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Walt Whitman Hypertext Archive features Whitman's poetry and prose, including his manuscripts, notebooks, and letters. It contains a searchable database of digitized images of original documents, transcriptions of...  (University of Iowa, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
The Gettysburg Address contains images and transcriptions of the various drafts of the famous document as well as translations into 28 languages...  (Library of Congress)
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)
The Wizard of Oz explores the publishing history, stage and film adaptations, and famous artifacts of one of America's greatest and best-loved homegrown fairytales. Visitors can view L. Frank Baum's...  (Library of Congress)
The Hannah Arendt Papers offers selections from a writer whose work is one of the principal sources for the study of modern intellectual life. Selections include an essay on Arendt's intellectual history, a...  (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)
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)
Hawthorne in Salem explores Nathaniel Hawthorne's connection to Salem, Massachusetts, with a primary focus on "the Custom House sketch," the first chapter of The Scarlet Letter. The site also presents...  (North Shore Community College, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
The Nineteenth Century in Print: the Making of America in Books and Periodicals presents digitized books and periodicals published in the U.S. during the 19th century. The collection includes 23 popular magazines and more than 1,500 books that illuminate themes...  (Library of Congress)
Knowing Poe introduces us to the life, works, and writing techniques of Edgar Allan Poe. Learn about point of view in "The Cask of Amontillado." See Poe's edits in subsequent versions of "The...  (Maryland Public Television, supported by Department of Education)
The Big Read encourages communities to read and discuss novels. Teacher guides, discussion questions, and other information are provided for Fahrenheit 451, My Ántonia, The Great Gatsby...  (National Endowment for the Arts)
Mark Twain's Mississippi examines what the Mississippi Valley meant to people in the 1800s and how these meanings influenced Twain's writing. Learn about economic development, politics, race, religion...  (Northern Illinois University, supported by Institute of Museum and Library Services)
Revising Himself: Walt Whitman and Leaves of Grass is a virtual tour of Whitman's life tracing the 40-year history of his famous masterpiece, from when it was first published (1855) to the ninth and final edition (1892). Depicted are...  (Library of Congress) features classic books online for children and teens. Find the text and illustrations of "Humpty Dumpty," "Mother Goose," "The Three Bears," "Our Flag," "The Arabian Nights," "The...  (Library of Congress)
International Children's Digital Library aims to make the best in children's literature from around the world available free on the web. It includes nearly 5,000 books in over 50 languages in a child-friendly format for...  (International Children's Digital Library, supported by National Science Foundation)
African American History Month Federal Resources The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution...  (Library of Congress)
Literature and Poetry Community Center is a collection of resources about poetry, literature, and writers -- William Blake, Stephen Crane, Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, and others. Hear...  (Library of Congress)
Mark Twain Project Online offers more than 2300 letters from Twain's correspondence between 1853 and 1880. The ultimate aim of this project is to produce a digital critical edition, fully annotated, of...  (MTPO, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
Zora Neale Hurston Plays presents manuscripts of 10 plays written by author, anthropologist, and folklorist Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960). The plays had been deposited in the U.S. Copyright Office between...  (Library of Congress)
Nineteenth-Century America in Art and Literature presents documents paired with 7 paintings, including Mahantango Valley Farm, Jolly Flatboatmen, and White Cloud, Head Chief of the Iowas. These...  (National Gallery of Art)
The Writings of Henry D. Thoreau is an attempt to recover the lost words of one of America's most influential writers and to create a complete, definitive, and annotated edition of his writings...  (Northern Illinois University, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
F. Scott Fitzgerald: Winter Dreams provides a timeline of Fitzgerald's career, an essay written and read by E.L. Doctorow, an interview with the filmmaker, and footage not included in the original documentary...  (WNET, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
Kate Chopin: A Re-Awakening revisits the life and work of this 19th-century Louisiana author whose story of a woman's self-realization, The Awakening, shocked the Victorian establishment and devastated her own...  (Louisiana Educational Television, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
Little House in the Census: Almanzo and Laura Ingalls Wilder displays records from the 1880 and 1990 census schedules showing that Laura Ingalls, Almanzo Wilder, and families of the popular Little House on the Prairie series were not mere...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Grapes of Wrath Scrapbook aims to enhance reading and understanding of "The Grapes of Wrath" through ethnographic research -- collections of sound recordings, drawings, photos, fieldnotes, and correspondence...  (Library of Congress)
America Dreams investigates what the American Dream has meant over the years to poets, politicians, comedians, musicians, photographers, lawyers, reporters, and others. Students may contribute to the...  (Library of Congress)
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)
Poet At Work: Recovered Notebooks from Walt Whitman features four Walt Whitman notebooks that disappeared from the Library of Congress in 1942 and that were subsequently returned in 1995. Images of the notebooks are available, as are...  (Library of Congress)
1900 America: Historical Voices, Poetic Visions is a lesson plan in which students create their own multi-media epic poems about the year 1900. Walt Whitman’s "Song of Myself" and Hart Crane’s "The Bridge" serve as artistic models...  (Library of Congress)
Portraits, Visual and Written features Louisa May Alcott and Samuel Clemens. See excerpts from Alcott's girlhood journal and Little Women. Read Clemens' explanation of his white suit in Mark...  (Smithsonian Institution)

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