening in the mountains in Southern West Virginia's Big Coal River Valley...  (Library of Congress)
Vieux Carré: A Creole Neighborhood in New Orleans looks at the history of the French Quarter, the heart and soul of modern New Orleans and a constant reminder of the city's Creole, colonial past...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)

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