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American Lives: Bookmarks

Maine Humanities Council

Teaching American History

Summer 2007

Valuable Bookmarks Online journals (full-text) available through Bowdoin

Comprehensive index of scholarship on US history

Expensive historical databases available through Bowdoin

"The government paid for it" websites

The only sites you'll ever need for historical maps

"Promiscuous" sources of historical information on the web

Salem Witchcraft Trials

A collection of images, documents, essays, maps, links, games, and other information pertaining to the Salem Witch Trials of 1692.

Experience the 1692 Salem witch-hunt in a terrifying online trial: 'Are you a witch? How long have you been in the snare of the devil? Confess!'

Martha Ballard

A site that shows you how to piece together the past from the fragments that have survived. Our case study: Martha Ballard.

Thomas Jefferson

Explore the house, gardens, and plantation of Monticello, the mountaintop home of Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States and author of the Declaration of Independence.

The Thomas Jefferson Papers consist of 27,000 documents and is the largest collection of original Jefferson documents in the world. Included in the collection are correspondence, commonplace books, financial account books, and manuscript volumes ranging in date from 1606 to 1827.

This PBS site explores the storied and controversial life of Thomas Jefferson through photo essays, background information, and classroom activities.

This exhibition focuses on the extraordinary written legacy of Thomas Jefferson—founding father, farmer, architect, inventor, slaveholder, book collector, scholar, diplomat, and the third president of the United States. It traces Jefferson's intellectual development from his earliest days in the Piedmont to an ever-expanding realm of influence in republican Virginia, the American Revolutionary government, the creation of the American nation, and the revolution in individual rights in America and the world.


The American Experience | John Brown's Holy War

John Brown led a righteous crusade against slavery, born of religious conviction -- and carried out with shocking violence.

John Brown Homepage

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park - Harpers Ferry National Historical Park (U.S. National Park Service)

Frederick Douglass (American Memory, Library of Congress)

The papers of Frederick Douglass span the years 1841 to 1964, with the bulk of the material concentrated in the period 1862-95. The collection consists of correspondence, speeches and articles by Douglass and his contemporaries, a draft of his autobiography, financial and legal papers, and miscellaneous items.

Frederick Douglass: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave

The Black Abolitionist Papers, Edited by C. Peter Ripley. Editorial Statement.

Gerrit Smith

American Experience | Partners of the Heart | Early Years

Slavery and the Making of America | PBS

Africans in America

Slavery in America

SlaveryInAmerica.org is an educator's site that presents teachers with new historical resources and teaching ideas on one of the most shameful periods in American history.

Supercool history sites you can't miss (can be very useful for teaching)

Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections
The Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in the American Civil War
HarpWeek: Explore History
History Matters: The U.S. Survey Course on the Web
American Studies Electronic Crossroads
Historical United States Census Data Browser

Document sources

M aking of America (Cornell)
Making of America (Michigan)
Nietz Full-Text Collection
American Social History Project -- Home
The Avalon Project at Yale Law School : Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy
Gilder Lehrman Center Index of Online Documents
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. For Historians. Recomended Resources
From Revolution to Reconstruction: Documents
Jacksonian Miscellanies
Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library - Duke University
Abraham Lincoln Historical Digitization Project
NYPL, Digital Library
Electronic Text Center at UVa Library
Documenting the American South homepage
Archiving Early America
American Memory from the Library of Congress
NARA - U.S. National Archives and Records Administration - Archives.gov Home
Samuel J. May Anti-Slavery Collection
Nineteenth Century in Print, Periodicals: Browse Titles

History: Useful online journals

History Now


History: Organizations

H-Net, Humanities & Social Sciences Online

The American Historical Association

Organization of American Historians

SHEAR Homepage

History: News and information

The Chronicle of Higher Education

History News Network

History News Service

Writing and skills


A Brief Citation Guide for Internet Sources in History and the Humanities

Research and Documentation Online

Bartlett, John, comp. 1919. Familiar Quotations, 10th edition

The Quotations Page - Your Source for Famous Quotes

Your source for quotations from famous people and literature. Search or browse over 22,000 quotations from thousands of authors. Includes the popular Quotes of the Day, Motivational Quotes of the Day, Quote Search, and Random Quotations pages.

English to French, Italian & Spanish Dictionary - WordReference.com

AltaVista - Babel Fish Translation

The Bedford Research Room

A Writer's Reference

Hacker Handbook Instructor Resources


Chicago Manual of Style Sample Citations

Making Sense of Evidence

Making Sense of Films

Making Sense of Maps

Making Sense of Numbers

Proofreader's Marks

uw-madison writing center writer's handbook

Online dictionary: Dictionary of Foreign Words (about 8,000 arcticles)

The Work of Edward Tufte and Graphics Press

Plagiarism: Curricular Materials for History Instructors

10 Commandments of Good Historical Writing by Theron F. Schlabach